In My Kitchen – December 2013: YES! I have a Working Kitchen

It’s hard to believe that I last posted a month ago.  Thanks to Celia for graciously hosting the IMK series and keeping me going with the In My Kitchen Posts, otherwise we could be into a new year before I realized that I need to catch up. Thanks Celia, you’ve got a great idea that helps keep us all on track and connected!

Now, in my kitchen is a working kitchen!  Other than a few very minor things my kitchen is finally done.  Want to see?

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Remember when it used to look like this:IMG_1036and then for a while it looked like this:IMG_1041

I absolutely love the entire kitchen.  It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of and very functional but there are some features that I’m really getting a kick out of.  One day though you might see me run out the front door, pulling my hair out, screaming “EVERYTHING‘s beeping at me!  Make it stop!”

I’m embarrassed to admit that this is the first time that I’ve had to read the instruction books on every new appliance.  I’ll clue you in on some important tips that I’ve come across too – just in case you were thinking of reheating your pet ferret in the microwave.

The flat top stove and vent hood are great, especially since all of the burners work and the oven consistently turns on.  It has a warming oven underneath but I haven’t figured that out yet.   Since we moved the fridge to the other side of the room, I absolutely LOVE having all that work space to the right of the stove.  Before I only had about 8″ or enough to set a ladle down.

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Tile backsplash with glass accents, slide in  Bosch flattop stove

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Well not so easy to slide in (electric cord position was a little difficult.  The guys figured there was a German engineer laughing his butt off )

Obviously, the stove has the most pages of warnings in the instruction book.  If I had to guess, I’d say stoves get the most lawsuits.  You all probably know not to dangle scarves or wear loose clothes when cooking but did you know you shouldn’t spray hairspray on when you’re standing near a stove that’s on?  Wicked split ends doing that I guess.  Other important tips that someone must have tried, hence the warnings:

– “Do not place food directly on oven bottom”
-” Plastic containers or cling wrap can melt permanently onto the bottom of the warming oven”
– “Pet birds have sensitive respiratory systems.  Keep them out of the kitchen where kitchen fumes could reach them.  Overheating margarines & cooking oils may be harmful.”  (If you have a wild bird in your kitchen, he’s on his own.)
– “If your stove catches on fire, do not reach through flames to turn off the fan but if you can do it safety you should.”

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Super sized sink & a very confusing faucet (I’m sure I’ll figure it out once I read the book).  I love the sprayer – it can do 2 different strength sprays or a stream but damned if I know when it decides to do any of them.  Theoretically after using the spray, shutting it off is supposed to default back to the stream.  Is Hansgrohe a German company too?

Note:  The counters are granite.  Granite is harder than glass.  I broke the first coffee pot on Day 2.

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Granite topped island in black with silver tone hardware to contrast with brown on the white cabinets

Important things to know about the microwave drawer:
– “It is for food preparations only!  It should never be used to dry clothes or newspapers.” (newspapers?)
– “Some products such as whole eggs and sealed containers – for example, closed glass jars – are able to explode and should not be heated in this appliance.”  (Some of you may remember what happened with my friend who tried to warm his golf balls in his microwave & ended up with a pocketful of exploding balls).
– Glenda, this one is for you…have you been using your microwave drawer to store your cookbook collection? “NEVER use the microwave drawer for storing cookbooks.”  Don’t you wonder why they had to be so specific on this?
– And, of course:  “At no time should anyone be allowed to lean or swing on the microwave drawer.”

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Top Loading, push button slide out microwave drawer

In the second drawer of the island, I added in a nifty peg system to store my everyday dishes and cups.  I don’t have to move at all to unload the dishwasher into this drawer.

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Bosch dishwasher with silverware drawer on top & a water softening system.  My dishes actually are clean!

Bosch dishwasher with silverware drawer on top & a water softening system. My dishes actually are clean!

I know this is crazy, but again, I have to warn you about the dishwasher door – what’s with doors & drawers?
– “Do not abuse, sit or stand on the door or dish racks of the dishwasher”.
– “To reduce the risk of injury, do not allow children to play IN or ON the dishwasher”.
– Since this is another Bosch appliance, failure to heed these warnings will result Angela Merkel knocking on your door and smacking you around.

