Kitchen Inspiration

Yesterday, I was doing a little eavesdropping on Chowhound. The topic du jour was, “What are your top 5 favorite kitchen tools?” Lots of comments were pouring in with things like:
My knife set…My Le Creuset Dutch oven {On my personal wish/covet list!}…My coffee maker…My granite counter tops…
You get the picture. The comments were all about “functional” items that make cooking easier.

Now, I will definitely agree that these “functional” items are of key importance in the kitchen if you want to prepare healthy, delicious meals, but they are not THE most  important things in a kitchen.  No, to me, the most important things in a kitchen are the things that make me happy, and content, and inspired to hang out in the kitchen and cook for my family and friends. These are the “pretty” things .  And, the things that memories are made of.  These are the things, tangible and intangible, that are the heart and soul of the kitchen.

These are the things I want to share with you…

Hanging pendant lights over the kitchen island {Per building code, most of the lights in our kitchen are fluorescent, but I LOVE these pendant lights that add a touch of Moroccan design to the kitchen.}

Crate and Barrel wine rack {Yes, there is a story that goes with this.  Ian, my husband, had just purchased this right before our first date over 13 years ago.  He lured me to his apartment on that first date with this line “So, you want to come over to my place and see my wine rack?”  One of his best men at our wedding repeated the story in his toast.  It is a classic, and we will NEVER EVER get rid of this wine rack!}

Photo hanging on the wall in the kitchen of Lake Geneva in Montreaux, Switzerland {This is where my husband proposed, on a bench, around 5 am, near a castle. TRUE inspiration!}

Hand painted ceramic utensil holder {My friend and I went to a ceramic cafe over 15 years ago.  She finished her piece in about 20 minutes, waited patiently for me to finish mine, went to get a cup of coffee, and returned 20 minutes later, only to find me still at work. The handle has been broken off and glued back on at least once, and the piece has held my kitchen utensils in 6 different kitchens.  It inspires me to slow down and not rush through things, and helps remind me that some of the most worthwhile things in life take time to achieve.

The view {The main view from the kitchen is of my neighbors backyard-HO HUM. But at one end of my kitchen there is a view looking east to the mountains in San Diego.  Today I was lucky to get a rare shot of them topped in snow. This is the view I see when I sit at the island in the afternoon sun reading a magazine or cookbook.  It is the view my children see when they do their homework.  It is the view I get to enjoy with my family and friends when we sit at the island eating…drinking… conversing…And, it is the view that makes me happy my house is upside down with my kitchen on the second floor!}

For more kitchen inspiration, be sure and visit Sylvie at one of my favorite blogs, Gourmande in the Kitchen.

What inspires you in YOUR in the kitchen???

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  1. I love the view. My kitchen faces the neighbor, but my front view is a field with cows and the hills and forrest behind and off to the other side is a view clear to the ocean, and I love it. I wish there was something in my kitchen as inspirational on that level as your stuff but much of our stuff is back in the US in storage as we are on restricted weight at this overseas base. We live off base, but have a tiny kitchen. I think my fave thing in the kitchen is my bread machine. Dough will not rise on the counter (too humid and temp is crazy in local housing-not heat or a/c) so I have found it comes in handy here, plus super convenient.

    • There are so many great/different views! We lived in Dallas for awhile, and we had a view of cows and a field too (from our bedroom). It was very soothing. As for the bread machine, I have one of those, but have rarely used it. Glad to hear you get good use out of yours! Maybe I’ll have to dust mine off and try it out 🙂

  2. wow lovely post and great story about the wine rack 😉
    Travel inspires me when I get home I am eager to cook new recipes

    love Rebecca

    • The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Rebecca! Yes, the wine rack is pretty special 🙂 I think you have a big trip coming up soon to Australia? Can’t wait to read your Aussie inspired posts/recipes when you return!

  3. What a great piece (and I don’t mean the wine rack). While I love a good kitchen gizmo, there are things I love more. Above our kitchen table is a colorful painting by a New Orleans artist. Our house is very neutral and that painting isn’t. My husband and I met in New Orleans. When I took it to get framed, the framer, in his French accent (knowing it was going in the kitchen) said “you’re going to have a happy kitchen.” It is a happy kitchen but I don’t get to look at the mountains.

    • The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Lauren! That’s a great story about your New Orleans painting. A little bit of color can really cheer things up. And a kitchen should always be a happy place!

  4. Well I didn’t wear green, but I ate green, does that count? 🙂 I’ve been adding chia seeds to my meals recently as well, mainly just a sprinkle on top, but I’d like to experiment more with it and find some recipes in which it’s the main ingredient.

  5. What a beautiful view you have out your kitchen window! I am also jealous of your trip to Switzerland. It is my #1 choice vacation spot at the moment since I desperately want to ski the Swiss Alps!

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