She kept things simple: a basic range, open shelving (since most dishes and things are still stored upstairs), two used cabinets that were being discarded from another home, and a laminate countertop bought by-the-foot from the home improvement store. It isn't necessarily pretty, but it's the epitome of function and has been an absolute joy for my homecook mom.
It used to be that homes were always built with the kitchen in the basement. Not so much to keep cool, but to keep "the help" out of sight. Anyone up for bringing this movement back without the class division but with nice, cool relief for summertime home cooks? Let's hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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