Hatton House Diaries

One day, we decided to buy a 125 year old Victorian House in Des Moines, Iowa…….

Now We’re Cooking With Gas March 15, 2013

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imageNow that the new Thermador is hooked up, it was time to do some serious cooking. I’m not sure I’ll ever be coordinated enough to use the griddle, six burners, and two ovens all at the same time, but I was pretty excited about getting homemade sauce, pasta, cookies, and cheddar scones all going at the same time in our first full dinner prepared on the new range.

And yes, the food made in your dream oven DOES taste better!

 

New Oven: Inaugurated February 18, 2013

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Our daughter got the honors, with chocolate chip cookies.

 

Oh Hello Lover! The New Range Comes Home February 17, 2013

imageThe kitchen remodel continues, and today we hit a major milestone: the delivery of my forever stove: The Thermador 48″ Pro Harmony. We bought it after looking for months at several different appliance companies and falling in love with the Thermador star burners (no, they haven’t sponsored my blog, but I still need a refrigerator, Thermador PR!) The star burners are over a porcelain easy-clean surface, the oven racks slide out on casters, and all the controls just feel amazing.

Installing this gorgeous machine took nearly all day, so by the time it was hooked up at 7:30 PM, we really only had energy to make scrambled backyard chicken eggs, but that was enough to learn that these burners heat significantly faster than our previous stove. Nothing burned, and they really were the best eggs ever. We’ll try to bake something a little more worthy of this stove’s inaugural run tomorrow, as well as posting some back-story as to how we got the gas line in place and the stove into the house.

 

Help Design Our New Kitchen Island! February 7, 2013

We’ve got a fully functioning kitchen. It was almost everything we could want: plenty of storage, big fridge, soon-to-be dream range, dishwasher, big eat in space. What it doesn’t have is a permanent island, and since we want a prep sink, we’re going to get one. What I’m having trouble with is, what do you put in a center island in a kitchen that has almost everything?

I got thinking about this while reading The Kitchn’s 10 Easy, Low-Budget Ways to Improve Any Kitchen, because I like idea #6 for pull out shelves. We don’t really have a pantry, so those look like good alternative food storage sites. But I want to hear your ideas. What do you love most about your kitchen (or your friend’s, or the display model at the design center). What do you wish you had?

The potential real estate: around 6.5′ by 3.5′. It must include a prep sink. We want to know: if you were designing your dream kitchen, what “extras” would you add in a new center island?