And my bank of narrow cabinets, also known as the landing area for mail, cell phones, wallets, and of course cats..

Landing area for wallets, phones, and cats

Landing area for wallets, phones, and cats

It’s been a long process, but I am so happy to have my dream kitchen in time for Christmas.  A few recommendations if you are considering a major renovation:
– Plan the project for warm months.  You will have all sorts of workers in and out all day and if you are having tiles cut, it’s best they do that outside.  In the case of the wall tiles, they were cut one piece at a time so the door was always open.
– Plan a slush fund of 10-20% of the total cost for unexpected expenditures.  No matter how well you plan, there’s always a chance that once a wall comes down or a soffit gets knocked out that wires or surprises will come up.
– It’s well worth hiring an expert kitchen planner to guide you through the process and to coordinate the subcontractors.  One guy can delay a project and you really don’t want to be scheduling plumbers, electricians, plasterers, or building inspectors on your own.
– Don’t try to cut corners thinking that you’ll save a little.  My thinking on this is that if you’re investing in a major re-do, why try to save a few dollars by putting something in that will be an eyesore.
– Practice deep breathing and relaxation exercises and be ready for the phone call that your entire tile shipment was smashed.

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70 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – December 2013: YES! I have a Working Kitchen

  1. What a great renovation! Hope you’re having fun playing in new kitchen and exploring all the new toys. It’s scary how obvious some of the warning have to be isn’t it. Leah

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    • Thank you Leah. I am so happy to have it done & it’s the best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten. Now, I have to finish putting down the shelf liner and find a home for everything I packed up. You know there’s a reason why those specific warnings are in the appliance books and you do have to wonder how those lawsuits ended up. If I were a judge I think I’d say to the parent who let their kid play INSIDE the dishwasher “Are you kidding me?”

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  2. Well, first, congratulations, Diane and John. This kitchen is absolutely BEAUTIFUL.. a dream is the right word. I can see this in a kitchen decor magazine. Those quotes from your appliance paperwork are a hoot. Ok, so what was the first meal you made? I wouldn’t know what to do first. Can’t wait to see it in person.

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    • Thanks Judy & what a supreme compliment. Isn’t it crazy what you find in these books? Somebody obviously had a lawsuit.
      My first meal was the chicken mascarpone w/mustard, then I made baked stuffed pork chops, and last night – you ready for it? My special lobster risotto. It is SO good to not be eating takeout & of course you need to see it in person.

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    • Judy, the coffee’s always on & you even get to choose the menu. It’s been too long since we’ve gotten together. We should do a kitchen warming. You must go right by here on your way to your daughter’s new house & we’re just 4 miles off 495. You just have to promise not to swing on the microwave drawer though.

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    • Thanks Bongo – plenty of room for an extra dog or two.can easily reach every counter in here so food is still at risk. She’s having a hard time though trying to figure out the optimum spot to sprawl out to catch any dropped food.
      That damn cat has taken over the entire island which is a great place to take a swat at any dog walking by.

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    • It is fun using everything and am still trying to figure out where to out everything. I will definitely try to stay safe and hope they’ve covered all the important warnings in the booklets. Of course I’ve had a few mishaps in the kitchen and consider a successful cooking session one that I don’t end up in the emergency room.

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  3. Congratulations Diane! Your design is amazing..love the color of the cabinets and back splash tiles…island is perfection..you thought of everything..Merry Christmas! You will have a wonderful
    holiday baking and shaking! Enjoy your new palace! Kathy

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    • Thank you Kathy! I know the painted and glazed cabinets isn’t to everyone’s liking but I like that look and was so tired of the oak cabinets. It felt like walking into a forest every time I went in there. Guys tend to like natural wood but the designer was terrific in helping to persuade John. You should come do some shaking and baking with me some time. Niki was just over and of course had to play with everything. But I made sure she didn’t ‘abuse’ the dishwasher.

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  4. Diane, it looks fabulous. I am so glad you are happy with it. It would be horrible to go through so much and not be. That is good advice re storing cookbooks! I would use the convection oven over the microwave any day 🙂

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    • I KNEW they had that warning about the cookbooks for you. I think it must be something about load limits. But now why do you think they singled out not drying clothes or newspapers in there?
      You are so right about going through something like this and only being half satisfied. I’m glad that my husband was in agreement that if we were going to do it, that we should get everything we wanted in there. Every now and then something would come up -like the old ceiling- and we said go for it…why do all this and then look up at the old ugly ceiling later wishing that we’d taken care of it when we could.

