Dead set against the brownstone as a residence because of the inevitable dark and dreary factors, Laura and Chris found a way to make it work for them. In fact, one almost feels outdoors while standing in their kitchen.
They had an architect help them break down a lot of walls and bring light in from the rear wall by putting in glass doors within a glass wall. The materials are limited to fireslate—for countertops and floor, and lacquered wood and glass for the cabinetry.
Laura and Chris work from home so the kitchen is used all the time. That doesn't mean that anything is ever out of place, however. Cooking is a lean mean operation and Laura runs a tight ship. Ingredients, dishes, pots and pans are rarely found out of place. The space always looks this inviting.
It's clearly a wonderful place to prepare meals.
Laura's Response to The Kitchn Questionnaire
What's your cooking style? Improvisational, intuitive. I'm also a neat cook. I don't like a mess to clean up after making a meal so I clean up as I go. How things look on a plate, a balance of taste and colors is important to me.
What inspires your kitchen? Fresh organic ingredients, the pleasure of feeding my family. Cooking for greatest health and nutrition benefit while appealing to a picky child.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element? Shun 10 inch santoku knife; Vintage le creuset pot – both are extremely functional and beautiful.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: Always have garlic and onions in your kitchen.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen: Cooking with high heat. I usually call the alarm company and tell them to put our fire alarm on "test" otherwise the smoke can set off the alarm and fire trucks are at my door.
Biggest indulgence: Breville Juice Fountain Elite — love it.
Dream tool or splurge: Kitchen Aid Mixer
What are you cooking this week? In this weather, we'll cook on our Weber Genesis grill just about every night. Fish, chicken, steak, lamb and turkey burgers, lots of fresh veggies including onions. Everything on the grill. Love to buy produce from the Farmer's Market, and I like Fresh Direct a lot.
What cookbook has inspired you the most? My latest favorite is Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe — I like how they explain different ways you can do something and how they decided what they thought was the best way.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen? Three generation dumpling feast, my mother, myself and my daughter, making and rolling out the dough, wrapping the dumplings, with the boys helping out with frying them and eating them up.
• I love my five burner DCS range. That fifth burner really comes in handy.
• Fisher Paykel double drawer dishwasher. With a family of three, I don't have to use every last dish and cup to fill it before running it or being forced to run a full size dishwasher half empy.
• SubZero really does make the best refrigerators. Everything lasts longer in it.
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