Jane is a designer and as such, has pretty definitive positions on all things aesthetic. Her kitchen is no exception. Here vision here was for warm wood, neutral colors, and striking accents amidst a functional space.
Seven years ago, Jane and her husband bought into this apartment and began a major overhaul. The kitchen was not spared. In fact, it was moved from one part of the apartment to a completely different location! Jane went through many, many iterations of her cooking mecca until she got it just right.
Cooking islands came and went, walls were put up and taken down, columns were considered for demolition, and color schemes were adopted and scrapped. Luckily, this all happened on paper! When construction began, it was a smooth and relatively waste-free endeavor. Everyone agreed on the end goal.
To win over her contractor, Jane would always bring a bottle of red wine and a few Dixie cups to their weekly meetings. The contractor, the architect, and Jane would sit down amidst the rubble that would one day be Jane's home and review plans for the kitchen. Not only did the contractor agree to all of Jane's requests but he became a lasting friend.
Today, many years later, Jane's kitchen still looks brand new. It's still serving her needs as a canvas for her daily creations. Luckily, she has two young boys who love to try new foods, so the sky is the limit!
10 Questions for Jane (& Her Kitchen)
What inspires your kitchen and your cooking?
My kids are both junior foodies so they will try anything!
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
My All Clad saucepans.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
So many! Probably my most memorable is my first Thanksgiving that turned out to be a real family collaboration: my father cooked the turkey, my brand new sister-in-law (who's a chef) turned my drippings into amazing gravy and my mom handled all the sides!! My husband doesn't cook so he just enjoyed eating.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen?
One time I made potato latkes for a Hanukkah dinner party and had all 5 burners going flipping latkes!
Biggest indulgence or splurge in the kitchen?
My Viking fridge.
Is there anything you hope to add or improve in your kitchen?
No! I love it! We did so many different layouts when we were designing it — we wanted to make sure we got everything just right!
How would you describe your cooking style?
We enjoy sitting down as a family for dinner so since I cook when I get home from work I am becoming a master at preparing meals in less than 30 minutes!
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
If a recipe seems daunting just try it anyway — what's the worst that can happen
What is your favorite cookbook?
I have two that I consult constantly: Gourmet Today (we miss you, Gourmet) and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking (I love making sauces).
What are you cooking this week?
My kids loved roasted vegetables so we do that a lot: Monday was spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread and salad and roasted broccoli, then we had back to school night for two nights so I didn't cook. Tonight is London Broil (marinade from Gourmet Today!) with roasted cauliflower, and tomorrow is tuna steaks, jasmine rice and edamame. I think this weekend I'll braise something since I will have time and also make a carrot soup.
• Cabinets — Snaidero
• Refrigerator — Viking
• Stove — Viking
• Oven and Dishwasher — Miele
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