Kitchen Tour: Kittie's Precision Micro Kitchen

Kitchen Tour: Kittie's Precision Micro Kitchen

Jill Slater
Jan 5, 2010
Kittie lives in a 170 square foot studio, so you can imagine how small her kitchen must be. The original Pullman kitchen dated from the 1920's and was like a narrow closet behind french doors. When Kittie renovated her apartment, she knew she wanted to build a working kitchen regardless of how miniaturized it would have to be. Unlike many New Yorkers who use their micro apartment as an excuse to eat out every night, Kittie feels strongly that it "is possible to make real meals in a tiny studio kitchen, even with no range and minimal equipment." So she does. To prove her point, upon my arrival at her apartment, Kittie handed me a list of dishes she creates, using only her microwave, single-burner cooktop, crockpot, and immersion blender: BREAKFASTS: BACON & EGGS, FRENCH TOAST, PANCAKES, HOT OATMEAL SOUPS: CARROT & GINGER, CREAM OF LEEK & POTATO, CHICKEN VEGETABLE BEEF & BARLEY, BROCCOLI CHEESE, MINESTRONE, SPLIT PEA, LENTIL VEGETABLE CASSEROLES & STEWS: BEEF IN RED WINE, CHICKEN CASSOULET, VEGETABLE CURRY CHICKEN & RICE, BEEF STROGANOFF, VEGETARIAN 3-BEAN CHILI PASTA: FETTUCINE ALFREDO, SPAGHETTI PRIMAVERA, CHICKEN & MUSHROOM RIGATONE MEXICAN: CHICKEN FAJITAS, BLACK BEAN NACHOS & HOME-MADE QUESO DESSERTS: JAM SPONGE PUDDING & CUSTARD, NUTMEG RICE PUDDING, LEMON SHORTBREAD COOKIES, CHOCOLATE COOKIES

Kittie's Response to The Kitchn Survey

What's your cooking style? Simple, easy-to-fix healthy meals. What inspires your kitchen? Memories of "baking day" with my Mum What is your favorite kitchen tool or element? I love the fact that I was bold enough to create a kitchen that looks like a stylish cocktail bar, and that I can actually cook real food in it using only a small microwave, a single-burner cooktop and a crock-pot Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: Learn the basics before you get creative! (I've eaten a lot of "experiments", not all successful!) Biggest challenge in your kitchen: The size - it's a 51" wide x 21" deep recess in a 10' x 17' studio! Biggest indulgence: The natural stone tile, and the granite counter that looks like clear ocean water rippling over sand. Dream tool or splurge: Someone else to actually do the cooking for me What are you cooking this week? Spinach Breakfast Omelettes, Home-made Chicken Vegetable Soup, 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili, Chocolate Shortbread Cookies What cookbook has inspired you the most? "The Farmhouse Book of Cookery" given to me as a wedding present 32 years ago by a lovely, elderly family friend. What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen? Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnut Salad, Pasta Primavera with Light Parmesan Sauce, Steamed Individual Raspberry Sponges and Custard (not healthy, but a yummy treat!)


Wall Tile: Daltile natural stone brick mosaic in champagne gold Granite: Sourced locally Lighting: Natural onyx pendant lights, sadly now unavailable Cabinets: Thomasville from Home Depot, natural maple Cabinet Pulls: Mosaic satin nickel Filler Pull-out: Rev-A-Shelf In-cabinet pull-out drawers: Custom from Bar Stools: Lattice from Refrigerator: Avanti 19"w under-counter with real freezer Cooktop: Sunpentown portable single burner ceramic cooktop, fitted into custom pull-out drawer so it doesn't take up counter space Sink: Inexpensive Kindred bar sink, fancy Danze faucet and deck-mount, soap dispenser from Overstock Microwave: Haier, the smallest available to fit in my 12" deep island cabinets Small Appliances: Toaster, small crock-pot, immersion stick-blender, stock/soup pot & frying pan Dishes: Overstock Glassware: Mikasa Cheers Pastel • Check out the rest of Kittie's Home on Apartment Therapy. • Kitchen Tour Archive: Check out past kitchen tours here
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