Kitchen Chronicles: The Island is in Sight

Welcome to my kitchen chronicles! I’m into week 6 of a kitchen remodel and the end is barely in sight.  A few speed bumps have slowed progress along the way; electrical which had to be replaced, a cabinet with a crack (discovered once it was installed), and the list goes on!

I’m learning a kitchen remodel is a journey which requires patience before you reach your destination.  It also requires some creativity if you don’t want to eat out every meal.  Here are a few of my recent experiments:

  • Spaghetti squash on the grill – and yes, it worked but took some work!  I poked the outer “shell” with a knife – be careful – and placed on the hot grates.  I kept turning the squash as it browned and at some point was able to cut it in half, scoop the seeds and wrap in foil.  Another 40 minutes back on the grill – check it periodically – and I was left with a mountain of golden roasted squash.  A little parmesan, salt and pepper for the perfect finish.
  • Restaurant leftovers – pork belly from Cotogna in SF – combined with sea bass in a foil pouch on the grill makes for good, fast food.  The pork belly pieces added richness and depth to the otherwise mild white fish.  
  • Ramen noodles – the packaged version from the produce aisle.  Boiled water in the microwave, added noodles then the spice packet and some extras (onions, grilled chicken) for the perfect cold-weather meal.
  • Japanese sweet potatoes grilled then mashed.   Odd, but good.

Be sure to look out for more installments of the kitchen chronicles for more updates!

Finally, here’s a picture of the island – check out the color! – amidst the center of the kitchen.  It’s progress people!

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I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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