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kitchen tour: dessert first/culinary concoctions by peabody

We’ve been at this food blogger kitchen tour for a month now and honestly, I’m amazed at how many people are as excited about snooping around other kitchens as I am. I love seeing brilliant ideas implemented by my peeps. More than anything, I like how this series emphasizes that a food blog is great because of the effort, the creativity, and the personal style of each blogger. It’s not the kitchen that makes the blog, it’s the heart of the blogger(s). [Does this sound like my standard rant that a good camera does not a good photographer make? Just replace camera with kitchen and photographer with cook or food blogger.]

Last week, we ventured about sunny Southern California. This week, I’m taking you north near the heart of San Francisco. Have you ever been? I love it there, but I’ve always been a mere visitor. Today, we’re a guest of my favorite resident of the city!

blog: Dessert First
blogger: Anita
location: San Francisco, California
house: 1920s-ish apartment
kitchen footprint: 80 sq. ft.
photos: all photos of the Dessert First kitchen are courtesy of Anita

When I first became aware of the food blogosphere, one of my regular sources of inspiration was Dessert First. Anita is talented. She creates gorgeous food, teaches baking courses, and is working on her second cookbook right now. All of this from an engineer! Let’s hear it for gear heads! I had the pleasure of being the first stop on her virtual book tour when Field Guide to Cookies came out last year. The woman is not only a class act, but has a heart of gold. You are going to be amazed at what Anita accomplishes in this kitchen.


the entire kitchen of dessert first



I have a new found respect for you, my dear. It’s one thing to create those lovely pastries at all, but it is a whole new level of OMG now that I see the space you work in.

The kitchen in the apartment is about 80 to 90 square feet in an approximately 650 square foot place. Yes, it’s getting quite cramped and my boyfriend and I are looking for a new bigger place! But we’ve managed to make things work pretty well here. In the photo you can see the kitchen from the living room. It’s basically a rectangle, one side lined with cabinets/sink/counters, one side with the stove and refrigerator, one side with windows and a storage rack for my baking equipment, and the fourth side has a table/workspace that divides the kitchen from the living room. There’s not a lot of counter space, and much of it is taken up by appliances. You can see the microwave, my Kitchenaid, food processor, toaster oven, rice cooker. It means I do most of my prep work on the kitchen table.


the stove is nestled between the refrigerator and counter



I could see it getting crowded very quickly in there. When you have people over, do they mill about in the kitchen (as it always seems to happen at every cook’s party)?

I totally don’t mind people in the kitchen while I’m baking, although since the kitchen is so small usually they’re in the living room and I’m talking to them while I work. But again, I like the open plan – it’s something I hope to have in my future place as well.

I know you and Mr. Cutie are looking for a new place right now on top of finishing your second book and agreeing to this kitchen tour (you are a saint, Anita). So… what are you looking for in your next house kitchen?

Ha, does it totally surprise you that the kitchen is one of the first places we look at when house hunting? :) It doesn’t need to be a ginormous gourmet kitchen with four ovens and fifty cabinets (heck, who am I kidding, if I were a millionaire that’s exactly what I’d want!), but I am looking for more usable space just because having adequate space makes it easier to be organized instead of having your stuff piled everywhere. And because Mike and I both like to cook, it would be nice for both of us to fit in the kitchen without constantly bumping elbows. I also really like how our kitchen right now is open to the rest of the apartment, so we’re partial to having our future kitchen open as well – I think it’s much more inviting and better for entertaining. It’s actually been really fun to see all the kitchens while house hunting – there are some really nicely upgraded kitchens out there, and you can tell when some home owner is a foodie when the kitchen is one of the nicest rooms of the place!


storage: a 3-tier shelf and under the kitchen table



Space is at a premium, not just in San Francisco, but in your kitchen! I am quite impressed with how much you have packed in there and put to good use. (I also spy that chocolate tempering machine under your table – oh wow).

