Kristin’s Tiny Black and White New York Kitchen

published May 19, 2010
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Who cooks here? Kristin, her boyfriend, and their Labrador
Location: Greenwich Village, NY
Owned or rented? Owned
Kitchen size: 55 square feet

What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? It may not seem like a big deal, but my kitchen had no back splash for the longest time. I had a box of glass tiles (bought them because they were on sale) sitting on the floor of my closet for the longest time and planned on having someone install them. When that never happened, I stumbled across some chalkboard paint. It was a hit! (continued)

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What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? (continued)
And it actually adds functionality as well. I use it to jot down short recipes or any cooking reminders. Currently I have up the basic measurements for my favorite cupcakes (vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet), which help keep my cook books clean and off the counter.

What’s the story of your kitchen?
For someone who loves to cook, my kitchen is super tiny but surprisingly very functional. It packs a lot of “stuff”. Whatever kind of cookware, bakeware, or gadgets you might need, I’ll most likely have it!

What is your favorite meal to cook here?
I love to cook and test out new recipes, so it’s hard to name a favorite meal. But if I had to, it would actually be the chili con carne recipe from “the kitchn”. I like it because it uses cubed beef (instead of ground meat) browned in bacon fat for that extra flavor. Chili is pretty low maintenance and you can get a lot done while it’s simmering on the stove, specifically cleaning up dishes and clearing the counter.

Cooking in a small kitchen means you have to always keep things in its place because you have almost no counter space to work on. It’s a constant challenge, but I’ve learned to adjust really well (and it shows in my meals!).

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