Bob and Cortney have seven kids and their own reality TV show. So, while they may not do the type of cooking readers expect for kitchen tour hosts, they certainly use their kitchen.
In order to maintain impressive levels of sanity and get many things done in a day, Bob and Cortney are not ashamed to say that they like to order in. When not ordering in, they'll do a large portion of comfort food of some sort and make a lot of people happy all at once.
The kitchen is both beautiful and functional. It is also amenable to all but the baby of the family setting the table. Cortney keeps all the table ware and cloth napkins in drawers that are close to the floor for easy access. The kids take their responsibility for setting the table and clearing the table in stride, thus making things a little bit easier. The rest of the kitchen is full of space and storage and ample prep space.
Over the years Bob and Cortney have employed many ways to save money but still create inviting and very cool homes. The secret has often been to buy used/vintage/antique and spruce it up or appreciate it in its decaying form. They are also really good at taking advantage of art and real estate before it gets too 'discovered.' This kitchen appears much more sleek and modern than those in their previous homes, but there are some carryovers such as the dining room table coupled with distinct dining room chairs.
The Kitchn Questionnaire
What's your cooking style?
Family style, burgers, pasta, pizza. Anything easy and fast! We are also very adept at ordering in and heating up!
What inspires your kitchen?
We love an open floor plan so there is plenty of room for all of us around the kitchen table, which is really the hub of our home, and the center of our family life. The best part of our day is dinner, when we get together and find out what everybody has been doing for the whole day!
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
Definitely, the grill on top of our stove. And our espresso machine. We especially love that first thing in the morning, if you know what I mean.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: Don't overcook! That really turns the food into something you don't want quickly, so we are careful not to do it.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen:
Meals for nine, that's a lot of cooking at once. And finding a meal that everybody wants and will eat. That can be a huge challenge, but we are lucky that the kids are not picky eaters and we are all very flexible.
We need two dishwashers, which might seem indulgent for other families, but with the number of dishes we have just from one meal alone, we would need to be running the dishwasher constantly. This way, we get it all done at once and get the kitchen back to normal.
Dream tool or splurge:
Believe it or not, the real splurge in the kitchen is the art, along with a beautiful vintage chandelier that makes the room elegant, so it is not just some place to eat, but a room to really enjoy.
What are you cooking this week?
We are making a lot of pasta! Those major carbs make everybody happy! We like all kinds of pasta, and it is super-easy and can feed a lot of people at once!
What cookbook has inspired you the most?
The Yellow Pages—we order out a lot. LOL We love lots of different kind of cuisines, but I guess it is the classic cook books that have the most impact over the years.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
A turkey, for Thanksgiving. We do it all the time. It is the most fun meal of the year, and one of the most labor-intensive to make, but always worthwhile.
Boffi kitchen, we always buy floor samples at half-price. Ikea has a great knock-off, and if you use nice hardware, it really works. We have Sub-Zero and Viking appliances now, but General Electric has their professional series that is just as good and much cheaper. The kitchen table is an old French lab table, and around the table, we have white pleather chairs we bought at Brooklyn flea, and recovered. The bench in the kitchen is vintage, and it came from Miami. The "Family" art is by Heidi Codi. We have lots of vases from Pier 1 on the table full of flowers. We always have flowers are in the kitchen!
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