All my baking equipment and dishes I’ve collected for my food photography goes on this three-tier storage rack Mike was nice enough to set up for me. You may have also noticed this fish-tank looking thing on top of a small refrigerator. That’s actually Mike’s aquarium – sorry, I’m not growing any cacao pods in there or anything! But having the small second refrigerator is very useful for overflow from the main fridge. Underneath the kitchen table I’ve stored some of my bigger equipment, like my ice cream maker and chocolate tempering machine, that don’t fit anywhere else.


dishes in cabinets and on shelves



Most of the “basic” kitchen stuff like plates, bowls, cups, etc. go in the cabinets. Strangely enough, although we don’t have a ton of cabinets it actually makes it harder to keep track of what’s in the pantry – mostly because we end up cramming cabinets as full as possible so then we can’t find anything. So I *know* in my mind what I have, it’s just that sometimes I can’t find it and I end up taking apart the whole cabinet to find it’s slipped into a corner somewhere! There’s usually a ton of chocolate, nuts, a lot of random spices and teas, and oh, way too many kinds of sugar and flour.

some pretty sweet cookbooks



What do you love most about your kitchen?

One of my favorite things about the apartment and kitchen is the natural light. Since there is a sliding glass door on one side (west side) of the kitchen, it gets a lot of beautiful natural light, making it easy for me to do photography in the kitchen. I also included a photo of the view from our balcony off our living room to the north, of San Francisco and the bay.


looking out from the balcony



How much time do you spend in the kitchen?

I’m in the kitchen as often as I can – it’s where all my ideas come to life. Because the kitchen has to be so multipurpose – I bake and photograph pretty much in the same space, it’s really forced me to be as clean and organized as possible. I do dishes OFTEN because once they pile up, they take over the kitchen. I clean up as I bake or cook, since it helps keep more space available. However, whenever I photograph the food, the rest of the apartment turns into a mess because all my props, dirty dishes, etc get moved out of the way. Does that happen to you? [You bet, it's ridiculous, really...] I do all photography on the kitchen table. I’ll look up from a photo shoot and find that the living room is covered in different color backgrounds, plates I didn’t use, things I had to move out of the way. I think it would be nice if in my next place there was enough room to set up a separate studio space, so I didn’t have to move everything around to take a photo.

There’s a photo of the table with some of my collection of backgrounds I use, along with my tripod. I love my tripod, by the way. Don’t know how I did without it.


the staging area



Anita, thank you so much for letting all of us cram into your kitchen to see where your fabulous sweets and treats are created with equal parts love and genius. Best of luck on the house hunting and the book and everything else going on this year! :)

hard to say which is sweeter, the cupcakes or anita? (i think anita!)



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I must say, of all the food bloggers on this kitchen tour, I don’t think *anyone* is as tough as my girl, Peabody. She plays HOCKEY, folks. The word badass comes to mind. I wouldn’t want her any other way because she says what she thinks, she doesn’t pull her punches, she makes me laugh, and she lives by her rules.

blogs: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody and Northwest Noshings
blogger: Peabody!
location: a quiet little suburb north of beautiful Seattle, Washington
house: 1.5 year old house (my first house ever and I am still in love with it)
kitchen footprint: I don’t actually know, I just know it is half of the downstairs
photos: all photos of the Culinary Concoctions by Peabody (and Northwest Noshings) kitchen are courtesy of Peabody

In case you don’t follow Peabody’s blog(s), she had a miserable abscessed tooth a few weeks ago. Her kitchen was slated to go up last week and she was actually going to try to take the pictures and write up her tour while she felt absolutely horrible! What a trooper. Thankfully, Todd and Diane swapped places with her so she could get a root canal (ouch!) and recover. Really good people all around, don’t you think? Let’s step inside…

Welcome to my kitchen! I had planned on cleaning it spic and span but if you are a reader of my blog then you know it’s not my style. The wider shots of my kitchen were taken a while ago so some things are missing but there was better light in those pictures so I went with them.


hmmm peabody, i’d say the square footage is… huge!



