It’s a kitchen tour!

I had plans to move on to the next party idea today, but the gloomy, dark, rainy weather had other ideas.  Instead of photographing food in these far from ideal conditions, I decided to use today as an opportunity to take part in the kitchen tours that some Vegan MoFo bloggers have been doing on their blogs.  Please excuse the dimly lit photos!  (Definitely check out the awesome kitchens of Kittee, MandeeAmey, Angel, Erin, Amy, Amanda, & Fanny!)  I’ve so enjoyed peeking into other people’s spaces and seeing where they create.  If you’ve watched any of my cooking videos from the past year, you’re already familiar with my kitchen, but here it goes…

On one wall of the kitchen there’s a light and below it I’ve hung the Mr. T painting that I did several years ago.  It’s a three-dimensional painting.  The fork is plastic and the tofu was made with polymer clay.  It really amused me to put it under a light, as if it was a piece at a gallery.  (That being said, if there was a gallery that focused on works of art based on Mr. T, I would go in a second!)

Here I have the toaster and wooden toast tongs.  (They’re held onto the toaster by a magnet.)   Then there’s a fruit bowl that looks like a belt, which I made.  The two covered jars contain heads of garlic, and they were made by one of my favorite potters, Tombo Studio.  Then there’s a copy of Vegan Eats World, which just arrived a couple of days ago!  (So excited!)  I was a tester for the book, and I was thrilled when it showed up.

I house more of my favorite pottery here in the cupboard.  (Now that I’m making pottery of my own as well, it’s spilling into several cupboards throughout the house.)

This is where I keep my cookbooks as you can see.

All of my spices are alphabetized, except for the front row where I keep the ones that I use the most – cumin, coriander, paprika, chili powder, oregano, and turmeric.

I have a tray that I made, which is holding oil, vinegar, and a salt pig.  It’s next to the jar, which holds nutritional yeast flakes.  (If you have a jar of nutritional yeast flakes on your kitchen counter, you just might be a vegan!)

Then of course, there’s my juicer and the love of my life, my Vitamix.  I was talking with my sister-in-law recently about my Vitamix and telling her how I’d thought about it many years before I got it because it’s a big commitment, but that I’m thankful for it everyday.  If anything, I only wish I’d gotten it sooner.  She said, “You know, if someone walked in the room during that part of the conversation, they would have thought you were talking about getting married or having a baby – not about buying a blender!”  That still makes me laugh.

Finally, outside the kitchen I have my collection of wooden wine toppers, which I got on our honeymoon in Switzerland.  They all have little levers on their backs, and if you pull them, the wooden people move.  The guy with the beer stein lifts his beer and opens his mouth, the lady with the phone holds it to her ear, the couple kisses, the woman reading lifts her glasses to her eyes, and the guy on the end sitting on the keg lifts his hat.  David drilled holes in the shelf, so that we could display them.  We never use them for wine, because I don’t want to stain them.  However, it makes me really happy to see them and pull their little levers every now and again.

So that’s my kitchen!  If you haven’t given a kitchen tour yet, do it!  I’d love to see where you make your food come to life!

42 thoughts on “It’s a kitchen tour!

  1. what an awesome kitchen! i love how much countertop and how many cabinets you have! the mr. t painting is awesome, and i also love the wine toppers from your honeymoon! i love that you went to switzerland on your honeymoon- it’s so different!

    • Thanks, Caitlin! After living in some cramped apartments over the years, I definitely appreciate having more counter space and cupboards for storage.

      For our honeymoon we hit four countries in Europe – England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. We spent about a week in Switzerland, and we both completely fell in love with it. It’s such a gorgeous country. I’d happily go back anytime, and not just to get more wooden wine toppers! :)

  2. Your assortment of pottery is astounding! I now have a strong urge to go to the farmers market and buy a bunch of pretty handmade jars.

    After seeing all these kitchen posts, I’m beginning to think that I’m the only vegan who doesn’t own a Vitamix! I really need to rectify that, every time I see one in a store I longingly stare at it. My husband thinks I’m crazy, my response to this is “but it makes soup!”. Lol

    I’m also jealous of the size of your kitchen, it’s so spacious!

