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#1 gfweb

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 04:09 PM

I always like looking at kitchen stuff. So for fun and perhaps inspiration I'm starting a thread on The Kitchen.

 

My kitchen has been one for a couple hundred years. We occasionally do cook in the fireplace, esp in the winter.

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Big old Vulcan range. Not the best ovens, but I'm attached to the thing. If we ever redo the kitchen there will be a tough decision to be made.

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Breville Smart Oven and pans

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The actively used cookbooks

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

What is the part of the stove on the right hand side underneath what I assume are cutting boards? Love the stone walls. How old is it exactly? My SIL has stone walls like yours. They bought an old fieldstone house in the country, added a huge addition but left all the stone walls intact. What used to be the back wall of the house is now the stone wall in their kitchen. Similarly, another wall is their bedroom wall, also of the same fieldstone.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 04:56 PM

Under the cutting board is a big flat top that I've used once in 20 years and under that is a giant broiler. The whole thing has 11 pilot lights which warm the whole room if all are lit. We keep a lot of them off to save LP gas.

The place was built in the late 1700s and then enlarged. It's cool to think of what might've been discussed in that kitchen over the years.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 05:35 PM

gfweb, I am now suffering serious range envy.  I can see my DW making pancakes on the flat top.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 05:36 PM

I promised I would play along. Cross my heart my kitchen doesn't usually look like this. I am nursing six sick foster kittens and feeling a bit under the weather myself (minor bug). I promise at some point when it's cleaned up I will repost. In the meantime perhaps this will encourage the scaredy cats who think we all have pristine kitchens to post their photos.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 05:54 PM

Anna...Looks neat to me and incredibly efficient use of space as well. I have a couple of those "contigo" travel mugs myself. Great for both coffee and keeping sauces warm...mostly coffee.

 

Porthos...that grill is a major PITA to keep clean if it isn't used all the time. I suspect that the range is a restaurant model; no normal home could handle the labor to keep the grill clean.  I loved it the one time I cooked on it, but clean-up was monumental. A big cutting board on top hides the thing and is more useful for me.


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#7 Anna N

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 06:21 PM

Anna...Looks neat to me and incredibly efficient use of space as well. I have a couple of those "contigo" travel mugs myself. Great for both coffee and keeping sauces warm...mostly coffee.
 
Porthos...that grill is a major PITA to keep clean if it isn't used all the time. I suspect that the range is a restaurant model; no normal home could handle the labor to keep the grill clean.  I loved it the one time I cooked on it, but clean-up was monumental. A big cutting board on top hides the thing and is more useful for me.


Contigo mug keeps water with ice in it cold all night long. Keep it beside my bed. In the morning there's still an ice cube or two left. Amazing.
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Posted 03 June 2014 - 06:38 PM

There won't be cleaner pictures - it's rarely cleaner!

 

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Notice the missing drawer - apparently I put too much into the drawers and it can't support the weight - so contents of the drawer are in a box (two boxes actually) on the living room floor.  Apparently I will be getting the drawer back - of course hell hasn't frozen over yet!


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 08:43 PM

This is a great topic.  Thank you all for showing!  I posted extensive photos last winter during my last food blog, so I won't take the time to do it again.  

Kerry, that granite countertop resembles one we considered before going for the more swirly effect.  Very cool.  I love the flowers, too!

gfweb, I'd love to have that big stone kitchen and fireplace and range.  What do you use the perforated long-handled tool for that's hanging to the left of the fireplace?

Anna, good for you for your foster care.  I like the way you have a screen (iPad?) set up right next to a work space.  Do you use that regularly for showing recipes or methods while you're cooking?  The place looks very usable.

 


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 08:52 PM

Smithy,that perforated long handled thing is a walnut roaster. Amazon sent it to me instead of the French carbon steel pan I ordered. They said "just keep it" and sent me the right pan in a few days.  Never used it, but it looks so hearthy, so Dickensian, we keep it hanging there as an objet d'art.  We do have walnut trees, BTW, and they are a messy, black staining weed tree that crops up in every garden and wood. Never eaten one of them.


