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Life Without A Kitchen? 
Oct. 7, 2013 7:44 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013 10:15 am
I'm having withdrawals.  I wander around in circles not knowing what to do.  It's painful.  The pages of my favorite cooking magazines are worn from flipping through for lack of boredom.  There is now not a single question or doubt in my mind as to where my passion lies.  It's in the kitchen, and I don't have one.

This all started in the spring of this year.  I had simply outgrown the space.  It lacked efficiency.  Most importantly, it lacked space.  Yeah, all those pots and pans, casserole dishes and bowls I collect.  Not to mention the dishes.  The utensil drawer (singular, as in one) was beyond a nightmare.  It was time to bite the bullet and plan for a kitchen overhaul.   

Remodeling is always a challenge.  For those of you who have been through it, you know what I'm talking about. Living under these conditions can be uncomfortable.  But ah, the kitchen.  It's the heartbeat of the home.  That hadn't occurred to me until everything was torn out and I was staring at a shell.  With each day comes progress.  Very slow progress.  I've been practicing the patience of Job.  It's getting done right.  No shortcuts.  The cabinet builder is one of those guys that stops and fixes the front door knob because he's been in and out of it so many times it started to stick.  Bless his heart.  He's a perfectionist.  I like that.  In fact I love that.  So I try to remain calm, cool, and collective, even though my nerves are a wee bit frazzled.  Poor hubs.  He lies in his chair, throws me a kiss and tells me it's all going to be okay.  I know it will.  But when?

In the meantime, the dining room, living room, and guest room are stacked high with boxes and tables covered with sheets to protect my beloved kitchenware.  Oh, how I miss it. By the way, did I mention the fabulous cake plate I found at a thrift store recently?  God help me.  

It's been wonderful to have Allrecipes to turn to.  I have been living vicariously through all of you wonderful home cooks that are turning out beautiful plates day after day.  You should be so proud of yourselves.  My recipe box is starting to get a bit overloaded from all of your great ideas that I can't wait to try.  

So here's the big question.  What should I cook/bake first to christen the new kitchen?  It's a dilemma that's wracking my brain.  I want it to be special.  I'd love for you to share your thoughts/ideas.  


