Kitchen Tour: Lauren's First Solo Kitchen

Lauren is a young illustrator and designer who, after graduating and doing the NYC roommate thing, decided to stake her own ground. Here is her first kitchen and a great one at that.

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Lauren has a sense of style and limitless energy. She loves to hit flea market's and her parents' basement for elements that will bring her kitchen closer to her vision.

The small nature of Lauren's kitchen doesn't stop her from using it. To keep costs down, she brings lunch to work almost everyday, she loves to entertain, and she enjoys cooking. So, she's in the kitchen a lot more than most New Yorkers. And like many New Yorkers, she adapts to her situation. Because the counter space can get quickly claustrophobic, Lauren often expands her chopping activity into the two hallway tables.

Lauren is creative, talented, and knows what she likes. When it comes to the kitchen, she's very no-nonsense. I watched her whip up a delicious salad with chicken leftovers quicker than I could set up my tripod!

Lauren's Response to The Kitchn Survey

What's your cooking style? I love to cook everything! My mom taught me very well. I cook a lot of Italian, Asian and American dishes but I am always experimenting.

What inspires your kitchen? My Kitchen is pretty compact, clean and basic. I don’t have much room to work with but I manage.

What is your favorite kitchen tool or element? My favorite kitchen tool is definitely my garlic press.

Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: For an extra juicy chicken rub with kosher salt over and under the skin.

Biggest challenge in your kitchen: Space. Because of the size of my kitchen, my cooking projects often make their way into the foyer. My dream is to have a huge kitchen with plenty of cabinet and counter space.

Biggest indulgence: Dark chocolate, ice cream and homemade mac and cheese.

Dream tool or splurge: I would love to have a gas range with built in grill and griddle. I might have to wait a few years for that one though.

What are you cooking this week? Salt and pepper rubbed Skirt Steak with chimmichuri and fried plantains.

What cookbook has inspired you the most? The Joy of Cooking and the Silver Palette cook book.

What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen? Oven roasted Lamb Chops in a Cherry Demi Glaze with roasted rosemary potatoes.

Resources:

    • White formica cabinets with stainless appliances and black granite counter tops. • Cuisinart • Cutco Knives • Fishes Eddy Glassware • Grandma's Strainer • Ikea Bygel Series Rail and Hooks • Ikea Bygel Cutlery Caddy and Wire Basket • Under Counter Wine Glass Racks : Bed Bath and Beyond
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(Images: Jill Slater)