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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

But... there IS a plan! 
 
Feb. 21, 2013 10:30 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2013 5:03 pm
I know that I've been gone a while, but it's time to let you know just why.  I had chatted about wanting an outdoor kitchen, so I delved into researching just what that might entail.  I was flabbergasted at the costs, even to purchase a "pre-made" version.  Refusing to be defeated, I forged on... 

First, I looked at the old bbq grill, a propane powered antique (almost,) which must be at least 15 yrs old.  I'd not used it for almost a year, as it had formed "hot" spots, and cooking was a challenge, to say the least.  Once I removed all of the old lava rock (yes, it's that old,) it was obvious that the burner itself had deteriorated beyond repair.  It was not the orginal burner, as I had replaced it some time ago, and was determined not to attempt to do so once again. 

So I sat down with a pad and pen one afternoon, and made a list of just what I might want outside, for convenient cooking.  A new grill was top of the list, but I also would need some shade, so add a patio umbrella.  I would want a table with chairs, and perhaps a counter top as an extra work surface.  I had thought about an outdoor sink, perhaps only run by the garden hose, and draining into the yard (the "grass" could sure use the help!)  I ruled this out, deciding that all food preperation would be done inside, and ahead of time.  Then I went on a scavenger hunt around the house...

I have a 30" round table, though it's slightly rickety... enough to sit at and have a beverage, but not really sturdy enough to dine on a steak and baked potato.  The old resin chairs which are more than 18 yrs old will suffice for now, but I would like cushions to pad my bony posterior.  As for a work surface, I had thought of the metal wire type shelving unit I have, but later decided to use two of the old kitchen wall cupboards which the contractor was nice enough to save intact, when I had the kitchen remodelled back when...  I also have a piece of countertop cut to fit... more salvage, but most re-useable.  I also decided that I'd like these cabinets to be on wheels, so as to roll them around where I wanted them at the time.

Next, I went internet shopping for a new grill.  I found a beautiful stainless steel grill for what I thought a reasonable price, but the day I sat to make my purchase, I opted for another grill that was $100 cheaper!  It had all of the same attributes as the first, but with a black body, and stainless top.  It didn't take me long to go with the lesser priced one, as I could hear dad in my right ear...  It was due to his diligent saving, and cutting costs, that I am now able to buy this new grill! 
  It arrived two days early (Weds.) so I put it together today with the help of our friend Mike.  I believe I made a wise choice... it has 4 burners - I didn't see any need for 5 or 6, and a side burner on the right, same as the all stainless one.  I did pay $15 for delivery, as I know the box would not have fit in my car, and at such a nominal fee, I was thrilled!

While I awaited delivery, I went to the store and picked up a gallon of exterior house paint, some wheels, and a few other items.  Once home again, I began working on the cabinets.  I've painted inside and out with the house paint, have connected the two together, and am working on the doors at this time.  The larger door was damaged, and has been stripped for repair, while the smaller door needs only some paint, and sealant for the "inset." 
    The inset is simply embossed wallpaper painted with a faux copper paint.  I feel that this will need more than just the paint to withstand the elements...  Maybe not, but I'd rather "over kill," than regret it later.  Next I need to install the wheels on the underside, so I'll have a "rolling cabinet" to work with, and on.  I think I'll silicone the counter top to the base, as I feel that would be much easier, and as durable as any other method I can think of to attach top to bottom.  Perhaps some hooks for implements, and a towel bar somewhere on the "cart," and I'll be ready to cook up a storm. 

Now I'm anxious to have this project finished, so I can cookcrazy outside for a change!  The umbrella should be delivered tomorrow, the old grill disposed of, and the table moved from the west patio to the back patio.  For cushions, I think I'll simply get some suitable upholstery fabric, and cover a couple of old throw pillows. 

Unless I'm forgetting something, my new outdoor kitchen should cost me about $267 + the cost of fabric for pillows, and my time for pulling it all together.  Time, I have, but my funds are limited, so I do think that I'll be happy with this arrangement...  If I find later that I want an additional "something" I can surely add that at a later date. 

So, when the mood hits, cookcrazy OUTSIDE!  be happy, be healthy!
 
