When we made the move from suburbia to our little ranch, it involved building our own home. We bought an empty piece of property, a big meadow, and built there. Brett researched house plans and diagrammed out the layout. I cared about the kitchen, the barn and the arena. The rest -- Brett's baby. Our builder had a cow over the kitchen. Brett told him that we would scrimp on the rest of the house but that I was to have my Viking stove, etc. So, here's the kitchen tour and tonight's dinner...
|I wanted it big enough for all my gadgets, but small enough to work in without hiking from one end to the other.|
For the center island, I wanted a big wood table. The top of this is maple and it's a great work surface. I wanted lots of room. Our builder couldn't believe that I didn't want granite with a sink. He actually put plumbing in for a sink in case I ever "come to my senses." I have not, for one minute, regretted having a big wood work surface.
The biggest splurge in the kitchen is my Viking stove. It has four burners with a griddle in the middle. I use the griddle for everything from French toast to warming tortillas. The stove doesn't work perfectly -- the transition from gas to propane caused some trouble -- but, for the most part, I love this stove. And, I think it is just the most gorgeous thing ever.
|If you look to the left of the picture, you can see the barn. I love that the kitchen opens to the great room and, past that, the horses. I didn't want a kitchen that isolated me from the rest of the house, friends or family.|
The other thing I had never had, but always wanted, was a walk-in pantry.
The other side of the kitchen faces north with windows our to the dog area. You can see my espresso machine -- well used. My two serious addictions are horses and espresso. I buy my coffee beans green and roast them myself so they are exactly how I like them. Very dark, but not burnt. Is it morning yet? I'm ready for a shot!
|Dinner tonight: rack of lamb, couscous with butternut squash, raisins and cashews.|
|...and a good Austalian shiraz.|