I like that little piggy and I see a hen on the counter.

The pig is Henry. He is there to mess with my dog’s mind. I have a lot of chickens if you look closely. I have a chicken thing…but not roosters, only chickens.

You tell me that you easily spend 5-6 hours a day in your kitchen. I could plop a bed in there and spend many many hours in that lovely kitchen. Tell me what you love about it.

Everything. Seriously. We chose our house because of the kitchen. We were looking for smaller homes (around 1600-1800sq ft) as we are not having children and the idea of having to clean a large house was not something I wanted. But sadly all of the homes we looked at had really tiny kitchens. We walked into the model (we had NO plans to buy a house for another 6-8 months we were just checking out neighborhoods) and I saw that kitchen. I went over and hugged the kitchen island. My husband looked at me and knew that this was the house.

Love at first sight :)


i’d hug that island too



This is a very nice party kitchen, as in it’s a great place to prep food while having enough space for guests to hang out without risking injury.

I am fine with people in there talking away while I cook. If I could evict my dog I would. She is always trolling for food and is always trying to trip me!

Yeah, I see her checking the status of your floors in that picture. I’m sure she just wants to keep things tidy :) What about the bunny? Do you let her have free run in the kitchen?

No! LFB (Little Fuzzy Bunny) likes to dig. Rabbit nails versus my hardwood floors would not bode well.

Is that a wine fridge on your counter?

That is a wine fridge, though sadly after many years it is dying. I am not sure if we are going to replace it or not…I kind of want the extra counter space.


residents of the cupboards



What is it about cooking and baking that you love so much?

It feeds my soul. Baking provides me with a sense of calmness and accomplishment (except when something fails, then there is a lot of swearing). My mother is an excellent cook and so in some ways I feel it is hereditary.

Have a favorite kitchen appliance?

Kitchen Aid mixer. I own two and really, I could easily own and use three of them. Also a big fan of the nutmeg grinder since it is my favorite spice and I use it a ton! I have a small obsession with kitchen towels as well. Right now, since it is getting close to Easter I have this cute little bunny.


fridge business : bunny towel



Is this your dream kitchen?

Dream, no. That is in some magazine in Cottage Living. BUT yes, for who I am and the life I lead this is SOOO my dream kitchen. It truly is my happy place.

[Awesome!]

People always ask me what are my most used cookbooks. Well, there they are, sitting out, and yes, you do see a healthy cookbook in there!

Hey, I have Sherry Yard’s TSB on my desk right now too!


take note: peabody’s most used cookbooks



I asked Peabody for a picture of CCS (Crazy Cocker Spaniel) and LFB, as they make guest appearances on her blog from time to time. Furry companions add that touch of unpredictability in the kitchen that cooks always love! At least, I know Kaweah does.

guardians of the kitchen



Where do you shoot your blog photos?

99% of my shooting is done in the dining room. I have a whole set up there. We never really eat at the table because of all my crap, unless guests come, then I clean it off. During the winter months it is too dark most of the time and so I have switched to using lights, which I never thought I would do. But I really like them and they are a lifesaver since I actually do a lot of my baking late at night and can’t wait around for another 8 hours or so for daylight to peek its head.


the night owl’s setup : don’t mess with peabody



I was also going to get dressed up for my photo but then thought, this is what I look like on a Sunday afternoon, so I went with that.

Right on, lady. We love you more in your hockey jersey than that old sequin evening gown anyway! Thank you for welcoming us into your kitchen, especially after feeling under the weather. I hope you’re right as rain in no time and back to kicking butt on the ice.

