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Monrovia, CA
Square Feet:
What makes your small kitchen so cool:
I love that it is a kitchen of memories from floor to ceiling (literally). It was our first big project as husband and wife in our newly bought condo; I designed the kitchen and my husband made it happen.
Describe a challenge you've overcome or a smart resource you've found for your kitchen.:
What wasn't a challenge? We gutted the whole thing. We ripped out the hard wood floors (we got a lot of shrieks from our family and friends), raised the ceiling (from a mere 6.75ft tall to 7.5ft), ripped out the old cabinets, and made the entire kitchen our own. I would say the most worthwhile challenge to overcome was raising the low ceiling. We got almost an extra foot, providing more storage and overall breathing room.
What's your favorite meal to cook here?:
I have been trying to impress my husband again and again with different recipes, but by far our most favorite is a fairly recent one that we both went crazy over: the Zesty Tortellini Salad. I found it here on The Kitchn; it was one of my first meals I made in our new kitchen. I changed it up a bit, using Italian Sausage Tortellini instead of cheese, and I added olives and artichoke hearts. We absolutely LOVE it. I have never heard my husband rave so much about my cooking--besides when I make pies!