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Old 05-22-2006, 12:20 PM   #1
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I love those things. If we had a different kitchen, I would like to keep spices and such in one of those.
It would require a certain style of kitchen ... but it's an undeniably handy item.

This has nothing to do with the subject at hand, but this is what I lust after for my kitchen (let's see if this link works):

Kitchen Island

There is no room for it in our kitchen and the price is scandalous, but it costs nothing to drool over it.

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But your link produces a blank page for me, so I cannot properly admire your box!
It still works for me; wonder why it doesn't for you? I will upload a small pic.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:54 PM   #2
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It would require a certain style of kitchen ... but it's an undeniably handy item.

This has nothing to do with the subject at hand, but this is what I lust after for my kitchen (let's see if this link works):

Kitchen Island

There is no room for it in our kitchen and the price is scandalous, but it costs nothing to drool over it.
True enough! But if you have priced anything for kitchens these days, even junk can cost more than that. Fixing the lack-of-space problem might cost quite a bit, however!

We have a huge island in our kitchen and for the most part it is a dead waste of space. It is something like 9 or 10 feet square, with a wedge cut out of one side. It forces the work space into narrow aisles so we always have to do a do-si-do to get around each other. Many extra footsteps as the work triangle is around two sides of this behemoth. And I cannot reach the middle of it — when the cleaning people shove my mortar and pestle there when cleaning, I have to use the pizza peel to retrieve them. Makes no sense.

As for having one of those rolling tool carts in a kitchen, I found a fire engine red one (and another in chromed or stainless steel), and I would willingly design the kitchen around those! (But our idea of perfect is industrial loft crossed with modernist, so it would make sense in that sort of setting.)

   
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Our kitchen is not real big, and it's got an island in the middle of it. The previous owners cobbled it together from an old kitchen cabinet, some shelves, and a piece of butcher block.

It's very handy, since there's noplace else to do food prep, but if someone's working at the block, the other person has to squeeze to get around. And to open the oven door, we have to stand to one side of it, not in front -- not enough space.

The kitchen gets very crowded when Mr. E is cookin'. Usually all three dogs are sprawled out on the kitchen floor hoping he'll drop a steak or something, so it's a real obstacle course.

I'm not a kitchen queen, but I would really love to remodel this one. I hate the island, I hate the floor tile, and I really, really hate the countertops. Not crazy about the sink, either.

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I'm not a kitchen queen, but I would really love to remodel this one. I hate the island, I hate the floor tile, and I really, really hate the countertops. Not crazy about the sink, either.
Hm ... what's left? LOL. I've never liked our counter tile and our floors are in desperate need of refinishing. The island is quite large but there is room to get around someone without squeezing unless the refrigerator door is open. Our cooktop has six heavy-duty burners which is nice, but the controls are very poorly placed, well out of reach of four of the burners, and we may never learn to match up the correct knob and burner 100% of the time. We do have quite a lot of cupboard and counter space and two sinks. The kitchen appears to be designed to cook for a crowd but the main oven is too small! I don't know how we'd cook a big holiday dinner; fortunately we haven't had to.

   
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I'm not a kitchen queen, but I would really love to remodel this one. I hate the island, I hate the floor tile, and I really, really hate the countertops. Not crazy about the sink, either.
That sounds pretty comprehensive. Guess you have good lights, huh? You didn’t mention those? <g>

We bought this house with a fancy kitchen so I cannot reasonably remodel it, but I sure would like to! We could have a very comfortable kitchen with more storage and room for a table and chairs if we could remove that hulk in the middle of the floor (or reduced it, better).

The former owners did a lot of the work themselves (all over the house), and I think they were good with what shows, not with what doesn’t. The kitchen floor was not sturdy enough for the 12-inch square tiles they laid down, and they are cracking and breaking all over the place. Stuff like that. Makes me crazy.

   
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...my mortar and pestle..)
My wife has a marble mortar and pestle, apparently an essential for Chinese cooking.
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My wife has a marble mortar and pestle, apparently an essential for Chinese cooking.
I actually have three: one white marble, non-traditional — two close-fitting mated pieces grind (mostly soft) stuff up; one black marble, Chinese style; and one large stone one, traditional for Mexican cooking. I use the black one most, and that’s the one they always push just out of reach.

Does your wife use Sichuan pepper (fagara) in her cooking? I use the black mortar and pestle to grind up the peppercorns after roasting them.

   
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I have two "M&Ps", both white marble (I think). I suspect that one was mine and one was my husband's before we were married. Kept both because one is large and one is smaller and both are handy. However, I usually end up using the larger set because the interior has more "teeth". The small one is a bit too smooth for some jobs. They live in a drawer on the island as I keep too much stuff on the island already.

Our island is long and narrow rather than square. Reaching across is easy. Reaching from one end to the other is impossible but not generally necessary. Except for the problem with the stovetop controls, it's really pretty well designed. Counter space between large single sink on left and stovetop on right. Cupboards below sink and stove, drawers below counter space.

   
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As I was tidying up the latte-making mess on the counter I spotted the large Bodum coffee press I was given as a gift some years ago by a good friend.



I use smaller versions of this daily for individual cups of tea, and when I make larger quantities I use a pot, so this hasn't seen much use. Till recently, that is, when I discovered that it is not, in fact, a coffee/tea press at all - it's for reconstituting dried mushrooms! It holds more dried shitake mushrooms than I'm ever likely to use at once, plus the appropriate quantity of hot water. Steep, press, pour and save strained mushroom liquid, and retrieve mushrooms. My press has found a job at last!

   
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As I was tidying up the latte-making mess on the counter I spotted the large Bodum coffee press I was given as a gift some years ago by a good friend.

. . . when I discovered that it is not, in fact, a coffee/tea press at all - it's for reconstituting dried mushrooms! It holds more dried shitake mushrooms than I'm ever likely to use at once, plus the appropriate quantity of hot water. Steep, press, pour and save strained mushroom liquid, and retrieve mushrooms. My press has found a job at last!
Tee-hee!

I rather like French press coffee, but Jack hates the texture. (Of course, he has given up on coffee altogether, but by that time I had lost parts of the press.)

Coffee is a real thing with me. I roast my own. I have one each (at least) of every coffee-brewing device ever made (except that I don’t think I have a percolator any more). I have two different modern coffee roasters, one fluid air, the other a drum.

Messy business, coffee.

Anyway, we use the jar of our French press to filter cloudy wine. Did it tonight, in fact — the jar, a funnel, and a Chemex filter.

   
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