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    • Trust me, if I didn’t keep my humor throughout this process I would have been locked up & my husband and I would be in marriage counseling. I thought it was nice of them to think of pet birds don’t you? Who knew that overheated margarine & cooking oil could knock a bird out. I did think of John over at Bartolini’s Kitchen since he’s got a parrot – I hope he pays attention to that warning.

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    • Geez, I figured you of all people would understand the need to just admire it and keep it clean for a while. Did you cook the first day in yours? Actually I already had a very messy spillover with boiling lobsters on Saturday. One minute they were fine, the next I had lobster foam baked onto the oven top. But the lobster risotto was really good.

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      • No way I hit that kitchen as soon as the guy was out the door.
        And that isnt fair – of all things lobster risotto. Were they alive? I mean before you put them in the risotto.

        Talking about living things – I discovered Sannakji – which is alive octopus which is chopped up and served immediately still wiggling around. Seriously what is going on there

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      • This is New Enland-of course they were alive. I learned how to boil and crack open a lobster when I was 5 years old. The nice thing about that lobster risotto is you can boil the lobsters ahead, crack ‘me open and get all the meat out, then just chunk up the meat when you’re ready to do the risotto.
        Holy holy holy…I started to gag reading about that octopus but was going to send a note to your wife because when I first read it, I thought you meant that you made that lovely…lively? dish yourself. I thought you’d gone over the edge and taken your blog to a different level. Please don’t try that yourself, you will have nightmares.
        But who would do that seriously?

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    • Thanks Lisa. When we were going through the decision process, the designer had my collect pictures of kitchens that I liked, even if there was just one feature about it that caught my eye. When I showed her all of my dream ideas she noticed that they all pretty much looked like what I finally decided on. Frankly it’s my dream kitchen too and I never thought that I would ever have anything like it . My daughter wants to relocate it to her Boston apartment.

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  5. Diane – I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR KITCHEN! I can only imagine how incredibly happy you are. It seems like just yesterday you were starting this project now that it is done. I bet you are pleased to have everybody out of your home so you can start enjoying cooking and baking.
    I have never seen a microwave oven like yours before. Best you know that I will have to play with that when I come and visit and I promise to remember all the safety instructions for all the appliances in your beautiful kitchen! 😉
    Have a beautiful week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • Oh Mandy, thank you – and I did it just for your visit! I’ll still have some company until the little details are done but ‘somebody’ has to paint the walls. That somebody will probably be the same somebody who painted the walls last summer.
      The microwave is very cool & Sharp is the only one making it right now but it’s perfect to set into an island or cabinet to keep the counters clear. My daughter had lots of fun with it yesterday but I made sure she didn’t dry her laundry in there. You can come play all you want but no abusing any of the appliances now. Gosh, I still need to finish shelf lining & finding things but the basics are all put away – if I could only find them.

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  6. Love love love it!! The kitty looks SO good in the landing zone. But, where does Lola land? LOL!
    I can’t wait for your adventures to take place in the new digs, and then tell us all about them. Word of caution – wine glasses will indeed break on granite counters! Just saying……!

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    • Isn’t it amazing how cats just assume you do these things just for them? You should have seen him when I had all the bottom cabinets in but no granite counters on top – he must have tested out every drawer for a good nap spot. Oh, and as for Lola, she’s trying to find the perfect spot to play bearskin rug to catch the most droppings. So far she’s had her ears stepping on 4 times.
      You know I’ve already had a boil over on the new stove w/lobsters and thought I’d really messed up the top but they gave me a cleaning cream that worked wonders.
      No doubt a wine glass or 2 will be dust at some point. So far I’ve broken 1 coffee pot clipping the side of the granite & a bowl was in smithereens when it bounce off the floor. Seems like granite & tile win out in the hardness department.

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      • Plastic wine glasses are party partners of ours now…the other thing we’ve done is hit the edge of a plate on the granite while loading the dishwasher, with “chips” flying all around…ouch! But that counter top is sure pretty, isn’t it? Just wait til you roll dough or biscuits…it stays perfectly cool and easy clean up!

