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kitchen tour: eggs on sunday/sunday nite dinner

I’m thrilled to see many of you taking interest in the kitchen tour. Thank you for your kind comments and for being so enthusiastic and gracious to my guests. Opening your kitchen up to scrutiny can be a little nerve-wracking. It takes not only guts, but time and effort to present these kitchens – so an extra big thank you to all of the tour participants for doing such a terrific job. Today we continue our tour of food blogger kitchens with a visit to one of my old stomping grounds.

blog: Eggs on Sunday
blogger: Amy
location: Ithaca, NY
house: rented apartment, about 10 years old
kitchen footprint: 116 square feet
photos: all photos of the Eggs on Sunday kitchen are courtesy of Amy

Amy is the cook who makes me feel guilty – she is so good about using local, organic, seasonal foods. I always marveled at the tempting recipes she blogged using the produce that arrived in her weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box. I love those wholesome and healthy dishes almost as much as I love her sweet and cheery disposition. Amy is another food blogging friend of mine who has had cancer. I know you guys are starting to wonder if this is a cancer patient kitchen tour. It is not. It just so happens that some of my favorite food bloggers have been touched (or as I’ve said in the past, punched in the gut) by cancer. That’s not why they are my friends. I am drawn to their positive attitudes, great humor, and genuinely caring personalities. And they kick ass. Amy does her ass kicking in Ithaca, New York where I spent six years in graduate school. I know the very road she lives on!

eggs on sunday headquarters

I noticed that Amy has an iPod docking station on the window sill! We have a Bose Sounddock on our bar because we spend so much time in the kitchen, so it’s good to know we’re not the only ones. She told me that music is a must when she cooks. Hey Amy, how much time do you spend in your kitchen anyway?

During the week, since I work at something other than food blogging, I’m mainly in the kitchen just in the mornings and at night, but on the weekends, that’s where I spend most of my time. A good weekend day for me is spent on my feet, stirring and chopping along to music, working through a list of ideas I’ve jotted down during the week.

the cook range : all of amy’s aprons!

When I first asked Amy if she would be willing to participate in the kitchen tours, she warned me that she has horrid purple countertops in their rented apartment kitchen.

My husband and I have a running joke that the purple must have been on sale at Home Depot the day the landlords picked out countertops, because why else would you choose this color??

I was imagining a Willy Wonka type of purple, but they aren’t terrible because everyone knows that Amy didn’t pick those out herself :) I really have to give credit to renter cooks because they make the best of whatever they’ve got and usually have to be careful of making any modifications for fear of losing their security deposit. Amy hung that green glass star near the shelf to add a little of her own style to the place since they can’t alter the walls. It’s a nice touch.

So what motivates you to cook/bake?

First, I just love food and love to eat – how could you like to cook and not like to eat? Most cooks/bakers would probably say one of the reasons they cook is because they like to nourish people, make people happy, bring people together etc. and that’s definitely one of my reasons, too. I love the look on someone’s face when they taste something I’ve made and enjoy it, and I love that food, in general, can make people feel welcome, relaxed and happy. But cooking is also a huge creative outlet for me. Almost all of my hobbies involve some kind of art and/or working with my hands (drawing, gardening, making mosaics, pottery) but cooking is one that lets me create things with my hands, admire the shapes and colors and beauty in the ingredients, and eat what I create…that’s a great combination. I also love the fact that I’m always learning something new when I cook, whether it be figuring out how to cook with a new ingredient, learning a new way to cook a familiar ingredient, a new technique, or the science behind why something happens in the kitchen the way it does (I’m a big fan of McGee’s On Food and Cooking.)

That’s one of my favorite books too – McGee is an alum from my alma mater (Caltech). Geeks rule.

shiny pots and pans : oooh – so many ramekins

Alright Amy, those are simply gorgeous All-Clad pots and pans. Were those a wedding gift?

No, actually, my sweet parents have been giving me one All-Clad pan/pot on each special occasion (birthday, Christmas, etc.) for the past few years! Best gifts ever. :)

Do you have any favorite gadgets or appliances?

My turquoise Le Creuset dutch oven – I must use that almost every day. My All-Clad pots – I can’t believe how unbelievably GREAT they perform in the kitchen. Totally live up to their reputation. My blender, if only because I recently acquired it and can’t believe that I got along without it for so long; it leaves the food processor in its dust when it purees. My immersion blender, for when I don’t want to dirty up my blender. And, though not a gadget or appliance, my little white ramekins — I use them ALL the time, just as often as prep bowls as for desserts.

corner storage spaces

Amy told me that there is a lot of storage in her kitchen. It’s obvious from the photos that she puts that space to good use. She keeps a ton of dry goods in glass jars and takes advantage of the nice pull-out drawers and lazy susans.

awesome roll-out shelves : a terrific jelly cabinet

So what is a downside to this kitchen?

