I have a confession to share.
The Kitchen Tour series on this blog originates from purely selfish reasons. You see, kitchens are kinda’ my thing. I don’t know when it started but I do know why they are my thing. It is the place where memories are made, experiments occur, friends and family linger, and the stuff. Oh, the beautiful stuff. Stuff in the form of gadgets, pots, pans, ball of twine, pantry essentials and pantry indulgences. Floor plans and traffic paths in kitchens reveal so much. It is fun to hear stories when friends recount how they painstakingly laid out their cabinets to get it just right. It is equally as fun to linger at the counter as friends and family talk about the kitchen quirks they inherited from previous owners.
You know the saying, “if these walls could only talk?”
I think a more appropriate saying is, “if these kitchen counters could only talk.”
What would yours say?
You know our friend Amy James from oureverydaydinners? I visited her recently and as we caught up leaning on the kitchen counter and eating homemade Greek frozen yogurt with her kids and their friends. I took everything in. She even indulged me by letting me peek into her cupboards. And fridge. And cabinets. I am not even ashamed of any of it.
This I do know.
I know what her kitchen counters would say if they could talk.
“Guuurrrl… I’ve seen it. She cooks what she wants to eat and keeps it healthy.”
“MmmHmmm, They really do eat at 6pm every night.”
“Say whhaaa? Did you see what she put on that table? Seriously, snacks? Where are the donuts?”
“Let me tell you somethin’, that girl really knows how to edit.”
Here is the gist of the matter. If you are like me, I browse blogs and hope for a glimpse into a blogger’s real life. A snapshot that has more in the picture than just a beautiful bowl and a tantalizing dish. I wonder about all the meals they cook that didn’t make it to the blog post (ever wonder why I don’t post every day?). I wonder if their about page is inspiration or aspiration.
Amy’s about page is dead on. The professional photograph with her kids blurred in the background as she stands, serenely, with a cool-mom smile on her face, is real. I experienced it myself during our visit. She really did self-teach herself how to cook and she is a natural. She really doesn’t cater to her kid’s whining (her words, not mine). Her kitchen is neat, tidy, and perfectly cozy.
I was surprised that she only has a few cooking pots and pans. And her cooking utensil drawers were slim.
“What do you really need?” She said in a matter-of-fact-duh shrug.
Well, actually… not much. I can also personally attest that an uncluttered, edited cabinet is beneficial. When you leave out only what you need or stock what you need, I guarantee that working your way around the kitchen is smoother and clean up will be easier.
If this is your first introduction to Amy’s blog, you will be adding it to your list of favorites in no time. She makes dinner for her family, cleans it up, and blogs about it just about every day. Her recipes are always quick and healthy and just the thing you need when you are thinking, “what’s for dinner?”
Want to see more of Amy beyond her blog? This Saturday, October 26, Amy is sharing a recipe via a video shoot from her kitchen on the P.Allen Smith show called Garden Style, Living Large at 11am. Click here to find out where it is showing in Fayetteville or in your area.
Enjoy the tour!
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.
|As soon as I arrived, Amy whipped up a frozen Green yogurt for the kids (and me!) to enjoy.|
|The breakfast nook hosts a great communal dining table. Amy says her family eats dinner at 6pm every night.|
If dad is tied up at work… she saves him a piece or two. 🙂
|Yes, that is a bowl of oranges you see on the table. Amy keeps quick, easy, and healthy snacks at arms reach.|
|Amy bakes a lot (just browse her blog to discover for yourself) and these are readily accessible.|
|A few of her cookbook inspirations.|
|Amy tells me that once she became a momma, she knew it was time to start cooking and less eating out!|
|How charming is it that she had a photograph of her garden tomatoes framed?|
|Family is near and dear to Amy. When her kiddos aren’t running about… they look on from a family portrait.|
|Let’s have a look at her kitchen flow, shall we. Check out the unique L shape with an island. She designed that in.|
|What you see here are everyday essentials. For her everyday dinners (and snacks).|
|Healthy. Fresh. Local when possible. That’s our girl’s philosophy.|
|See? Pots and pans, carefully edited.|
|That’s it. Two drawers worth. “What else do you need?”|
|Okay, maybe you DO need a few utensils to help get the job done.|
|Continuing with the “what do you really need?” philosophy, Amy’s spice cabinet gives her what she needs.|
|Amy’s favorite spice is salt. Seasoned salt never hurt anyone. Oh, and Siracha hot chili sauce. It’s her go-to.|
|At the end of the day, the kitchen is the heart of a home.|
Throw in a couple loved ones, something tasty, a laugh or two and you have a wonderful memory.
Amy, thanks for opening up the heart of your home to us.