Come on in! Sit a spell, I’ll make you a cup of coffee or tea while we chew the fat. I have joined my friend Penny of Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen’s 2nd Annual Kitchen Reveal. Like Penny, I am a nosey gal and like to peek into the windows of others’ homes so I thought maybe y’all would like to see a little more of Big Red Kitchen. Now you will know where I write, cook, and sip my coffee. Welcome!
In the above photo on the left you can see my Wall of Fame, an ever changing wall of photos of friends and family. Designed by me and built by my Father-in-Law, Bob.
When most enter BRK, they look straight up at the 14 foot peaked ceiling, skylights, and wall of windows. I designed my drapes and my Mother-in-Law Mary Lou made them for me. On top of my cupboards you can see my Grandmother, Vincenza’s Turkey Platter. At the peak of the wall you can spy my PA Dutch Hex sign that reads Wilkom, I attended college in PA.
You are all familiar with this shot as it is my header up there on bigredkitchen.com. These items stay out all the time. I call it a working kitchen, others (Ma) may call it a mess. Let me explain some things…
I cook with plenty of olive oil and red wine and always keep plenty on hand. The yellow French pottery holds my Kosher salt, the tiny white crock holds my Herbes de Provence. The wooden “Masher” was my Grandfather Giuseppe’s, I use it to smash fresh garlic. Now on the right of my cooktop…
Here we have the espresso station. That Cobalt Blue- to die for! espresso machine has been going strong for 15 years. I keep the sugar, utensils, and toppings in an acrylic cosmetic holder I found in Target. You can see we really go through the cinnamon, must buy more!
I love to listen to my North Country Wind Bells, the prettiest sound outside Big Red Kitchen.
My table and chairs are hand-me-downs from neighbors. My MIL made the table cloth from a bolt of Waverly that she and I found on deep discount. My FIL covered the chair cushions in the same material. I gave the table that Italian look by topping it with a clear plastic table cover.
Here is my Chocolate Cabinet, filled with all things chocolate and candy making. You can see the boys’ Red Ryder BB Gun next to the cabinet. They have a shooting range out back.
Thanks for visiting Big Red Kitchen. Oh, on your way out, see that pull-up bar above the door in my Dining Room? Yeah, that’s how this girl earns her calories for cooking all this good food. Do a few with me, it will make you feel good.
Thanks Penny! I enjoyed opening Big Red Kitchen for all to see. I can’t wait to see all the other kitchens.
Don’t forget to come back on December 1st, as I have turned BRK into an Advent Calender, something new everyday for 25 days!