It is hard to believe that summer, 2014, is in the rear view mirror.
But what a summer it was. Good friends, good food, and good stories to be told at future get-togethers.
We gave the grill a good workout, as is usually the case. However, most of our time was spent in the kitchen. And why not!
Whatever the season, the kitchen is the life of the party and to have a beautiful 5-star kitchen from Jay Sponenberg and Kitchen Associates to host those good times in made this summer spectacular.
The butcher block top island was “home base” where people and hors d’oueves met under the soft glow of our pendant lamps. The 40 watt “old fashioned” bulbs were just right in adding an extra glow to the setting.
We found the few changes Jay suggested we make to the kitchen’s layout were spot on.
Maria and I both love to cook and almost all meals are a shared experience (most certainly when it involves company). With so much countertop space and enough outlets to satisfy even me, “Mr. Gadget”, we easily split the work load. There was never any waiting for an outlet even if the work was done on the island, which was complete with its own outlet.
All cabinets and drawers are “soft close”, one of the best features in the kitchen. Just swing or push them and when they get to a certain point, they close gently.
I can’t say enough about the under cabinet lighting which, like the overhead recessed lights, also have a dimmer switch. The under cabinet lights can also be turned on or off individually. They certainly highlighted the produce from the garden.
And now, we are changing from summer to autumn and, eventually, to you-know-what (I just can’t bring myself to utter the word). Time to get better acquainted with the oven, the Dutch oven, the stock pots and the crock pots.
So bring on the new season. We have just the kitchen for it.