…its [the kitchen’s] size and location in the house. Whenever we have people over, no one can congregate in the kitchen since it’s only really big enough for one person to be working busily in there at a time. Get two people in there at the same time and it’s like bumpercars. Also, it’s behind a wall, around the corner from our living room — the “behind the wall” part is a problem. When we do have people over, I feel like I have to disappear into the kitchen to do anything cooking-related, and that’s the exact opposite of how I’d like to be able to use my kitchen. I want to have a kitchen where people can congregate, that I can talk to people as I work, and unfortunately this kitchen is not it.

You seem to have no cookbooks, Amy; are you hiding them somewhere?

Why yes, in fact. ;) Another thing I wish was slightly different, but it’s not terrible — there’s a little desk area right outside the kitchen with overhead cabinets. I’ve filled those overhead cabinets with my cookbooks, though my collection is now a little more than 100 and doesn’t all fit in the cabinets, so we have some overflow in the living room. I love having so many cookbooks, I just love thumbing through them and love getting inspiration, but I don’t cook from them as often as you’d think I would with so many.

a ha, there are the cookbooks

One of the things that Amy does like about this kitchen is the amount of natural light it receives. This is particularly handy for blogging. She does a lot of food prep on the kitchen table which sits under west-facing windows.

amy working her magic : the photo staging area

Amy and her husband are in the process of designing a new house and she’s having a great time planning the kitchen. I’m so excited for them and I can’t wait to see how it turns out… and the house too! I am sure it will be terrific. Thank you, Amy, for letting me (us) poke around your kitchen with you!


Now let’s hop back to California where two awesome people maintain two terrific sites. Chuck is the mastermind behind Food Gawker, one of my favorite food porn galleries. I think he does a phenomenal job of running that gig – and he is so good about feedback (both getting and giving). However, I first “met” Chuck and Hungry Bear through their gorgeous food blog.

blog: Sunday Nite Dinner
blogger(s): Chuck and Hungry Bear
location: San Francisco, CA
house: Bottom flat of a two story Edwardian, built before the 1906 earthquake
kitchen footprint: 195 square feet (15′ x 13′)
photos: all photos of the Sunday Nite Dinner kitchen are courtesy of Chuck

I should explain that Hungry Bear is Chuck’s partner in crime. Among her numerous contributions to the blog, she provides delicious authentic Chinese recipes, helping to demystify so many of the traditional dishes I love but never made. I literally yelped with joy when Chuck agreed to the kitchen tour. He told me Hungry Bear said, “Alright, only because it’s Jen Yu.” Here is Chuck, giving the grand tour:

Our kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled last year, so it’s definitely our dream kitchen given the space limitations. When Hungry Bear and I are in the house, we spend the vast majority of our time here. During Sunday nite dinners, everybody hangs out in the kitchen. Our friends help us prep and cook, but if it’s really crowded and we need the space, we’ll banish anyone not assisting to the living room to keep our sanity.

That is a beautiful workspace. How many guests can you host in your place?

We can comfortably seat 6 around the dining table. But we have had as many 10 people over for dinner. Most of the SNDsters are Asian, so we’re used to being crammed into tight quarters. ;-)

entering the kitchen

As you enter the kitchen, the refrigerator and range are on the left. The dining area is in the rear with the 5′ 6″ tower of cookbooks. We call it “the leaning tower of cookbooks” because the top is 4″ farther away from the wall than the bottom. We’re afraid it’s going to tip over someday.

Wow. I hope you don’t need to reference the book at the bottom. Oooh! Nice floors. What is the material?

They are hardwood floors, stained a dark mocha.

kitchen island and pantry

If you turn to the right, you’ll see the island with a dishwasher, a large sink and a wine cooler. In the back, there are four 8 feet high cabinets that are used for the pantry, storing appliances, baking tools, pots and pans. There are two large 8 feet south facing doors (the other one is not in view and is off to the right) that provide most of the natural lighting in the room.

I have cabinet envy. What are the countertops made of? They look great.

The countertops are granite. We forget the exact term but they are not completely honed and still have a textured feel to them.

pantry view : the kitchen sink

This is about as close as you’ll get to our pantry because we’ve been a bit unorganized lately. As you can see there is a lot of storage space for food, pots and appliances. We just need to do a little spring cleaning before I can show you a close-up. Let’s instead focus on the kitchen sink. I threw in a large pasta pot with a colander insert to show you the depth and size of the sink. We often cook in mass quantities because we love having leftovers and we’re usually cooking for a big group of people. So our pots and pans are on the large size and having a sink that you can easily wash big pans is a huge plus. Then there are the cool industrial looking faucet and spray hose that make cleanup faster.

behind the island

On the other side of the island, you’ll see cabinets from floor to ceiling where we keep our dishes, glasses, utensils and serving plates. I just want to point out the island is usually not this uncluttered, because I’m typically slumped in front of a laptop at the end seat. The TV has been a great addition because Hungry Bear and I are huge sports fans. Instead of sitting on the couch watching football or basketball all day, we can cook or bake without missing the games.

Alright! Multi-tasking. I love you guys even more now.

the range

The center piece of the kitchen is the range. We refer to the little oven as the “sweet oven” where we bake our desserts and the larger one as the “savory oven.” Since we do a lot of stir-frying, we have a wok grate, which holds our wok perfectly stable.