Next Thursday is the final installment of this series! Be sure to tune in because I promise it will be another pair of awesome bloggers. Thank you for your enthusiasm and I hope you will leave a comment to let Anita and Peabody know how much we appreciate their sharing of their home kitchens. Be good!

previous kitchens
week 1: use real butter & supplemental
week 2: winos and foodies & figs, lavender, and cheese
week 3: eggs on sunday & sunday nite dinner
week 4: alosha’s kitchen & white on rice couple

65 nibbles at “kitchen tour: dessert first/culinary concoctions by peabody”

  1. Anita says:

    Jen,

    I never thought my kitchen would be immortalized on the web…and you’ve made sure it looks about 100x more gorgeous than it usually does when it’s covered in sugar and chocolate! This was so fun – thank you so much for letting me participate! YOU are my inspiration!

    XOXO
    Anita

  2. Tartelette says:

    Awesome indeed! Thumbs up to Anita for creating such deliciousness on such a small space!
    Loved to see Pea’s loevely self after the hard toothy week she’s had…
    Am I the only one with pets who stay out of the kitchen? Are they scared to get splattered in caramel?
    Another great episode in the series!

  3. peabody says:

    Holy cow Anita! I bow down to you. I am in awe of all the delightful things you can make in such a small space. I need to hire you to come organize my kitchen, yours is so efficent.
    Thanks for this Jen it was super fun.
    Perhaps the key to keeping to dog out is Helen’s suggestion of splattered caramel. She usually is covered in flour if I am baking that day. :)

  4. Julie says:

    Thanks for featuring Peabody! Her blog is a must read full of great humor and amazingly yummy recipes!

  5. Rosa says:

    It’s great to see their kitchens… I’m jealous of Anita’s view and of Peabody’s space!

    cheers,

    Rosa

  6. Nirmala says:

    Lovely! I am reading all of this series and I am in love with all of the kitchens! I am a fan of peabody and Anita since 2 years and it was wonderful to see them and their kitchen!

  7. joanne at frutto della passione says:

    Really enjoying the tour and it’s giving me great ideas for the kitchen in our not yet built but already being paid for condo. I’m making careful notes and plans – the timing has been perfect. Can’t wait to see more.

  8. Mrs Erg├╝l says:

    Look at that! Before I get all too excited, thanks Jen for bringing us to others’ kitchens! Thanks Anita for showing one can still do so much in a restricted space. Thanks peabody for showcasing a kitchen that looks like it popped out from a magazine cover!

    My kitchen is about the same size as that of Anita’s. So I can totally understand the frustrations one can have working under space constraints! On the other hand, peabody’s kitchen has so much storage and counter space on top of floor space! (literally on top!) This is just brilliant!

    I’m gonna miss this series after next week!

  9. Maja says:

    I want i want i want! Kitchen aidS … khm, that doesn’t sound right … kitchen aid mixerS, plural! I have none, so one would be good, but plural … dream come true! And i love the white in Anita’s kitchen, i’m totally convinced that it work best for small kitchens, my kitchen is also white. ;)
    More kitchen touring, please, Jen, i’m sure you can get some other bloggers to open their doors to our noisy bunch! :)

  10. Amy says:

    I think it’s fantastic to see how Anita works in that small space…and I love her little pink canister! All the wood in Peabody’s kitchen gives it such a nice warm glow. Love the cute cocker spaniel and little furry bunny, too!

    It’s funny to me to see how we food bloggers all seem to have a collection of white plates…that said, it’s neat to see a few pops of color here and there, too (I love Anita’s bowls/platters and Peabody’s polka dot bowl!)

  11. LizzieBee says:

    I have so enjoyed seeing all these kitchens!! Seriously, this has been just brilliant :)

  12. Kristin says:

    Please say it really isn’t ending so soon! Anita: Wow…I’m amazed & humbled that you do what you do in such a small space. Peabody: Sigh, drool. Both of you: Great books! I am going to try to stay away from bookstores in the next few days.