    • Thanks, Maggie! Pottery is definitely my weakness these days. When I went to art fairs this summer, it was hard not to just keep buying pottery, even though I couldn’t possibly justify more for just two people (especially when I keep making more all the time)! Still, I just love having art that I use everyday as a functional piece of beauty in my day to day life.

      I had Vitamix-envy for the longest time before I got mine last winter, and so I totally know the feeling! When I finally got it, I wrote a guest post for Fork & Beans about how it was tantamount to getting a Cabbage Patch Kid when I was ten. It was tough to bite the bullet and spend the money, but I have zero regrets. I’ve read that most possessions quickly lose their happy-making quotient because they just become background in our lives. But with the Vitamix, it’s something that brings me pleasure every time I use it.

  3. I love, love, love your kitchen! So much counter space! It looks like an amazing place to cook. I live in a tiny old apartment with a kitchen a fourth of your size…so I’m jealous :-) I live Mr. T and your pottery is beautiful!!!

    • Oh, thank you, Stephanie! That’s so lovely of you to say! I definitely appreciate having counter space, especially when David and I are cooking together. For so many years in apartments, we’d have to take turns chopping and stirring.

  4. Mr. T is awesome!!!!!hahaha. You know I’m eyeing the vitamix.and how cool that you were a tester for the book!! Great shots of your pottery and the tray holding your olive oil. Very nice kitchen tour.

    • Thanks, Gigi! I love quirky characters, and Mr. T is definitely one of those. My cousin gave me the idea of adding 3D elements to the painting with the chain, tofu bite, and fork, and it totally ups the quirk quotient! When are you going to show us your kitchen? I want to see! :)

  5. Your kitchen looks so nice and spacious with lots of cupboard space. Yay for cupboard space. Impressive collection of pottery, especially your own! I brought some of my pottery back from Wisconsin last summer but I still miss the bowls that remain there. I love that your personality shines through and there are special things that make you happy every time you see them. Last but not least, Mr. T is something to behold!

    I’m planning a kitchen tour and have the photos — just can’t get my act together to make a post! Thanks for spurring me on.

    • Oh, good! I’m so glad that you’re planning on doing a kitchen tour too. I look forward to seeing your space! Reading about other people’s kitchens reminds me of a favorite Sesame Street book from when I was a kid. All of the pages featured the bedrooms of various Sesame Street characters, and then you could guess which one belonged to which Muppet. (Cookie Monster’s room had a cookie bedspread, Ernie had a fish & rubber duckie, Bert had pigeons & a paper clip collection…) Looking at the kitchens, there’s a similar feeling that the space that a person creates in her home reflects her own sense of self. It’s neat to see.

    • Thanks for starting the Kitchen Tour movement, Kittee!! You definitely set the bar high with your creative and colorful kitchen!

  6. Love the jar of nutritional yeast. I’m totally doing that now. I also like how you have a bajillion cookbooks. Another sign you must be a vegan :). Thanks for sharing your kitchen, so clean & bright.

    (I love your tofu painting!)

    • Thanks, Janae! It’s super handy to have on hand for my various nutritional yeast sprinkling needs! The cats also approve since that’s one of their favorite treats. One of my favorite potters, Jeanette Zeis, sells nutritional yeast jars, which are super cute. It’s going on my Christmas list!

  7. ohgoodgolly you could land a plane in your kitchen…so much space! I’d be tempted to crank the radio once in awhile and boogie my bloomers off while baking cookies. :)
    I love your pottery…you must show your work off as you make more in the future. I’ve given pottery a try or two in the past and it always comes out looking like a bonobo made it, but it’s fun to do anyway. cheers!

    • Oh, yes, some dancing definitely takes place in the kitchen! You’re invited to come over and boogie anytime! :) Thanks for the kind words about my pottery. It’s something that brings me a lot of pleasure to make, and I have a small Etsy shop too. (Working on filling it up a little more!) I made some pottery with the next theme party in mind, and so you’ll be seeing more of it over the next few days. I’d love to see the pottery you made! It feels good to create, and especially making useable items from mud feels very ancient. It seems like tapping into human history!

