No, not this kitchen!
Upon seeing this post (or maybe it was this post) a few weeks back, our nephew Noah said something along the lines of, "Wow, Aunt Lauren and Uncle Michael's kitchen is a mess!"
Noah is correct, our kitchen is truly a mess (but a mess that is coming along), but that doesn't mean that we haven't been eating well.
We do, after all, have a place to cook...
Why, Hello Basement!
Yup, this where the magic happens, so to speak.
Here we have our beloved John Boos end-grain cutting board, our knife block, mortar & pestle, hand-crank coffee grinder, and our hot water kettle all living on a hand-me-down library table.
And on this side we have the microwave and KitchenAid below and on top (from left to right) is our toaster oven, rice cooker, blender, and induction burner.
I'd also like to note that the table on this side of the "kitchen" is a family heirloom, my Vogler grandparents' first piece of purchased furniture after they were married. In my mind, it is very fitting that so many decades later (it must be at least 8 decades? Dad?), it is being used as 1/2 of our kitchen in our first house.
The blender isn't a normal fixture but was on the "counter" to make some ice cream a few days ago. (really amazing candied bacon ice cream, I should note)
And that sink back there on the right, that's my dishwashing sink with the dish strainer on the floor.
On the opposite side of the basement is where we store our cookware and dishes.
And just to the left of that is our "pantry", also known as the built in basement storage cabinet.
The only thing really missing is an oven.
But the fact that this will be mine soon makes it all worth it.
And if you think about it, we have far more kitchen space now than we ever did in France.