  13. Caitlin says:

    Oh fabulous – I’m so glad I’m not the only one who stores kitchen appliances under tables. My crockpot and ice cream maker are under a side table, and everybody looks at me funny when they see that. And I’m pretty sure I’d hug that island too. Love at first sight.

  14. Janet says:

    I’ve really enjoying getting to peek in at these kitchens. What a great idea. Only one more week, boo. Maybe you’ll do it again some time?
    Thanks!

  15. Stacey Snacks says:

    Jen,
    I am loving this kitchen tour series……instead of bugging you with my bad photography, you inspired me to put a “kitchen tour” of my own quirky kitchen on my blog on Saturday 4/4.
    I am referencing this series on Use Real Butter.
    Thanks for hosting this fantastic look into blogger’s kitchens!
    Stacey Snacks

  16. Mollie says:

    Yeah, I’m gonna run right over and hug Peabody’s island too! Love it!

    Thanks, ladies, for sharing your kitchens. It really is about the people and not the space… or maybe it’s about what the people DO with the space. If your heart says you need to bake and cook, you find a way! Just love it and thanks for sharing your kitchens!

  17. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Space is wonderful but it’s the person who gives it life and you see that in both of these kitchens. These are both really passionate foodies and it always shines through on their blogs. Thank you all – Pea, Anita, and you Jen. This is a great run.

  18. Rashmi says:

    I just love this kitchen series…Ladies thank a lot for giving a peek into your kitchens….just love love them…

  19. Amy says:

    Wow, I love these kitchen tours… I’m already sad that next week is the last installment.

    Awesome ladies with two very different kitchens. Love it!

  20. Kelly says:

    I have just loved “snooping” in all of these wonderful kitchens. I’m in awe of the creations that Anita can make and photograph in her small, but efficient space. And I’m drooling over her tempering machine! Peabody’s island is to die for. That’s the one thing that I feel is missing in my kitchen to maximize function and allow people to congregate while I bake. I’ve now started designing my perfect kitchen in my mind while also appreciating more what I currently have. What a great series Jen.

  21. Jayme Duke says:

    It makes me really happy to see Anita’s tiny kitchen and electric stove! It just goes to show that one doesn’t need a gourmet kitchen to create incredible things!

    Peabody, I love your attitude. And your kitchen.

    Who else is reeeeally hoping that next week it’s Tartelette and Canelle et Vanille?!?

  22. Jennifer says:

    Wow Peabody’s kitchen is enormous! (And I love the view of Coit tower from Anita’s window!) I like that these two kitchens got posted the same week. It shows that kitchen accomplishments have little to do with the kitchen – and everything to do with the person IN the kitchen.

  23. Abby says:

    I love Peabody’s kitchen, and being a suburban type of gal we also have lots of space and I adore it.

    But I am always BLOWN AWAY by apartment living and the amazing things those bakers come up with. Always.

  24. Kate says:

    I’m really loving this feature, although MAN I am envious of Peabody’s kitchen!

  25. Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Just found your blog (through Noble Pig’s) what a fun idea to feature kitchens- I LOVE looking at other people’s spaces. And also seeing their faces!

  26. Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    oops, not Noble Pig…I meant to say Peabody!

  27. evenlyn says:

    Hi Jen,
    Is time again to say thanks for bringing in the kitchen tour !!! I have been quietly diving your blog everyday and you all just inspire me to bake. I make my 1st cheesecake but was a failure. :( Anyway, I will not give up. Many thanks again !!!!

  28. jen says:

    Jen, I love this series ’cause I’m such a kitchen geek. Anita, you truly do magnificent things in the space you have WOW! Peabody, I can see why your recipes are so spectacular, your beautiful kitchen must be the inspiration.

  29. Clover says:

    LOVE seeing other people’s kitchens! I followed Peabody here from her blog. It was great to see the first kitchen, because it is almost as tiny as mine! And Peabody has my blue Kitchen-Aid mixer– love that thing! I love seeing how other people arrange their kitchens. Now that I found *this* site, I might have to check back often… As a diary farmer’s daughter and baking freak, I love the name of your site, as well!