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      • I need to get used to this – so far: 1 coffee pot, 2 glasses & a bowl smashed. The bowl almost got saved after landing on Lola but she jumped up & it hit the tile floor. Getting low on glasses right about now.
        I was wondering about rolling out dough directly on the granite.

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  7. Oh my word! I am speechless. You have such fantastic taste!! (which, of course, is really my way of saying that your taste is just like MINE). The finished product is definitely top notch — you deserve it — can’t wait to see what you’ll cook up first — did you do Thanksgiving in it?

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    • LOL, isn’t it funny how we have such exquisite tastes? I did not do Thanksgiving – that’s my sister in law’s department each year but I cooked up my super duper sweet potato casserole dish. So far: chicken w/mascarpone sauce & mustard (Giarda’s), baked stuff pork chops (a little bacon in the stuffing), and then lobster risotto. So far the kitchen seems to be my friend.

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  8. Diane, I truly enjoyed the tour of your kitchen. It’s breathtaking! Well-thought out, too — especially the extra counter space from moving your fridge. Worth the wait, eh? Congratulations and happy holiday cooking!

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    • Thank you Kim & I am loving that extra room to the right of the stove. Before I only had what I called the Bermuda Triangle to the right of the sink & left of the stove so when my daughter would come over to help we were constantly bumping butts trying to work together. It’s also opened up the room by taking down the wall that was beside the fridge – let’s in more light & just feels more airy.

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  9. Oh I laughed and laughed and laughed! “Pet birds have sensitive respiratory systems”? “Get the budgie out, I’m heating canola oil!!”…”Do not abuse the dishwasher”? (the mind boggles)…

    I LOVE the look of your new kitchen, it looks like it’s designed to flow well, which is a big thing for me. A friend of ours had a kitchen where you took out a plate, shut the dishwasher so that you could open the cupboard door, put the plate away, then opened the dishwasher again to get out another plate. That would drive me bonkers! And I can’t wait to hear what you do with the warming oven – I’ve always wanted one of those! 🙂

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    • Celia, I thought you’d appreciate the helpful hints on the appliances – especially the dishwasher one after your latest problem with yours although they didn’t address that specifically. I wonder if that’s considered dishwasher abuse? Do you think they have a dishwasher hotline that dishwashers can call if they feel that they’re being abused? Do you think verbal abuse counts?
      Why in the world would they single out birds though? You have to believe that all these specifics were due to lawsuits & somebody lost a bird. Probably got a good settlement too I’d imagine if they’re now putting it in the manual. I also wonder what the person was really cooking up that the bird died.
      I would go nuts too if I had a layout that required so much opening & closing – geez, I think I’d go to paper plates & give up.
      Maybe this week I’m going to try that warming oven for my cinnamon rolls to rise in.

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  10. My toddler son sat on the dishwasher door just once and now it opens a lot farther down than it used to. It still works but would not prefer a sagging dishwasher door. I was wondering about the dark color of your island but now that I see the entire kitchen it’s really a fabulous contrast. Was that your choice to begin with? Or did you see a design that inspired you to make the contrast. Your kitchen looks beautiful. The distressed finish (is that what you call it?) of the white cabinets give it a warm touch and it ties in nicely with the island. Love the lighted landing area. Your cat made a great photo prop! Congratulations on your dream kitchen remodel!

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    • Ok, I can see a toddler thinking it’s a good spot to watch Mom cook. I can’t see an adult using it for a step stool though.
      I knew going in that I wanted a coordinating but not matching island since that’s what I wanted the focal point of the kitchen to be. Originally we were just going to replace the floor, the island & the countertops. The designer said it could work but to really think about it since the island would make the old cabinets look shabby & once you drop 2 tons of granite on top of the cabinets, its pretty much there for the rest of my life at least. The cabinets are a painted maple & the dark brown detail is called glazing. I originally considered what they call distressed cabinets which is the banged up look & has sort of streaks of color. After looking at them though I thought I’d get tired of that look.

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  11. Your kitchen is lovely and so well thought out.
    I love all the warnings. Do they think we are nitwits?
    Thanks so much for sharing I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your kitchen. (Sorry to hear about the broken coffee pot.)

