A major kitchen remodel... it can be every cook's dream—or nightmare. Follow along as Executive Editor Kate Heyhoe turns a cramped, dingy, 36-year old country kitchen into the ultimate expansive, efficient and drop-dead gorgeous center for cooking, dining and entertaining. Kate's tips and research can help turn your own kitchen remodel, whether it's a large or small job, into your true dream kitchen, without being an exercise in frustration.
Half of the 1964 galley-style kitchen, prior to remodeling.
Along with before-and-after photos, you'll see detailed shots of each step along the way, to prepare you for your own remodeling adventure. Starting with the ups and downs of hiring a contractor, the series continues with Kate's selection of cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring materials, lighting fixtures, and the installation process for each. You'll discover why Kate selects certain products over others, and you'll get a real feel for what to do—and not do when remodeling your own kitchen.
"Mine is intentionally not going to be a restaurant-style kitchen," explains Kate as the series begins. "I need to cook in the same way my readers do, and with the same type of equipment, so my recipes can be replicated by anyone. But that's not to say consumers can't outfit their kitchens with state-of-the-art products. I've discovered an incredibly exciting assortment of cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring and other materials that are affordable yet attractive. Better yet is the way they perform—most have built-in durability and new time-saving and technology features that are designed with today's busy cook in mind."
The road to remodel also means that at some point, you'll be entirely without a kitchen. Kate's tips for eating well without a kitchen sink, range or refrigerator will pull you through these tough times. Even if you're not undergoing kitchen demolition, these stress-free, mess-free recipes are ones to serve and enjoy at any time.
The Phase 1 recipes don't require a lot of ingredients, preparation time or equipment—yet they're far from boring. As your old kitchen is gradually put out of commission , you'll need to break out the grill or get sandwich-creative—or try the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Survival Recipes coming up in the series.
The Global Gourmet's Kitchen Remodel series runs through March, 2001. Come back next week for Part 1: Recipe for a Remodel, in which Kate outlines all the ingredients you'll need to cook up your dream kitchen.
You still have your kitchen, but what you don't have is time or energy (so many decisions to make, so much research and shopping to do!). Some of these recipes make enough for more than one meal, to enjoy again without any effort.
Kate's Global Kitchen for January, 2001:
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