But the brief smell was a small price to pay for the deliciousness that is sweet balsamic reduction which was drizzled over top of our grilled pineapple during lunch — but more on that at the bottom of the post. Katin & Brandon's Marblehead home had serendipitously been renovated according to their exact tastes before they moved in so, although they didn't do the work themselves, the style of the kitchen fits them to a tee. The airy, open-plan communicates effortlessly with the living and dining rooms — all of which share a glorious wall of windows overlooking their deck. Instead of upper cabinets, a single open shelf wraps two walls of the kitchen on top of crisp, white subway tiles and the dark countertops and floors ground the space in warmth. To say we're jealous would be a slight understatement. Our favorite element in this kitchen? The hidden microwave inside the cabinet on top of the refrigerator! And that big, luscious bowl of lemons which were not staged for our photo shoot — Katin's father lives in Arizona and owns a thriving lemon tree which he picks and ships off to Marblehead. How lucky...
What's your cooking style? Casual, flavorful, and elegant. Mostly fresh vegetables, lots of one-pot meals with little prep ahead. Everything has garlic in it and, of course, in the summer we grill every night! What inspires your kitchen? Clean lines and simplicity. Fresh fruits — I love the smell of lemons from my father's trees. What is your favorite kitchen tool or element? Fresh herbs — I am loving flat parsley lately. Oh, and I LOVE Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Pepper and whole San Marzano tomatoes. Also, we use the same cast-iron skillet to cook almost every meal. Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: When entertaining, get out of the kitchen and enjoy your guests — this takes planning ahead. Also, only cook with wine you would drink. Biggest challenge in your kitchen: Not tripping over the cat.
Biggest indulgence: We buy wine by the case from our local shop (Shubie's, it's great). Always having a great bottle of wine on-hand makes cooking and eating far more fun! Dream tool or splurge: A really good mandolin What are you cooking this week?
- Spinach and lemon pesto with whole wheat penne, feta and pinenuts
- Eggplant and tofu parmesan with brown rice
- Tomato, cucumber and feta salad with roasted salmon and balsamic reduction
- Spicy shrimp over sweet potatoes and quinoa
- (And, pizza night on Friday, of course)
Resources: Having completely renovated two kitchens in our past, we definitely felt up for the challenge again as we shopped for a new house last summer. Then, we happened upon this great place which had just recently been renovated to exactly our own taste... We're loving it and thankful to the prior owners who undoubtedly went months without a kitchen so we wouldn't have to! We've got dark hardwood floors, custom-built flat white cabinets, honed dark gray countertops, a walnut butcher block island, and a great big Shaws Original Farmhouse sink. We just added FLOR carpet in front of the sink (to catch drips) and found FLOR to be a great resource. We (Wes & Kayla) actually photographed the entire home over the course of the afternoon and the full tour will be up on Apartment Therapy Boston in about a week — be sure to check it out!
Katin's House Tour Lunch Menu
- Roasted Asparagus Caprese Sandwiches
- Spicy-Sweet Arugula Salad
- Grilled Pineapple with Sweet Balsamic Reduction