Oct. 7, 2013 10:04 am
Cyn... I don't know how you can be that patient! I'd go bonkers if I couldn't cook!!!! As far as your question ... I would be tempted to bake my favorite pound cake... even Beautiful new kitchens seem to be more beautifull with the smell of a poundcake wafting within its space!!!
Oct. 7, 2013 1:04 pm
Oh BTDT! I hate remodeling! My DH isn't a perfectionist and is happy to let things slide or just be slapped together. I believe I cooked on the grill during the last kitchen update. Amazing what you can do outside :)
Oct. 7, 2013 4:28 pm
I know just what you mean! I was just recently without a range for a few weeks and that was bad enough! My hubby is a cabinetmaker and a perfectionist. If you lived in NE Ohio I'd almost think he was your cabinetmaker! He just finished a kitchen that turned out beautiful! The lady saw the design, took pictures and called my husband. He does this on the side, so works his real job during the day. His customers know this going in, but I'm sure that doesn't make it any easier waiting. I'd make a huge comfort meal and then bake the most chocolatey concoction I could come up with! Be sure and post pics when it's all done!
Oct. 7, 2013 4:41 pm
Hi Terry! I don't think I have a lot of patience, but do I have a choice? This is minor in comparison to an entire home we restored in the 80's, right down to the hardware, in every room. Thank goodness we're not up to those types of projects anymore. BTW, I can smell that poundcake now! Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the great idea.
Oct. 7, 2013 4:46 pm
Funny you mentioned the grill, CH. That's my only cooking source for now with one side burner. If only I could get a large plate or pot to fit under a bathroom faucet for cleaning. Thank goodness for heavy duty paper plates!
Oct. 7, 2013 4:53 pm
So glad you understand, Mother Ann. This cabinet guy has another small business he runs, and gets pulled away frequently. But he always comes back! One of my biggest pet peeves is when there isn't any communication. He is so conscientious that he calls when he's on his way up the road, asks me if it's okay if he works late, and keeps me informed as to the expected timeline for each stage up to completion. A real pro, as I would imagine your hubby is. Perfectionism takes longer. Worth it in the end. I was thinking of a yummy casserole followed by a sinful dessert. Chocolaty sounds good! We're thinking along the same lines.
Oct. 7, 2013 5:10 pm
I went through this, but not by choice. We had a fire and lost our kitchen and dining room. I had 5 children from infant to 16 years old and my MIL living with us at the time. That was the longest 6 weeks of my life! I used the grill, an electric fry pan and slow cooker. We ate from paper plates and I washed pots in my basement laundry sink. You have my sympathy.
Oct. 7, 2013 8:11 pm
i too went thru a kitchen remodel. not by choice! believe me, i HATED it!! if i knew then what i know now, i would have sold this house. i left blogs about it. i know your pain! we lived in a hilton extended stay ( free beer. wine and breakfast and dinners) for a month. it was extremely nice...but i still hated it. i truly would move if i had to do it over again. the wife got what she wanted. she doesn't cook, but the kitchen looks nice. double make that triple check all work. if i was you, i would just make a soup and blt 1st night..believe me you will be exhausted. hope it's the kitchen of your dreams!
Oct. 8, 2013 6:13 am
Oh BSM, how horrible! I can't begin to imagine having to go through this with children. It would be a little easier with a large sink to wash in. It's hard to keep healthy meals going, especially with hub's dietary needs. Thanks for understanding.
Oct. 8, 2013 6:20 am
I feel very sorry for you - it's no fun cooking with limited appliances, etc. For that reason, I'd make a THANKS-giving dinner and invite the workmen. I bet they would love getting to experience what they made for you, and you will be so thankful to have the project done. Enjoy!
Oct. 8, 2013 6:24 am
Like I said gtd, the kitchen is the center of our home and a place I spend most of my time in. Given the floor layout, I'm not sure if it will be the one of my dreams. It will certainly be an improvement. It's quite an undertaking for sure. Sounds like you had a real nightmare with yours. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 8, 2013 6:30 am
I had thought of having a dinner for the guys when it's all done, scootersandi. I love the way you refer to it as a THANKS-giving one. Ever so thankful we are, yes. You're right. I think they would love it! Can't wait to celebrate.
Oct. 9, 2013 12:15 am
Boy have I been there ! I used my camp stove, crock pot , and elec skillet in the garage after we set up a large table . I also put two large dish pans out there and either heated a tea pot of water , or had my hubby bring me a bucket from the bathtub . We also plugged in a microwave and toaster in the garage. We never left anything plugged in after use , and ALWAYS be sure to use camp stoves in a well vented area ! Safety first people !
Oct. 9, 2013 7:25 am
Cookin Cyn-I would make a big pot of spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread, and a huge tossed salad. Or maybe your hubby has a craving for something you make. Good luck in your new kitchen. I think the hardest part for me is is putting all the kitchenware away again.
Oct. 9, 2013 10:38 am
I have been in the same spot 8 years ago, when we remodled our kitchen. Oh what should I cook for the first meal. Ask your husband what he would like he has to have a favorite that he has been missing. Have fun and back to reality when it is all done.
T Woods 
Oct. 9, 2013 4:09 pm
You mention needing a large faucet a couple of times, have you tried the bath tub? Lacking that I once had to do dishes in the shower...not while I was IN it mind you, but it worked great for getting the larger dishes washed or filled with water when the kitchen was a wreck.
Oct. 10, 2013 1:13 am
I am a remodel junkie. Love to do a new house and I may be renovating a whole other house soon (fingers crossed) Just when I get done with our house, I start itching to do another:) Best of luck kid!
Oct. 10, 2013 5:00 am
ydnew65, if there was room in my garage I'd probably use it. Hubs has a nice wood stove in there I could cook on if I had to. Still nowhere to do the dishes! Will be glad when it's over.
Oct. 10, 2013 5:01 am
Hi Lela, funny you mention where everything should go. I was standing in the middle of it all last night looking at the shells of cabinets. Just trying to figure out where I'm going to put things is going to be the next challenge!
Oct. 10, 2013 5:04 am
cjp, glad you can relate. If I ask hubs what he wants, he just says I like everything you make, which is a wonderful compliment. It still doesn't answer my question, though. It's going to be great to get back in there!
Oct. 10, 2013 5:05 am
T Woods, the bathtub would work just find if I didn't have to get down on my hands and knees and bend over to the spout. I did the tile job in the kitchen. My poor body is on vacation at the moment. Thanks for the suggestion!
Oct. 10, 2013 5:08 am
Hey mauigirl, we used to love doing these types of things. If it didn't have to get done, I would have passed on this project. Serious updating was in order. If I need anything else done, I'll give you a shout out in case you're looking for something to do!
Oct. 10, 2013 2:31 pm
If I can get there....I'm all in! XO Kid!
Abby N 
Nov. 24, 2013 10:15 am
Hey Cyn, I know I'm a bit late but I hope that the remodeling is either going well or completely done! I am always complaining that my kitchen is too small but the thought of not even having one scares the out of me! I just ran into a recipe online that a co worker of mine helped me change just a little bit. It's a duck breast that has been rolled with a pork & veal mixture in it. and the skin is pulled off and made into cracklings. I will post the recipe in a bit so that if you are interested you can try.
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