2nd Annual Kitchen Reveal

December 1st, 2010

It is good to be home in Florida again.  It is also good to be presenting to you the Second Annual Kitchen Reveal.  Last year I decided to challenge other food bloggers to show us their kitchens because I was curious about where all of them made their magic.  You can view all of the kitchens that were showcased last year here.  It is fine to cook and photograph beautiful food, but don’t you also want to know what the kitchens look like where that happens?  So I thank all of you who have taken the time to let us have a peek at your kitchens this year.

My Lake Lure kitchen is on my header so you all know what it looks like.  The pictures I am showing you today are of the Florida kitchen.  The above picture is the island that I added to the space where a kitchen table would have been. We have a table and chairs on the lanai so it seemed redundant to have another table in the kitchen.  This is where I roll pie crusts, prep extra dishes and serve buffet dinners.

My kitchen isn’t large but it is sunny and has a view of the intercoastal canals from the windows.  It is very different from the warm colors that I have in Lake Lure and because of that I love the difference.

I don’t have room for cookbooks in the kitchen so they are shelved in the bookcases in the living room.  I leave most of my cookbooks in Lake Lure, but for some reason the collection keeps growing here.  Can’t help myself.

But this is supposed to be about all of us.  You have shared more than your kitchens by participating in the Kitchen Reveal.  You have shared a piece of yourselves and I have a feeling that we have all benefited from your generosity.  I loved visiting Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian but I am just as happy to be visiting the kitchens of like-minded food enthusiasts like all of you.  Thank you for welcoming us into your kitchens.  Please click on the links to the names of the blogs to see more of the beautiful kitchens presented below.

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Stephanie of Adventures in Contesting was actually featured in A&E’s Sell this House.  She is serious about competing in food contests and cooks lots of interesting dishes.  I am glad to have found her blog.  She has gotten over the staging mentality and now has a warm family kitchen.

Susan of Schnitzel and The Trout showed us her lovely kitchen which is also in Florida.  I admire her love of cooking and her husband, “The Trout” who is just as enthusiastic as she is about their culinary accomplishments.  Her kitchen is bright and sunny.

Karen of Karen Cooks  sent pictures of her very functional and organized kitchen.  I love the turquoise cabinets that she has for extra storage.  It kind of reminds my of the cabinets in Julia Child’s kitchen.  I love her gas stove too. 

Larry of Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings and his wife Bev remodeled their kitchen so that it functioned better for them.  They have a beautiful 6 burner stove and lots of room for all of their different tasks from baking to canning.  Great kitchen design.

Robin Sue of Big Red Kitchen shared her famous red kitchen with us.  It is great to see more of this beautiful space.  Not only does she have a special chocolate cabinet and a chinning bar but she gives us the exact shade of Sherwin Williams red paint that she used.

Barbara of Moveable Feasts posted her beautiful kitchen with a Caribbean flair.  She has an interesting tale to tell about some of the artwork that she purchased in St. Lucia.  This is a great remodel.

Bonnie of City Home/Country Home shared her renovated kitchen in her 1865 limestone farmhouse.  I love her soapstone island and her Viking range.  She has all of the modern conveniences in an authentic looking period kitchen.

Dave of My Year on the Grill just installed new granite countertops and added an island to his kitchen.  His kitchen reflects his witty personality from the snooty wine butler to his wife Jackie’s funny cartoon.  But make no mistake;  Dave is a serious and dedicated cook.

Mrs. Blocko of Tomatoes for Apples posted about her kitchen remodel.  She had very little counterspace before but with a little ingenuity she was able to add a peninsula and a pantry with much more space to store her bulk purchases.  The cabinets went from dark brown to a warm honey.

Lara of Lara’s Kitchen posted about her warm kitchen.  I love the Christmas decorations and the closed and open upper cabinets.  Makes me want to come on in and enjoy a special champagne and cranberry drink for the holidays.  She even gives us the recipe.

Pondside has posted more than images of her pondside cottage that she shares with her husband, The Great Dane.  She has shared memories of all the kitchens in which she has dwelled in a life of travel.  Sit back for a good read.

I will continue to add more links as the day progresses and you get your posts up.  It is not too late to join the fun.  Just let me know that you are posting your kitchen and I will include it here.  Even if you can’t post until tomorrow, that is fine!  I am having fun with this.

Thank you everyone.  This has been inspiring and a truly worthwhile experience.

21 responses to “2nd Annual Kitchen Reveal”

  1. Barbara says:

    Love this idea, Penny. I posted yesterday….

  2. Donnie says:

    I really enjoyed seeing their spaces Penny. Looking forward to more to come. Have a great day.

  3. Pondside says:

    Hi Penny – I’m going to be a late joiner – off to work, but will link later, when I get home. I hope that’s okay!

  4. My kitchen hasn’t changed since last year, but I am loving looking at all of these great kitchen!
    Hugs,
    Penny

  5. Big Dude says:

    Penny – Thanks for arranging this and including me. Both of your kichens are just way to neat and I always enjoy seeing your header shot.

  6. Penny says:

    Hey Larry, Believe me, my kitchens are never that neat. Thanks for participating. Love your kitchen.
    Pondside, Join in the fun anytime you want to. Looking forward to seeing your kitchen.
    Barbara, Love your kitchen and the St. Lucia connection
    Donnie, Glad you are enjoying this as much as I am. Stay warm today. Florida is Brrrr!
    Penny, Glad you got to spend a warm week in Florida. Miss you.

  7. Big Dude says:

    Now that I’ve visited the other kitchens and enjoyed seeing them, I think the best part of this event for me,is visiting blogs I’ve never been to.

  8. Bonnie says:

    Penny, I love seeing the differences in your two kitchens. It’s so fun to see how other people organize and arrange their tools and appliances.

  9. Rita says:

    That ws so interesting to see what everey one has done with their kitchem. I would love to join, but not sure if wiil get a chance, but will try.
    Rita

  10. I really enjoyed these pictures, Penny. I’d post but both kitchens are under renovation. Hopefully next year!

    XO,
    Jane

  11. Penny, thank you so much – this was a great idea! So much fun!!!

  12. P.S. Penny you are welcome to drop by my kitchen anytime for a drink! I would be honored!!! Lara

  13. FOODalogue says:

    What fun to see all the kitchens – they’re all so nice.

  14. Karen says:

    This is so much fun! I’m already thinking of changes to my kitchen so it will be a little different next year 🙂 Thanks for doing this Penny – I love peeking into everyone’s kitchens!

  15. Barbara says:

    Such fun Penny. And what’s best is we get to meet some new bloggers!

  16. Penny, I love your idea, when i visiting friends, kitchen is always the place i wanted them to show me, hehehe..Maybe I should consider to organize a similar event for Asian bloggers here.

  17. Sippity Sup says:

    How fun. I wish I had participated. But just heard about from Karen. GREG

  18. love your kitchen! Bravo, it looks absolutely fabulous.

  19. This is amazing!! I love the kitchen and every detail., thanks for sharing

  20. Nice Blog , This is what I exactly Looking for , Keep sharing more blog.

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