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Comments
Feb. 22, 2013 4:26 am
Very crazy! Having an outdoor kitchen is a great idea!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 4:42 am
Hey Stevie,snowing in Pheonix,anywhere near you?
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:05 am
Awesome! I think what you have put together is fantastic! My outdoor kitchen isn't coming together near as fast but I didn't expect that it would when it was started. I'm going with the garden hose outdoor sink just because I like to rinse things off outside and I am a complusive handwasher. I also thought it might come in handy when cleaning fish. Glad your project came together for you!
 
judy 
Feb. 22, 2013 7:16 am
hey Stevie thats a great idea and you have been working hard to make it happen, happy cooking in your outdoor kitchen.....Judy
 
Feb. 22, 2013 8:36 am
Some great thinking there, Stevie! Well done! (You're not as crazy as you want us to believe you are.) You have given me some food for thought, also.
 
Feb. 22, 2013 8:48 am
If it wasn't for craziness nothing intelligent would get done.
 
Feb. 22, 2013 10:17 am
Crazy like a fox! That is some creative thinking. I would love an outdoor kitchen, but that is not going to happen while I live here. Last summer some of the residents tried to ban BBQs because they didn't like the smell. Enjoy your creation!
 
Amanda 
Feb. 22, 2013 12:56 pm
Wow thanks, you've given me some great ideas! Now if only it would stop raining long enough for me to actually put everything together for my very small, very salvaged outdoor kitchen. Glad it's coming together for you!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:07 pm
Doc, I looked into solar ovens, but was surprised that they are basically a slow cooker... doesn't mean I won't make one for my outdoor kitchen though! Be well!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:10 pm
manella, here (very near downtown Phoenix,) we had only rain and grey skies. N and E there was snow, and I believe hail. Perhaps out toward your sister (?) Be well!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:12 pm
Cat, I might just decide to add a "rolling sink" at some point, just now I'm not sure it's necessary... Home Depot had the best price on a 15"x15" sink. My "rolling island" is only 12" deep so will have to buy/make something for the sink, if I decide to go that way! Be well!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:14 pm
Judy, good to hear from you! Yes, I'll enjoy it all - until it's 110F outside, at least... I was going to send an oscillating stand fan to Goodwill, but think I might keep it for the patio! Be well!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:18 pm
Mike, food for thought is a great motivator, but don't let my moments of lucidity confuse you! lol... "Crazy is, as Crazy does!" Are you going to join me? Be well!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:23 pm
bd.weld... I LOVE THAT THOUGHT! Seems that some great names in the world of "art" were NUTS, when they cranked out their best work... like the Mona Lisa (?) Be well!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:26 pm
BigShotsMom... I can't believe that folk dislike the smell of dinner cooking on the grill... They say "there is one in every crowd," but seems you've got an epidemic in your "complex." For me, the smell of a fresh rain, smoke from a wood fire, and dinner cooking (inside or out!) are some pretty mighty smells! Be well!
 
Feb. 22, 2013 5:29 pm
Amanda, the umbrella arrived this afternoon... I may have to "re-think" how I'm going to support it, but it's here, and I can cross that bridge when I get to it! I keep telling myself a phrase I hear on commercials... "think outside the box!" Doesn't hurt, and you might just get some clutter from underfoot, and into use! Be well!
 
BB 
Feb. 23, 2013 5:55 am
Hi, last year I too decided to redo my patio on a shoestring. I spray painted my 15 year old resin chairs black to match an antique ice scoop type table I yard saled. I think this year I'll copy your idea for the cart. Good luck and enjoy.
 
Feb. 23, 2013 5:43 pm
BB, my motto is, "use, re-use, use again, then recycle..." Hope that your "cart" works for you! I'm calling mine (now) a "rolling island." Might just try painting the old chairs! Thanks for the idea! Be well!
 
Lela 
Feb. 24, 2013 6:22 am
Stevie-You have been a busy bee! I am so envious of your outdoor kitchen. I want one-but after I read your blog I NEED one. Now I will be expecting great things from you with your fancy grill!
 
Feb. 24, 2013 5:07 pm
Lela, my "maiden voyage" was a huge success... guess that'll be the topic of my next blog! 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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