    • Ah, yes! I know the struggles of a small apartment after living in Los Angeles for many years. I definitely appreciate the space here, but you can’t beat those big city amenities! Maybe we could do a trade – you can have my kitchen space and I’ll have your restaurant options! :D

  8. Wht a great post Cadry! I love the funny story about your vitamix. Hee hee. I can totally relate. It’s definitely a big purchase, but not one that you’ll ever regret! Also, I am so envious of All. That. Space. !!! Lucky you. Also, I love seeing all your pottery and the pottery of others in your cupboards. So sweet. You really are multi talented!!

    • Oh, thank you, Amey! Yes, my sister-in-law cracked me up when she made that comment about the Vitamix, but it really was something I didn’t enter into lightly. I thought about it a long time before I finally made the purchase!

  9. What a lovely spacious kitchen and I’m so jealous of your Vitamix! Love your pottery and Mr T too! I would like to do a tour of my kitchen but it hasn’t been in the cleanest state over the past month ;)

    • Ha! I so know the feeling! The kitchen has been MoFo Central for several weeks now. When my husband saw how clean the kitchen was in preparation of tour photos, he joked that I needed to start new blogs called Cadry’s Living Room & Cadry’s Basement! :D

    • Do it! You won’t regret it! When I first alphabetized my spices several years ago, my husband thought there was no way it would last. (I’m not known for being the most organized person in the world.) But it’s stuck, because it’s so handy! It’s like learning how to type. Once you know where the letters are, it’s easier to go there every time. By instinct I can tell you where to reach for the thyme, mustard, saffron, etc. It’s so much better than the old days when I kept my spices in a box and had to sift through them to find anything!

    • It seems like a lot of people want to come to my kitchen to dance! Clearly I need to be having more parties! :D Yes, organizing spices really pays off in terms of time and frustration. Before I started alphabetizing them, I’d feel such irritation and frustration when I was cooking and had to stop to sort through spices to find the one I needed.

  10. I love how open your space is and how much counter top room you have! I’d love to share my kitchen because it’s really pretty, but I don’t think I could ever get it clean enough to make it happen. That Mr. T. artwork is so radical!

    • Maybe once MoFo is done you’ll have more time to tidy up the kitchen! Plus, perhaps then it won’t instantly become covered in new ingredients and dishes! :) I hope you do it. I’d love to see your space!

  11. So warm and creative. I love the pottery, artful but functional, in use throughout the kitchen and the wine stoppers with their specially-made shelf. Very sweet.

  12. I love seeing inside other people’s homes and kitchens (especially since our kitchen is the size of a shoebox)! The 3-d Mr. T painting is awesome. I’m so impressed at your alphabetical spice cabinet, too — I try to organize mine all the time, but it never lasts so I’m constantly pulling everything out to search for what I need. Cute wine toppers, too :)

    • I’ve surprised myself that the shelf has stayed organized for so many years. I’m not known to be the most organized person ever. However, every time we’ve moved, it’s an essential that I alphabetize them right away. It’s like typing on a computer in another country. Once you’re used to QWERTY, it’s more of a hassle to hunt and peck! :) I expect my spices to be in the same place every time. You should do a kitchen tour, Bobbie! I’d love to see your space too!

  13. What a big, bright kitchen! I love all the personal touches with your pottery and the Mr. T artwork. And I totally have a huge jar of nooch on my counter, so I guess I’m vegan. ;-)

  14. I’ve enjoyed seeing how everyone’s kitchens have such different personal touches. I’ve never seen anyone with Mr. T artwork. And I love you for it. And your wine toppers are fun, too. :)

    • It’s fun to get a little peek into someone else’s life, isn’t it? I’ve never seen anyone else with Mr. T artwork in their house either. If I ever find them, I’ll know we’re kindred spirits for sure! ;)

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