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    • Thank you so much & I am loving all of it. Just need to finish finding a home for all of the stuff I packed up. I’m so clumsy sometimes that when I have a coffee pot burn out, I always save the glass pot for a spare – I’ve only got one left so I’ve got to be careful 🙂
      Not only do they think people are nitwits, but nitwits who are willing to embarrass themselves with lawsuits. Can you imagine being in the customer call center for some of these calls? “Hello, my microwave smells after I dried my sneakers in there & I’d like you to replace it”.

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  12. “Since this is another Bosch appliance, failure to heed these warnings will result Angela Merkel knocking on your door and smacking you around.” Haaaaaaahahahahahahahaha. Hysterical. You’ve done so beautifully with your kitchen, you must be over the moon with it!

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    • Have you seen Chancellor Merkel? Boy I wouldn’t want that woman in my face so I’m not going to abuse my dishwasher!
      I am having a grand time in this kitchen and so happy to be able to have a home cooked meal again.

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  13. So, from your hazelnut post, I assumed you were in Europe, but then I hopped over here and took one look at your kitchen (congratulations!) and knew you weren’t. I think you’re in New England, so I’m not sure why hazelnuts are so expensive where you are.

    I order all of my nuts from nuts.com. The hazelnuts that are shelled start at $8.99. Here is the link, just fyi. http://www.nuts.com/nuts/hazelnuts/

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    • Oh wow – thank you! Last time I bought them they were about $16/lb. $8.99 is truly a bargain. Yes, I am in New England – about 30 miles west of Boston.
      Loving my kitchen and happy to have it back. Now all I need is an order of hazelnuts.

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  14. Absolutely stunning! I am so jealous. Loving that granite counter top and the decorative tile above the stove. However, I am not jealous of all the pain and suffering and sweat and tears to get to this point but now that it is done, it was totally worth it. So now the big question, whats on the menu this week? You should tell your husband that you are too tired to cook due to the construction project and that you should eat out… LOL I have a dog that loves to help with the dishwasher loading. However, in the Chinese version of my meile dishwasher instructions it does not specifically say that dogs cannot sit on dishwashers, so it must be okay, right? Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday season. Take Care, BAM

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    • Thank you! The funny thing is I still walk into the kitchen in the morning expecting to see wires dangling & torn out walls so it’s like “whoa…kitchen fairy must have been here”. There were a few times when I thought I was at the breaking point since this was all going on during a really painful sciatic nerve problem. You laugh but that first night when I could have used the kitchen I was just too tired to find any pans & we had a very empty fridge so it turned out to be a take out night 🙂
      As for your dishwasher, I don’t think your Buddy would be able to take a door down and I think that’s a great solution to any pre-washing for really dirty dishes. Just double check though to see if there’s anything about not washing your dog in the dishwasher.
      I am back to having some of our favorite meals since it’s been a couple of months: Giarda’s mascarpone chicken, stuffed pork chops (bacon in the stuffing), lobster risotto…last night was just good ol’ American chop suey. And I’ve already burned myself wondering if one of the units was actually on – it was.

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  15. Now, THIS is a kitchen! It really does look fantastic, Diane, and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it immensely. Personally, I’d make room for a daybed so that I could sleep in it. Not permanently, that would be weird. Just for a couple years until the newness wore off. 🙂
    My parrot, Lucy will be 12 in March and I did a great deal of research before I decided on her breed and found a reputable breeder in the area. One thing that struck me was that, time and time again, books said to avoid using Teflon coated pans or small appliances because the fumes could kill the bird. Remembering the stories of birds in mine shafts, I kept wondering, “What about us?” Well, a couple years later, warnings started circulating about the evils of fumes from old Teflon pans. What took them so long?

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    • Thank you John & yes, I really am enjoying it. Funny you should mention sleeping in there. First my husband said he was going to & then Harry, my very good friend saw the island & said what a great place to stretch out – he’s explained the attraction of guys really loving horizontal surfaces.
      Since you’re the only one that I know of w/a bird I absolutely had to include that warning just for you! Having burned a Teflon pan once I know those fumes can’t be good for anyone & I’ve ditched all of them. Yet I’ve got a friend who still uses one that’s got the Teflon peeling off & I try to pass on anything that comes out of that pan.

