My wife, daughter and I live in a condo in Orange County, New York. We moved in about four years ago and have been updating the place as our desire and finances have allowed. Since we had to move in in a hurry, we couldn’t do any of it ahead of time, so it was a lot of “work as we go.” As of now, we’ve got every room but the kitchen painted, though we have replaced all the appliances by now thanks to parental help and a Lowes sale last year that wound up being partly disastrous and partly awesome. Anyway, we’re pretty well set up in our tiny galley kitchen. You can see the latest addition to the kitchen–the oven–pretty prominently in the shot above. You can also see that I don’t have a ton of counter space to work with, so I do a lot of prep and if I’m working on something with a lot of steps or small bowls, you’ll find them spread all over the kitchen and out onto the table. This is my main work station with all the cast iron and small appliances in those counters between the stove and refrigerator. This is the direct opposite of the previous photo. The drying rack next to the sink is almost always filled and I toss everything from used measuring spoons and ladles to bowls and sometimes scraps into the sink. You can see my laptop–the very one I’m typing this post on–propped up on a step stool there. I cook almost exclusive from recipes I find online, so this is the best way to go. I use the stool to keep the computer away from the water. I’ve usually got a podcast or music playing while I cook, so this winds up being a pretty good setup. And finally, here’s the boss who watches over me while I make dinner (please excuse our clean yet unfolded laundry in the background, like I said, we don’t have a ton of space and the washer and dryer are located at the very end of the kitchen). I’ve only returned to cooking in the past few weeks after my wife went back to work and I started watching our daughter during the day while also trying to get freelance writing done. Jumping in the kitchen and dealing with hot pans and sharp knives can be a little intimidating, especially when our darling daughter starts screaming her head off. I can’t tell you the number of times in those few weeks I’ve had to stop what I’m doing to pick her up, change a diaper or give her a bottle. She’s been falling asleep after these interventions which has been a very welcome addition to our routine.
So that’s my kitchen setup. It’s not much, but I’m pretty comfortable in there. Since I do the dishes and put them away, I know where everything is at most times, so I don’t have to fumble blindly. Still, I can’t wait for the days when I have more space to work in. Some day!