Doryn’s Lovingly Lacquered Cooking Lab
Doryn is a designer, and like the rest of her Manhattan home, her kitchen is impeccably put together. It is both easy on the eye and easy on the hands.
By that, I mean that Doryn took every step to make sure that this was a very user friendly space and that her and her family’s needs were thoroughly accommodated.
For example, Doryn installed a pot filler over the stove to eliminate the oft hauled large pot of water from the sink to the stove. She hid not one, but two microwaves behind over-counter cabinets so as to better facilitate simultaneous defrosting and reheating of baby food. All the kitchen facades are lacquered which makes them glisten and gleam but also makes them very easy to clean!
The counters are a striking striated marble and easily steal the show. They define the space, adding both color and drama to Doryn’s otherwise very white kitchen.
Doryn straddles practical, healthy, and gourmet cooking with ease and a sense of adventure. She knows how to save time and when to go the extra length for something special. A great cook in a great kitchen!
10 Questions for Doryn (& Her Kitchen)
What inspires your kitchen and your cooking?
My kids and husband. Without them I would be eating cheese and crackers every night with a glass of wine.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
Tough one. I love my pot filler, my sink, my instant hot, my corkboard and I am a huge gadget person so I couldn’t live with out my air popper!
What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever cooked in this kitchen?
I love to make chocolate chip pancakes with my kids on weekend mornings.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen?
Pantry space. I built in two small pantry cabinets, but with little kids, I could still use more space.
Biggest indulgence or splurge in the kitchen?
The countertops by far. They make a huge statement in the whole kitchen/family room space.
Is there anything you hope to add or improve in your kitchen?
I may switch to mostly knobs one day because the polished nickel pulls look great, but I feel like I am constantly cleaning them from dirty hands.
How would you describe your cooking style?
I cook very simple and fast, but healthy meals.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
When I was a kid, I would watch cooking shows for hours. No idea why, probably more because I love to eat. I also love to take cooking classes and the best advice I ever got was how to hold a knife properly. Before that, I cut my fingertip off 4 times and have no feeling in it!
What is your favorite cookbook?
I don’t use cookbooks anymore. I am all about the web and pulling them up on my ipad. I use a lot of recipes from Cooking Light. Weelicious.com for the kids is the BEST resource, especially for school lunch ideas.
What are you cooking this week?
I made banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Weelicious, but with dried cherries for my kids this week, mac and cheese chicken bites. Don’t get me wrong, I do A LOT of defrosting for the kids, hence the two microwaves! For my husband and me, broiled flank steak with roasted honey glazed brussel sprouts and brown rice.
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