Love Your Kitchen: Start Where You’re At

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It is Day 2 of our #Write31Days series focusing on Learning to Love Your Kitchen. If you would like to see all the posts from this series, head over to Day 1 for links to everything.

Today’s encouragement as you start your kitchen journey is to Start Where You’re At.

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Okay, so today’s concept isn’t rocket surgery (as my hubby would call it), but I feel it’s important to say from the beginning what this series is and isn’t about… So put down the sledge hammer and the home improvement catalog, and just answer some quick questions:

1. Do you have access to and use of a kitchen (usually including a fridge, oven and or microwave, and some basic tools like utensils and pans & pots)?

2. Do you have any desire to put together a meal from time to time in the fore-mentioned kitchen?

If yes, then this series is for you! If no, I’m a little confused as to why you’re reading a food blog… But back on topic, this month I would like us to focus on what we have and how we can use and appreciate it more, not necessarily what wall should come down to change our floor plan or how the fridge isn’t quite right because it’s not wide enough to slide in a cookie sheet (okay, that might just be my problem).

Instead I want us to use Day 2 to focus on where we are in terms of our cooking skill, passion, and kitchen setup. A real love of any kitchen, but especially YOUR kitchen will likely not be based on the square footage or the quality of the cabinets, but rather on what you can do in it, and with whom you can share its gifts. You don’t need a gourmet kitchen with an island and a double oven, because even a tiny corner kitchen that can really only fit one person at a time can produce a Thanksgiving dinner that is just as memorable and appreciated. Yes, some stuff would be easier if our kitchens all looked like Giada’s, but turning a kitchen into a space of productivity, creativity and joy can happen now, not just when you get a tv show. Even if you’re starting here:

kitchen sign…and your kitchen is just a decoration, you can start taking steps to make your kitchen the heart blood of your circle of family and friends as you gather around a home-cooked meal.

So now I have some serious questions so you can get a pulse on where you are starting at:

1. What do you love to eat?

2. What kind of food do (or would) you like to share?

3. What is your favorite thing to do in your kitchen?

4. What is your biggest fear or frustration related to cooking (or baking)?

5. What is your biggest fear or frustration related to using and caring for your kitchen?

Again, not rocket surgery, but I want you to think about how you can focus on doing and learning more of #1-3, and removing the barriers of #4-5. Hopefully some of the tips, recipes and encouragements over this series will help you do those things. If you want to share with me what you want to learn about, I would LOVE to hear about it, just contact me or share it in the comments below to include the whole My Cup Is Full community!