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Archive for October, 2012

Oct-9-12

KBC Kitchen Design

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KBC Kitchen Design:

A well designed KBC kitchen should help your family adhere to Jewish dietary laws with comfort, elegance and style. Unfortunately, all too often “KBC kitchen design” is little more than dividing different sets of utensils, pots and pans.

While our approach to designing a KBC kitchen varies only subtly from our normal process, there are some unique challenges and potential pitfalls to be recognized. Our experience designing over 200 KBC kitchens throughout Chicago including Highland Park, Deerfield, Skokie, Peterson Park, and Lincolnwood helps us to ask the right questions, have access to specialized vendors, and to employ unique solutions that will ultimately meet your unique needs.

For example, a number of manufacturers are producing appliances that have a “Sabbath Mode” to use during the Sabbath and on Yom Tov. Ovens with a Sabbath feature allow a meal to be started prior to the Sabbath for consumption the next day without worry of the oven shutting itself off after 12 hours. The choice of counter surfaces can also be tricky. Granite and marble can be koshered depending on the sealant used, while some rabbinical authorities believe that composites that contain granite cannot be kashered.

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Oct-9-12

Apartment Kitchen

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Apartment Kitchen

An editor’s tiny apartment still manages big style. The original outmoded cabinetry is turned modern: The cabinet doors were removed and then painted white. The backs of the shelves were painted the same blue as the walls. Removing the doors made the kitchen feel more open. Food is stored in the white canisters on the shelves and the large storage boxes above hold platters and holiday decorations.

Kitchen Whites

To achieve a feeling of openness, the owner of this Chicago townhouse washed the kitchen in a clean, pale palette.

Oct-9-12

Kitchen Stoveside Organizer

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Stoveside Organizer

Whether you use one crock or several, it’s wise to have essential tools in arm’s reach when you’re at the stove. Martha keeps ladles, whisks, pastry brushes, wooden spoons, and flexible spatulas in separate containers.

Rolling Cart

A cart provides storage where you need it. Martha usually parks this stainless steel one, with tools for cooking, by her range. A small freestanding island on wheels can serve the same purpose and is especially useful in a tight kitchen; it provides a work surface and a casual sideboard. “By adding a custom-cut marble top, a rolling cart can also be used as a bar when entertaining,” Martha says.

Also on the rolling cart: Martha’s mise en place — ramekins of various salts and often-used spices. A pinch is easier to gauge with fingers or a spoon than it is with a shaker.

Oct-9-12

Kitchen Bins

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Kitchen Bins

Large metal bins for garbage and recyclables sit at each end of the island (food scraps go into smaller pails for composting). Though the trend is to have pull-out bins behind cabinet doors, these are easier and cleaner to use: Step on the pedal to open. Similar trash cans.

Step Ladder

Keep a stepladder in the kitchen — if you’ve maximized your space, you’ll need one for reaching the highest shelves.

Oct-9-12

Warm and Cozy Kitchen

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Warm and Cozy Kitchen

This Santa Barbara, California, home’s kitchen fireplace is a magnet for everyone in the house, including the family dog.

Oct-9-12

Kitchen Faucet

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Kitchen Faucet

High gooseneck faucets make it easy to fill large pots and vases and to maneuver things in and out of the sink. Use a small tray to keep hand soap and lotions ready.