Michelle's Cooking-for-Six New York Kitchen

Small Cool Kitchens 2010 - Rent Division

Who cooks here? Michelle, her husband, and 4 kids who like to eat. A lot.
Location: New York, NY
Owned or rented? Rented
Kitchen size: 70 square feet

What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? I just didn't have enough space for all our dishes. So we purchased an inexpensive shelving unit so we could have more storage. I also decided I'd rather use the large food pantry for storing mixers, food processors, etc. and I opted to use a smaller cabinet for food storage instead. It just means I can't stock up on things, but it has also made me a careful, thrifty shopper. We also painted the space which really separates it from the rest of the apartment. Then I hung some art. Who says you can't have art in the kitchen?

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What's the story of your kitchen?
We live in a small NYC apartment, but I actually cook for a family of 6 in mine. When we moved here last fall I was concerned to leave my large suburban kitchen behind. I'll admit, it was a challenge at first. But I found out I have to organize and just re-think the way I do my food prep. It can be done!

What is your favorite meal to cook here?
I'm a southern girl and I'm sure my 4 kids' favorite meal is my fried chicken. But we also love to make Chicken Lo Mein and any kind of sweets. Remember, we have kids here, so dessert is a must!

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