  30. Jane M says:

    I love seeing other people’s kitchens too! How do you get the kitchens you show on your site? It’s all very inspiring to me! Just LOVE IT! Thanks!

  31. Christina says:

    I love your kitchen tour series. I like to view kitchens & drool over them. :) Thanks for sharing!

  32. JessW says:

    I could live happily in Peabody’s kitchen! :) I am also sad that next week is the last week, I have loved these so much ~ thank you!

  33. Margie says:

    Again, a wonderful, wonderful treat, Jenzie. I love how each and every one of your guests has welcomed us into their retreat.

    Anita, I’m beyond that word: amazed. I’m so in awe with what you do in that tiny, little space. I could really relate to your comment about using the table as a work area….been there, done that! Kudos to you and congratulations on your second book! SWEET! ;)

    Peabody, GIVE ME THAT KITCHEN, THAT’S AN ORDER! (While your at it, let me have the dog and the bunny, too!) Seriously, that is SOME SERIOUS workspace you’ve got going on there. Thanks for letting us visit. I do hope you are feeling much, much better.

  34. Kathy says:

    Anita: I’ll never know your true secret to making food looks so great, but you’ve got the talent. I love your book, by the way. I only wish I lived closer so I could meet you in person.

    Peabody: your kitchen is wonderful, and I like your creativity in setting up your lighting needs. Why is it that our dogs/cats always nosy around when we’re busy in the kitchen?

    Jen: As usual, you are one awesome foodie. Thanks for the work that it takes to make this happen!

  35. Memoria says:

    Nooo, I don’t want the tour to end!!! :D Thanks for these tours!!

  36. Ashley says:

    Ooo awesome post!! I’m loving seeing in people’s kitchens. =) Now I have to go check out all the others.

  37. Melynda says:

    great series! enjoying it very much.

  38. Macie says:

    I just love these posts! I’m curious where peabody purchased her lighting set up? I’d sure love to have something similar.

  39. cindy says:

    way to go anita! jeez, i had a kitchen that looked oddly similar and i did close to zero cooking in it…it was depressing, so kudos for that! and peabody’s kitchen is fantastic! i would hug that island too! and, of course i love to see pictures of the little fuzzy guys.

    jen, this kitchen series could not be more exciting…you are awesome for doing this!

  40. charlane says:

    wonderful visits!

  41. Y says:

    Love both kitchens! Would personally love to have something along the size of Peabody, but in reality, it’s more like the space Anita works with. Especially like Henry, in Peabody’s kitchen, and that ‘chicken thing’ she has going on! :D

  42. Chez US says:

    Anita – We can completely relate, our kitchen is no more than 20 sq. ft & one must become very creative with space. I guess you could say we are minimalists.

    Peabody – Damn you girl, you have our dream kitchen .. BIG BIG BIG = space space space. I’d kill for just more counter space!

    Jen – great piece. I am loving these kitchen tours, very fun!!!

    xxx oo

    Denise

  43. Ninette says:

    What a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing.

  44. LilSis says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these kitchens with us! I love seeing where these amazing women do their cooking and their photography. I’ve been reading both of Peabodys’ blogs for some time and I am always amazed with her photos. So fun to see her kitchen! I’m glad to find Dessert First also. It’s really impressive to see what she can do in that size of a kitchen. I guess space isn’t everything. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

  45. Andrea says:

    I totally agree about the kitchen does not make the cook comment you made in the begining. I love the show House Hunters on HGTV but I always get annoyed when someone walkes into a huge kitchen with granite and stainelss steel and they’re like “oh, I would definitly cook more often if I has THIS kitchen” I always yell at the screen (really effective I know) because someone who loves to cook will do it anywhere they can, even over one propane burner in the back country right?!
    Thanks so much for the kitchen tours! I have really been enjoying them!