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#11 Kerry Beal

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:28 AM

  We do have walnut trees, BTW, and they are a messy, black staining weed tree that crops up in every garden and wood. Never eaten one of them.

Time to make nocino and vin de noix - no really - the nuts should be the right size now or in a couple of weeks!



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:35 AM

Time to make nocino and vin de noix - no really - the nuts should be the right size now or in a couple of weeks!

Hmm. Makes me look differently at the things.



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:46 AM

wonderful kitchens.

 

have to clean mine up a bit i guess



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:11 AM

This is a great topic.  Thank you all for showing!  I posted extensive photos last winter during my last food blog, so I won't take the time to do it again.  
Kerry, that granite countertop resembles one we considered before going for the more swirly effect.  Very cool.  I love the flowers, too!
gfweb, I'd love to have that big stone kitchen and fireplace and range.  What do you use the perforated long-handled tool for that's hanging to the left of the fireplace?
Anna, good for you for your foster care.  I like the way you have a screen (iPad?) set up right next to a work space.  Do you use that regularly for showing recipes or methods while you're cooking?  The place looks very usable.


Yep. My iPad is always on duty not only for recipes but for email, instant messages, surfing, etc. it's a dream for me.
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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:13 AM

wonderful kitchens.
 
have to clean mine up a bit i guess

wonderful kitchens.
 
have to clean mine up a bit i guess


No fair! Just post.
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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:44 AM

OK just one:

 

The Nerve Center:

 

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note the Instant Espresso Jar.  My sister sends me these.  Pretty funny.

 

it is possible to make Perfect Espresso at Home.

 

Def:  'perfect espresso' = espresso that suits you or more importantly me 95 % of the time it's  

 

made.  You cant buy that espresso any where on Earth.  Even Italy. I usually run in the low

 

90's % wise.

 

Roasting Set up Not Pictured.

 

AnnaN:  take a closer look just to the R of the Set Up. More pics would crack the lens of my

 

SLR.

 

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:59 AM

Grow Your Own, do Ya ?

 

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I always buy Gr.onions w as much root as possible.  Keep this way for ever.



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:34 AM

gfweb -- love the stove -- it is the same one I grew up using.  My parents had installed it in the early 80s -- a few weeks ago, I went through the house again during an open house -- and there it was, still in working order.  Thing of beauty...with way too many pilot lights...

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:48 AM

Grow Your Own, do Ya ?
 
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I always buy Gr.onions w as much root as possible.  Keep this way for ever.


rotuts, do you have those in water only, or did you add soil?

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:52 AM

re: pilot lights:  i grew up in CA w a stove that had pilot lights, maybe 4.  

 

this one, but not in red:

 

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i thought of moving it to MA, but those pilot lights in the summer here .....

 

it was common in the late 40's and 50's

 

so ....  gf   does your stove 'leak' gas  if the pilot lights are out ?



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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:56 AM

re: gr onions :  just water.  every few days you change the water and rinse out the containers and the roots and add back to

 

fresh water.  this works fine for garnish, green tops etc.

 

after a while the hollow tops develop a clear gel that is neutral in taste

 

back in the day , Justin Wilson had a N.O. cooking show on PBS.  he used to say :

 

" time to de-slime the Okra " 

 

he also had a small glass of Italian Swiss Colony Jug wine in a small jelly jar w his Cookn's

 

the jug was important as it had that finger hole thingy on it.

 

Oooooooo   Weeeeeeeeeeeeee !


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 08:28 AM

Smithy:

 

Roots:

 

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these are about 4 - 6 weeks old. you only need a few nubbin's of roots to start

 

as time goes by the white part gets quite soft and I dont use that

 

but the whole plant can be used for 3 - 4 weeks.  you just peel off a few of the outer layers if you want the

 

white part.  i use scissors to cut just the tops

 

eventually the 'peter out' and are replaced

 

photo taken  "In the Kitchen"


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

The kitchen and dining room are one big room, the main floor of the house. (This room was a big reason why we bought the house.) In addition to all the wood you see in the pictures, there's a pine ceiling. We also recently remodeled the kitchen.

