With all this extra time at home, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my kitchen! While I was cooking this weekend, I took a few photos of my three favorite “small but big impact” features in my kitchen.
- When I remodeled, I had the wooden sill of the window over my sink replaced with a piece of quartz like the countertops. Makes a nice waterproof, totally scrub-able storage ledge. Great for the just-washed blade of your blender to dry somewhere safe. Great for plants – I often just use my faucet sprayer and pause button to water, and I don’t worry too much about overspray. I keep handwashing tools – a scrub brush and a steel for removing onion smells – in the little orange bowl. The dishwashing brush often lives up there – no worries if it isn’t completely dry. Really, it just increases the amount of countertop in your kitchen, which is always valuable.
- Everyone has an opinion about how to store knives, and I am a true believer in the wall mounted magnetic knife holder. I am not willing to give up premium real estate for a knife block on the counter, or in a drawer, no matter how elegant. I love storing my one good knife in plain view, so I can always find it. I put it back immediately after washing, letting it air dry on the rack, keeping it safe. I store the microplaner on the rack as well, saving the pain of ‘discovering’ it by accident in the utensil drawer.
- I love having a kitchen garden literally 20 steps from my kitchen. I usually have herbs, flowers and a few veggies growing there. We had a mild winter, so the parsley and sage from last summer are still thriving. The rosemary is putting up a good fight, but the thyme is winning the battle. The rest of the bed right now is spring lettuces and arugula. When it gets a bit warmer, I’ll add basil, mint and lemon verbena. Yes, I have a big community garden plot 5 minutes from my house, but having this bed so close to my kitchen so useful.
What are your favorite features in your kitchen? Take a photo and share with us on social media!