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These are the voyages of a pretty good home cook. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new recipes and new civilizations, to boldly cook where no one has cooked before. Or at least where no one has probably managed to cook much before, what with it being totally devoid of counter space and other things one generally expects in a kitchen.

How the blog was born

Gayle (a.k.a. The Kitchenette), a freelance journalist specializing in defense and foreign policy coverage, had two main frustrations after moving out to the Northern Virginia ‘burbs with her fiance, Future Mr. Kitchenette. First, though the kitchen of their rental house is all kinds of original 1950s adorable, it is strangely small for an otherwise normal-sized house. Second, leftovers and wasted food became an issue, as most recipes seem to be designed for families of four (with voracious appetites).

Dealing with the first problem is a ongoing adventure to be shared and lamented with anyone out there who cares to commiserate — especially if, like us, they don’t have the luxury of ripping out walls and remodeling. We’ll offer tips that work in The Kitchenette as we figure them out, post photos of some of our already-installed fixes and contemplate adorable-and-functional space-saving products.

In dealing with the second problem, The Kitchenette thought she’s just snag some “recipes built for two” off the Internets and adjust grocery shopping accordingly. As it turned out, it wasn’t that simple. With so many “serves two” recipes turning out to be lame, stir-frys or serving way more than two after all, The Kitchenette is now on a mission to cut recipes down to a reasonable size for couples and create new concoctions without being forced to eat the flavorless, the uninspired or some variation of stir-fry five nights a week.

The name

A kitchenette, says Wikipedia, is a small cooking area in hotel rooms, small/studio apartments, college dorms and offices, usually consisting of a small refrigerator, a microwave and/or hotplate and maybe a sink if you’re lucky. The term was reportedly coined by Andrew J. Kerwin in the August 21, 1937 edition of The New Yorker, but we would’ve liked to check with William Safire on that one.

Also according to the wiki, the New York City building code defines a kitchenette as a kitchen of less than 80 square feet of floor space. We have thus far been unable of obtain an official D.C. building code definition of the word, but if you have one, hook us up!

Plus, tacking “ette” on the end of words tends to give them a feminine and/or diminutive connotation. As The Kitchenette herself is both small and female, it had an added appeal.

Technical Stuff and Things

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The Theme: For now, Vigilance by The Theme Foundry. There are plugins happening and messing about with CSS that needs to happen. The look is a work in progress at the moment. Suggestions/help welcome.
The Host: Laughing Squid
The Computer: 15″ MacBook Pro
The People Who Keep Me From Chucking the MacBook Pro Out the Window: Keith, Brian, Matt. Many, many thanks.
The Camera: Nikon P6000. As close as you can get to DSLR while still being a point and shoot. Love it.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010

    It should be noted, however, that stir-fry tastes good. When done properly.

  2. April 2, 2012

    I just discovered your blog and I love it. Thanks for helping out other couples in need of good eats that wont make us overeat!

    • Gayle permalink*
      April 5, 2012

      Thanks and welcome, Jordan! Let me know when you see stuff you like (or don’t like!) here, or if something pops into your head you’d like to see…

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