Amanda's Southern-Style Alcove Kitchen
Location:New York, New York
How many people live in home:One, just me.
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
Because the kitchen is really just right an alcove in the living room, it's integrated into the rest of the apartment and feels like a Southern-style keeping room. It's the tinest little kitchen, but with some creative storage and balancing acts, I've whipped out multicourse meals (including a full blown Thanksgiving feast with three desserts) and thrown some great parties. Everyone always wants to hang out in the kitchen anyway, so mine is right smack in the middle of the party.
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
There is only about one square foot of counterspace. The kitchen is just a alcove with a little oven (I call it the EasyBake Oven), a tiny sink, and small refrigerator. Barely enough space to display my Le Creuset kitchen bling. To create a functional work surface, I bought a really great island from a shop in my hometown in Virginia. The lower shelfs add storage space and the butcherblock top is spacious (and perfect for rolling out pie crusts or kneading biscuit dough...).
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
Whatever the menu, I am happiest cooking big meals for lots of people (a challenge in my mini kitchen). The island makes a great bar for pre-dinner cocktails, so I love inviting my friends over early to imbibe while I cook. Before they arrive I'll whip out the deep fryer for my favorite cocktail nibbles (deep fried blue cheese stuffed olives) for guests to snack on while they watch me cook the main event. And since the "kitchen" is really just part of the living room, my friends can "help" from the couch as we chat and sing along to whatever's on the speakers. After watching me make the dinner, they are all the more appreciative of my efforts when it's time to move to the dining table.
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