  46. Tracy says:

    Awesome kitchens. One is compact and inspiring for its efficient use of space and the other is a gleaming temple of food preparation. I love how the dog matches the light wood finish.

  47. Emmy says:

    Anita, your kitchen is making me feel lazy because right now I’m putting off cooking due to the massive pile of dishes in my equally tiny kitchen! And I have to ask, are those cupcakes in your photo from Miette? I would know that old-fashioned cake anywhere! (because I am secretly 12, and it looks like a boob. Also, Miette was my first baking job and I must have affixed like 1200 boston baked beans in my time there.)

    Thank you both for sharing your awesome kitchens! This series is becoming my new favorite thing…I think I check URB like every other day for updates. Yay!

  48. barbara says:

    Another great tour Jen. Love Peabody’s chooks. But now I want a pig for my kitchen. Anita is amazing to be able to produce such wonderful creations in such a small area.

  49. bee says:

    this is such a cool series, jen. thank you.

  50. flfarmgirl says:

    I loved visiting the kitchens of my favorite foodies. Thank you for inviting us along on the tour!

  51. Jaime says:

    i love seeing everyone’s kitchen!! i can relate to anita… and i would love to have a kitchen like peabody’s!!!

  52. Maria says:

    SO FUN! I loved seeing both kitchens. I love both of their blogs!! Great post!!

  53. Julie says:

    Wow, what a fantastic idea for a series! Brilliant. I love taking a peek into other peoples’ kitchens and putting faces to blogs. Thanks!!

  54. latifa says:

    love the post. more on bloggers please!

  55. RecipeGirl says:

    I’m lovin’ all of the kitchen tours!!

  56. veron says:

    Oooh…love all these kitchen tours. It’s amazing how each has its own personality!

  57. jenyu says:

    Anita – hmm, covered in chocolate would have been interesting to see too! :) I’m so glad you agreed to be part of the series! Thanks for doing this and thanks for being so awesome.

    Tartelette – wow, your pets stay out of the kitchen? I am really jealous now!

    Peabody – Thank YOU hon. I’m so glad we could get you after your drugs and root canal. Stay healthy, sweetie. Really glad you could be a part of this with your badass self ;)

    Julie – she’s awesome, isn’t she?

    Rosa – yes, two fabulous bakers with totally different kitchens!

    Nirmala – that’s wonderful and thanks for dropping by :)

    Joanne – hurray! I hope yours will be a fantastic dream kitchen.

    Mrs. E – thanks sweetie. There is much to be learned from all of these kitchens and more so from all of these great bloggers.

    Maja – well, hang on to your seat, we have two more kitchens to go!

    Amy – that bunny is just the cutest thing ;) Yup, each blogger has their own touch and style to things. I think it’s really neat to get to know these bloggers better.

    LizzieBee – thanks and I’m so happy you are enjoying them!

    Kristin – well, a month and a half of these tours and I’m definitely ready for a break ;)

    Caitlin – oh hon, I wouldn’t look at you funny. I’d be like, “hey! I have one of those!” We all need an island to hug.

    Janet – ha ha, we’ll see. Maybe after a few months when I’ve forgotten how much time it takes ;)

    Stacey – You’re welcome and your tour is great!

    Mollie – ;) You’re awesome, lady.

    MyKitchenInHalfCups – thanks, love!

    Rashmi – they’re fun, aren’t they? :)

    Amy – awww, now you’re making me sad too! (except for all of the work going into these, I’d consider extending it!)

    Kelley – Anita’s amazing. Peabody rocks. Love those two!

    Jayme – absolutely – Anita and Peabody are terrific bakers. Just wait until the next installment ;)

    Jennifer – right on the nose, hon!

    Abby – I have to give apartment cooks and bakers lots of cred, they really know how to make due. That said, I could easily move into Peabody’s kitchen!

    Kate – hee hee, me too!

