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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Out with the old 
Nov. 19, 2011 8:35 pm 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2011 2:57 am
Being as avid as I can be, I'm surprised that I've been away for so long... not that I've not been to AR daily, but I simply had little to nothing to share, or so it seemed.  So, here I am tonight to share a few pics...

I've said time and time again, that I'm DONE remodelling and upgrading, yet still, those horrible dark brown cabinets in the pantry hall (right outside the kitchen) drove me crazy!  Just this morning, I bid farewell to the old, and watched as Everado (interesting name,) installed the NEW!  "What a difference a day makes!" 

What I originally envisioned was totatlly different than what I now see each time I walk down that pantry hall, but the redo was totally worth it!  The end result is so far superior that it boggles my mind - or what I have left of it!  My original idea was to keep most of the old, simply to lighten the wood, and put glass in the top four doors...  "Ever" suggested the making of new doors, informed me that my kitchen cab's are made of Alder, and that he could come real close to matching them.  He told no lies!  I stood watching in awe, as he set about gluing the new veneer to the framing, which actually took much longer than hanging the new doors.  They did require a bit of adjusting, but the new hinges took care of that - the wonders of modern technology.  And to think that my windowless kitchen contained cabinets just as depressingly dark so many years ago.  Painting the room white didn't make up for just how drab the room was, reminding me of some dark cellar, despite enough flourescent lighting to land jet planes by!   

So, this morning he arrived with an extra pair of hands to assist, and a mere hour later, all remnants of the "old" were gone, with the exception of the dark interiors.  I was able to paint a primer coat inside the one, but alas, there was a meal to prepare... though it was a bit of a challange.  I sure didn't want to put all the "stuff" back into the cabs, knowing full well that within the next few days I'll be wanting to continue painting...  Oh, did somebody say something about a holiday on the horizon?  Oh my... what a dilemma!  Despite lacking the glass inserts, I would like to have at least one painted and restocked, just to insure that our guests will be able to visualize the finished product.

So, one more shopping trip to make (at least,) and some painting - AND finding somewhere to put all the items that won't yet to be placed in their new homes...  I'm guessing that the antics of CrazyCook willl soon resume, that Thanksgiving will be a wonderful day as we celebrate with some good friends.  At least the turkey is here, thawing in the frige (thanks to Rose!)  Still... that one more trip to (gulp) the grocery store!

So, enjoy the pics of the before and (almost) after.  Once the job is complete, of course, I'll come back with a couple more shots!  I'm also thinking that I need to get back to the letter "E" on the journey of soups...  Perhaps after Thursday!

Be well, and a tad crazy!
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Nov. 19, 2011 9:35 pm
Wow! That is absolutely beautifyl! Good choice, Stevie!
Nov. 19, 2011 9:35 pm
Nov. 19, 2011 9:49 pm
Thanks, Mamaw! I kinda like it... but will take some gettin used to - lol!
Nov. 20, 2011 4:06 am
I love, love, love your new! Beautiful! We started the remodeling chore a couple years ago. We've lived in our house just over 25 years and so every room needed done from top to bottom. All I have left to complete is the bedroom and bathroom. Then, we'll tackle downstairs. But before that can happen my daughter has to haul her "stuff" to her own house! :)
Nov. 20, 2011 4:38 am
Send all your old to Al Franken.
Nov. 20, 2011 5:24 am
I love it!!!!! Looks great and I love the arched doorways! Just beautiful!!!!
Nov. 20, 2011 9:17 am
Thanks, all! Too bad it won't all be "finished" by Thursday, but will be by Christmas, for sure!
Nov. 20, 2011 3:17 pm
Your old was nice, I'm swooning over all that space. But the new is gorgeous. It looks like a built in breakfront. Enjoy the new look.
Nov. 20, 2011 3:25 pm
The space has always reminded me of what used to be called a "butler's pantry," hence wanting the glass upper cabinets for china etc. Glad you like it, BigShotsMom! It was originally custom built (one piece) to fit the space...
Nov. 21, 2011 2:57 am
wow...super great Stevie...i too like the old ones but love the new better...be well
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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