Kristen's "Very Zen" Kitchen

Small Cool Kitchens 2013

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Name:
Kristen
Location:
Berkeley, CA
Square Feet:
48
Division:
Rent
What makes your small kitchen so cool:
It has to be incredibly well organized and neat, so everything has its place and it is always clean; and one whole wall is sliding glass doors that frame the Golden Gate Bridge. It is very Zen.
Describe a challenge you've overcome or a smart resource you've found for your kitchen.
I love to cook, so I had a ton of kitchen goodies when I moved in. I had to eliminate everything but the essentials and be very picky and clever about where everything is kept. But now the space is so efficient that I can fit a 5 gallon aquarium on my countertop. The absolute key is tall cabinets coupled with a foldable step stool that lives in a small nook next to my fridge.
What's your favorite meal to cook here?
Right now my favorite is cast-iron pan pizza with goat cheese, figs, and fresh arugula. I use the glass electric stovetop to crisp the crust and finish it in the oven. But I also love to pickle things and make elaborate appetizers for the few friends I can fit in the apartment!
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