Cindy's Tiny Yet Complete Austin Kitchen

Small Cool Kitchens 2010 - Own Division

Who cooks here? Cindy + 2
Location: Austin, TX
Owned or rented? Owned
Kitchen size: 75 square feet

What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? The house doesn't have any accessory rooms, or a garage, or even a backyard... so things like the toolbox, cat food, and ice cooler are stashed under the stairs that open to the kitchen. Also, we made an 8" wide cabinet next to the refrigerator, which is the perfect width for our broom closet and wine storage!

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What's the story of your kitchen?
Our kitchen works as the hub of the house, with a view to the front walk and a stair leading to our bedrooms. It's very tiny, a resultant of our house being only 980 sf when initially designed in 2004. It's compact, easy to work in, and encompasses all our needs; when I'm in my kitchen, I feel like I'm in my own skin.

What is your favorite meal to cook here?
Risotto... either with 'Mushrooms & Almonds' from Marcella Cucina, or 'Curried Zucchini' from Bistro Cooking at home. The stirring routine allows me to ponder, catch up on the New Yorker, and drink wine.

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