After most of the cabinets were installed, and the granite guys, plumber, and electrician all made appearances last week, I was dying to get cooking in the new kitchen. And this weekend I did.
Initially I was worried this small counter area between stove and sink wouldn't give me enough room for prep. And I was right that it is tiny, but it's also really functional.
It actually makes prep totally enjoyable, with food cleaned in the sink, then cut and going right to the stove on the left. Trash goes into the pullout cabinet directly underneath and food scraps go to the sink (with its disposal) on the right, all with no steps needed. So, while counter space is not roomy, the fact that you don't have to move while prepping is actually ideal. Any steps you take to get other items are limited too. Spoons, spatulas, tongs, etc and pots and pans are two steps behind and to the left; the fridge is maybe four steps behind and to the right.
And as soon as the sun comes out and I can get a good picture, I'll show you how the entire kitchen looks now. It's getting there!
In the meantime, here's the recipe I used for the summer corn chowder I made. It still is summer for a few more weeks, and this was so good, I may have to make it again! Enjoy!