Don’t mess with a woman’s counter space….
The past couple of weeks I’ve been going through a series of life changes. Sometimes you have to give up a few things in order to grow, and part of my last few weeks has included a serious downsize back to apartment living.
While I can say for certain that I’m in a good place personally, perhaps the hardest part has been giving up my enormous chef’s kitchen for a 2′ x 4′ slab of Formica in my current abode. While I have every confidence in my ability to cook in a small kitchen (proved, in part, by the mean apple cobbler you see here), I’ll admit that I got pretty accustomed to spreading out.
As Alton Brown has drilled into me, muti-taskers are key, and in a small kitchen this is all the more true. So the things that I’ve chosen to take with me to the apartment are going to have maximum impact with a minimum footprint. If ever faced with nuclear holocaust, or a downsize of major proportions, these are the things I would (and did) take with me.
Lauren’s must-haves for a happy kitchen of any size:
- An awesome wooden spoon, spatula, and scraper. Don’t skimp on quality here; break the bank and get the best.
- Corning ware. My set was a wedding gift to my parents in 1975. Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe (not that I have one of those anymore). Plus they have lids, so you don’t need extra tupperware. You can use them for baking, too!
- A fantastic mixing bowl. Do I really have to justify this?
- Chef’s knife. No meal is made without it. Again, don’t skimp here; get the best and keep it sharp.
- A soup pot, a skillet, and a sauce pan. If they are good ones, you only need one of each. Will Calphalon pay me if I plug them as my brand of choice?
- A french press. The coffee tastes better, and it’s small enough to store in the cupboard.
- My vintage, 1st edition Betty Crocker Cookbook. When times get tough, my mantra is always that Betty knows best.