 

Caffeine Central

 

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Small Appliances 1

 

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Large Appliances

 

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The Island

 

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Cookbooks in the Dining Room

 

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The Hutch (not the parkway)

 

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 11:12 AM

""  The place was built in the late 1700s and then enlarged. It's cool to think of what might've been discussed in that kitchen over the years. ""

 

I bet it's pretty interesting.  I take it you are in the PA area?  Ben F was keen on libraries.

 

in your spare time you could Query the various Historical Societies ?

 

did they have Cider down your way back then ?  they sure did my way.

 

" damm Ben, did you use rotten apples again? don't you tell me about your saved pennies ever

 

again  ....  "


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 04:43 PM

re: pilot lights: i grew up in CA w a stove that had pilot lights, maybe 4.

this one, but not in red:

https://www.google.c...es.com/;397;426

i thought of moving it to MA, but those pilot lights in the summer here .....

it was common in the late 40's and 50's

so .... gf does your stove 'leak' gas if the pilot lights are out ?


No leakage. We turn off the gas to them.

We are about as south and east as you can get in PA. One of these days we'll get a history person to research the place. We do have old maps from 1800s with some details re the property.

Redid a bathroom last summer. In the wall was a newspaper from the 30s talking about the rise of this Hitler person in Germany. I was hoping for a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Oh well.

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:15 PM

My whole kitchen gets into one shot - I caught it this morning with a loaf coming out of the oven:

 

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Just last month i finished building the breadmaker cabinet on the left, which i dubbed 'Apollo 18', what with it consisting of several stages and being on a mission to reach the kitchen ceiling (partly so I could anchor it against earthquakes).  Completing the cabinet meant I could fulfil a dream of a bigger fridge.  Now I have to get rid of the wee one...

 

There's a whole series of cabinet-building photos here (click the photo):

 

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

Yes, I did clean the kitchen. No, not just for these pictures. It needed cleaning to be ready for having my daughter, son-in-law and his boy over this Saturday night.

 

Tract home about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Bought it new in 1984 as a starter house with the intent to move on in about 1989. Still here. 1250 sq foot but the kitchen was why we bought it.

 

There is a floor-to-ceiling pantry. As much as I crave storage I wish it was not as deep as it is. Things get lost in the back. Next to that is the adult beverage glassware above, the junk drawer below the microwave and metalic bakeware below.

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The refrigerator was bought in a time of need instead of planned for. It is a piece of junk.  The Oster Convection Toaster Oven is a dismal failure for toast but very handy for roasting vegetables or roasting smaller amounts of meat.

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This is our 3rd stove. I wanted it for 2 features. It has a 16K power burner and a convection oven. I also like the solid grill surface. I can get something steaming quickly using the power burner and then slide it over to another burner to keep the steam going. The door to the right of the stove is where some of our pots and pans live. That knife block is for my wife's knives. Also, our utensil forest lives on that counter.

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Coffee, mixer, food processor and my knife block.

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Finally, the main counter, pot rack, and some of the storage cubes. Two people cook in this kitchen easily, three with a little bit of coordination.

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When we moved here we loved the large amount of cabinet and drawer space and never imagined we would fill it all up and then some.

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:05 PM

Love seeing the kitchen pix. After years of a minuscule, dark, 1950s kitchen bisected by a hallway with no more than 24" of continuous counter space in any one spot, we moved into a new house last October. Old kitchen had no storage, no seating, and terrible layout. I now have acres of counter space, a cabinet spot for all my junk, and ultra bright LED lighting. Kitchen and dining are one large space, with door and windows opening to back porch. BlueStar 30" means I can stir fry, and 42" externally vented hood means I don't stink up the house when I do it. It is heavenly
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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:06 PM

Blether, is it just you using the kitchen?


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 07:13 PM

Hungry C...Beautiful new kitchen!  You like the Blue Star? It sure is pretty. If I ditch Spock (the Vulcan) a BS might be the thing.

 

Porthos...great stuff. I love the pot rack. That's a lot on one hook!

 

Blether, you get a lot out of a little space. Any room for food storage?