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    • I can’t tell you how happy I am with the results. I think the microwave drawer is only available right now in 2 models made by Sharp but it’s been great. I never wanted one over the stove since I’m not very tall & pulling hot things down toward me is just asking for trouble.
      I hope you have a great experience & fun with your kitchen. Will you be posting about it? I’m not sure if you live in an area where weather can be a problem, but be sure to leave plenty of time for decisions, ordering & installation timing things when you won’t mind doors being open & people coming & going all day.

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  16. Hey – I KNEW I saved this email for a reason…since you are looking into all things new in the kitchen, see what you think of these…Susan
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    WearEver’s new, affordable Pure Living line of ceramic cookware ($25 to $80 each) could be your solution to those cluttered cabinets full of pans you don’t use–and also enable you to cook on a healthier surface.

    Each of the dishwasher-safe, toxin-free pieces, including a range of fry pans, sauce pans and a covered skillet, are free of cadmium, PFOA and PFTE, those pesky chemicals that have given nonstick pans a bad name. And unlike most nonstick and traditional pans, they’re recyclable, which means they won’t end up as landfill.

    Pure Living products promise easy cleaning, scratch and stain resistance and fast heating due to an aluminum core. Another advantage over non-stick? You can put them under the broiler, since the pans are heat resistant up to 750°.

    We tested the 12-inch sauté pan and can verify its speedy heating capacity. After browning an onion with peppers, tomatoes and chickpeas, the pan was, as promised, a snap to wipe clean, and a silicone handle made maneuvering easy.

    The Pure Living line also comes with a lifetime guarantee.

    That vase you painted for your mom? Not so much.

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    • Susan I’m going to have to check this out. They sound terrific & reasonably priced from what I’ve been looking at. My next post will include the saga of my pans since I have a flattop stove that shuts off if the pan isn’t flat on the surface.

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  17. Your kitchen renovation looks great. I hope your cat approves. My kitchen is now 7 years old and I am still trying to work out the oven. There are too many choices these days and too many features to annoy you. Good luck.

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    • Thank you & I agree completely about all the options! I’m used to having 4 burner knobs & and oven knob. Turn them & you’re cooking. This has so many different cooking modes – bake, convection bake, roast, convection roast, dehydrator…I stand there with the book just to put a casserole in there. I think I’ve at least figured out the top part.

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    • It is a good size kitchen & it’s funny because the size is the same but with the new layout I can’t tell you how much easier it is working around in there. Everything I really need is just a couple steps within reach. Plus, I also love that extra counter space to the right of the stove. Oh I’ve got some big plans for good Christmas food.

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      • Yes a good layout might do miracles, my kitchen is tiny but everything is always at hand and there is almost enough space to work with. And I don’t even have to worry about the Christmas food this year I will just enjoy consuming what the family cooks 😀

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  18. Beautiful! As soon as my study is completed (later this month), we’re going to wrap our kitchen up. But we don’t have nearly the space of you! I mean, a Boy Scout troop could set up a campsite in there! — By the way, how in the hell are you supposed to dry your newspaper if not in the microwave? 😉

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    • Thanks Adam although I think I’ll wait a bit before inviting the Boy Scouts for a camp out. That’s great that you’ll have your study done soon – by Christmas maybe? Then the kitchen & you’ll be all set. We finished just in time before the bitter cold & snow which I don’t think you have to worry about so much but is a big consideration doing a major project up here.
      As for drying out newspapers – I personally don’t think it’s a bad idea to toss them in the microwave. Draw the line a dirty wet socks though.

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  19. Absolutely lovely kitchen…all your wishes seem to have come true. I think this is the only time I have laughed out loud while admiring someone’s new appliances. The slide in range photo was the best. 🙂 Just love your wonderful sense of humor and I know it had to help get you through the remodeling job.

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    • Thank you so much Karen. If I didn’t keep my sense of humor during the project I would have been cowering in the back of my closet. It was one of those love/hate kind of things where I wanted this kitchen so badly but being here during the deconstruction was very tiring. Do you know that I still haven’t figured this stove out? I’ve got the dishwasher set on sort of a generic setting that seems to be getting the dishes sparkling clean so I’m leaving those setting alone! Isn’t that picture of Jim, the general contractor the best? That’s the plumber trying to keep the stove from sliding while Jim maneuvered the fat cord and I’m sure he was wondering – “what’s this got to do with plumbing?”

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