    Sara – nice little peek into a few of my favorite bloggers :)

    Evenlyn – thanks and keep trying, you’ll get that cheesecake!

    Jen – really glad you’re enjoying it and definitely stay tuned this week for the last installment.

    Clover – mmm, dairy :) Peabody’s readers are *always* welcome here ;)

    Jane – Well, it requires a lot of logistical work and the cooperation of these very wonderful, but very busy bloggers. They provide content that I request and then I edit and then they give feedback until we have a post. The amount of input from me varies from post to post depending on what the bloggers give me.

    Christina – you’re welcome :)

    JessW – thank YOU!

    Margie – glad you’re having a fun on the tour.

    Kathy – thank you, sweetie. And yes, my dog loves to hang around the kitchen when I cook (especially anything with beef).

    Memoria – you’re welcome.

    Ashley – :)

    Melynda – thanks!

    Macie – I think it might be the Lowel EGO lights or some such thing?

    Cindy – I’m so glad you are enjoying the tours :)

    Charlane – thank you.

    Y – ha ha, Peabody’s animals (real and fake) abound in the kitchen ;)

    Chez Us – thanks, sweetie :)

    Ninette – thanks for dropping by.

    LilSis – Absolutely. These two ladies are phenomenal cooks/bakers. It’s incredible what each of them creates.

    Andrea – Yay! It’s good to know there are other kitchen geeks out there besides me!

    Tracy – hee hee! Yes, I think CCS has that camo thing going in the kitchen, no?

    Emmy – My guess is that those cupcakes are from Anita’s own hands. She just taught a cupcake class, afterall ;)

    Barbara – chooks? You always teach me the best terminology, dear. Peabody and Anita both rock :)

    Bee – thanks!

    Flfarmgirl – thank you for dropping by!

    Jaime – who wouldn’t? ;)

    Maria – thank you!

    Julie – yup, it’s a little kitchen time and “getting to know you” :)

    Latifa – one more week!

    RecipeGirl – thanks :)

    Veron – yes, I have to agree. It’s amazing the differences and similarities!

  58. joey says:

    Oh wow! Great post and great series! I just stumbled on this now…I love being able to “peek” into the kitchens of these great bloggers! Thank you…genius series this! :) (I’m off to check our the earlier posts!)

  59. Muneeba says:

    Anita’s kitchen reminds me of my own … errr, except hers is a lot cleaner and more organized! No wonder that her creations look so fantastic. As for Peabody, in a funny way, she looks exactly like I’d imagined her! I’ve made some of her recipes so am obviously a big fan … good to finally see where the magic happens!

  60. Melissa says:

    I forget the space limitations people deal with in SF and NYC. You really make the most of it Anita. I love how you’ve adjusted and still turn out such amazing food. Plus.. the light and the view, nice!

    I have to admit though that of all the kitchens so far, I think I like Peabody’s the best. I am seriously in love. The wood, the space, the light (and HELLO bunny!), the island. It’s a lot of how I picture a kitchen I want. Thanks so much for sharing.

  61. jenyu says:

    Joey – thanks! I’m really glad people are enjoying these as much as I am!

    Muneeba – they’re both great gals who bake up a storm daily.

    Melissa – yup, I forget too sometimes. Those folks work the magic. And yes, Peabody’s got a great kitchen, but I looooove that little bunny and her pup is very cute :)

  62. kellypea says:

    Nice job all of you on these kitchen interviews! I’m trawling backwards and loving every second of it. Anita, your view is amazing. And I’m still smiling at your description of the condition of the rest of the place while you’re shooting. No. Kidding! Peabody — I’m completely jealous of your island. Our place isn’t big enough to have installed one during our remodel, so oh well! And your dining room table sounds like mine.

  63. jenyu says:

    Kellypea – glad you could drop by :)

  64. Lynn @ Cuisinart Food Processor Reviews says:

    Nice kitchens! Enjoyed reviewing your work. I love the little pig. :)

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