Julie's Lightened-Up Vintage Portland Kitchen

Small Cool Kitchens 2010 - Own Division

Who cooks here? Julie
Location: Portland, OR
Owned or rented? Owned
Kitchen size: 60 square feet

What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? We removed the large plaster hood vent that was hulking and non-functioning, placed an undercounter refrigerator where the dishwasher had been (since most of my dishes are vintage, and I didn't use it anyway), removed the layers and layers of linoleum and vinyl and painted the floor, and used a salvaged cabinet from my downstairs neighbor who remodeled his place to replace the old, oak refrigerator cabinet that stuck out too far, and thus it limited my usable counter space.

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What's the story of your kitchen?
The last picture shows how my kitchen looked right after I moved in. It felt extremely claustrophobic. Last year I did a 'light remodel'. I wanted to keep with the feel of the vintage building, so I didn't change much.

What is your favorite meal to cook here?
I love to make avocado toast. This dish is comprised of local baker Dave's killer bread, spelt bread, toasted, with sliced avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, coarse sea salt, and crushed red pepper on top. So simple, yet all of the flavors blend wonderfully together. I ate something similar at a cafe on my last visit to NYC.