All you with trophy kitchens can have them. In honor of Gourmet Live’s Kitchen Issue, I’m speaking up for small kitchens. I find them a more efficient space within which to work, and when I’m productive, I’m happy.
Everything’s Within Reach: Standing in the middle of my galley kitchen, I’m within one step of the refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, countertops, and cupboards. That means less time walking, and more time actually cooking.
Seeing is Grabbing: When my equipment is in view, I can quickly find what I need. That’s why I swear by my pot rack. It easily holds 10 heavy cast iron skillets, nine saucepans, and two colanders, with room to spare.
Curated Countertops: With every inch of counter space valued, the small appliances I use the most get prime placement. For me that means the blender, the food processor, a toaster, and a hot air popcorn popper win the prize spots.
Creative Improvisation: Baking sheets are huge space-eaters. When my counters are full, I balance sheet pans on top of the wooden spoons propped in pitchers, or across the top of the blender and the food processor. Even the kitchen stool comes in handy. And the pans are still within reach!
It’s My Space: Although my family of four can fit in the kitchen, it’s not big enough for all of us to work together. So the kitchen has essentially become my space. It’s where I unwind at the end of the day. With a glass of wine and the radio tuned to NPR, I catch up on the world’s events while I take my time cooking dinner.