Pardon the drool. I see six burners, two ovens, but nine knobs. What does that ninth knob do?

I see you discovered the infamous ninth knob. It’s a very special knob that’s not used very often… it’s for the griddle.

oil and sauce drawer : blogging dishes

Next to the range we have a big drawer where we keep most of our oils, fish sauce, cooking wine, etc. It’s super handy to have quick access to these oils and sauces. Like many food bloggers, we have a cabinet full of dishes and plates solely for photo purposes. They are one off items that we found at a local, cheap houseware and restaurant supply store. Hungry Bear is in charge of plating and food styling. I’d be lost without her!

Hungry Bear has great taste. I love her sense of style.

photo setup

There’s only one location by the back door that gets enough natural lighting for taking photos. Depending on the cloud or fog conditions, we’ll open or close the door to control the amount of light coming in. As you can see, we shoot tethered to a laptop and do not post-process our photos. We’d rather make exposure corrections in real-time rather than spend the time adjusting the image after the fact. I don’t know if this is faster or not, but it works for us.

Does your photo setup require special hardware/software?

The photo setup is pretty basic. All you need is an extra long USB cable and the Canon EOS utility software that comes with the camera.

chuck, making fried rice

We have never put pictures of ourselves up on Sunday Nite Dinner. There’s no way you’ll get a photo of Hungry Bear, but since it’s Jen’s blog, here’s a shot of me making “dump” fried rice. I hope you enjoyed the tour of our kitchen.

I certainly did and I’m sure use real butter readers loved touring both kitchens. Thank you for doing this, Chuck and Hungry Bear!

We still have six more kitchens on tap for the next three Thursdays, so be sure to check in on the fun. Woooooo!

previous kitchens
week 1: use real butter & supplemental
week 2: winos and foodies & figs, lavender, and cheese

65 nibbles at “kitchen tour: eggs on sunday/sunday nite dinner”

  1. barbara says:

    Both fabulous kitchens. I love the storage options in Amy’s kitchen. Chuck and Hungry Bear’s kitchen is so sleek. It’s definitely my kind of space. I had a sauce drawer like that in our house in NZ.

  2. Lisa says:

    OMG I’m loving these kitchen tours! Gotta tell you Jen – you saved one of my junk drawers from getting thrown into the street. I don’t know how I could have been so dense, but after seeing your kitchen it suddenly hit me that I could buy a MUCH larger utensil crock and get half the stuff out of my drawer! DUH. Sometimes when you look at the same things over and over again you somehow manage to not see them…

    So happy to find [Chuck and Hungry Bear]. Asian bloggers in SF!! We probably have friends in common somewhere in the mix!!

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  4. Rosa says:

    What spacious,beautiful and orderly kitchens! I cannot stop from feeling jealous ;-P!



  5. Wandering Chopsticks says:

    Whoohoo. Totally been loving these kitchen tours. I saw a glimpse of Chuck’s range long ago and wished he showed more. So fancy and sleek.

  6. Chuck says:

    Thanks for showcasing our kitchen, Jen! It was fun giving you a virtual tour. The next time you are in the Bay Area, you have to stop by and get a real tour and a meal.

    I’m amazed at how shiny and new Amy’s All-Clad pots and pans are. We really need to clean and polish ours.

  7. Mrs Ergül says:

    Like I said, if you don’t watch the pot, the water gets to a roiling boil before you know it! I really had a pleasant surprise when I refreshed and saw Kitchen Tour!

    How does one get all the pots and pans shiny like new! I wanna know the secret! Only after I started food blogging, I learnt about lazy susans. I have never seen them here in Singapore! Ohhh and I have always like having window over the sink, looking out to the backyard or garden!

    Chuck and Hungry Bear’s kitchen is very professional-looking! There is even a tap over the range! Wow!
    While my rangetop has three burners, I am not able to use a wok, a pot and a pan altogether at any one time! The range is too tiny!

  8. clumbsycookie says:

    I’m really loving these kitchen tours! It’s an awesome idea Jen!

  9. Nate says:

    I am just drooling (gawking?) over SND’s kitchen. It’s beautiful. I can’t believe how clean it is!

  10. Aran says:

    i am always so jealous of people’s windows in their kitchens… i love this series

  11. Culinarywannabe says:

    What great kitchens!! Amy makes great use of her space – I’ve actually taken down a few notes, like the corner storage unit, to use in my own sqft challenged kitchen. And Chuck and Hungry Bear are so lucky to have created such a dream kitchen. I’m especially fond of the faucet over the stove. No more lugging heavy pasta pots full of water!

  12. amy says:

    Yay! I have severe range envy after seeing Chuck and Hungry Bear’s beautiful Viking six-burner. I love seeing people’s photo setups, too, it gives me ideas for the future.

    As far as my shiny pots and pans – they’re only 1-2 years old, at the most, plus they clean up amazingly well, surprisingly. So, not too hard to keep them looking good. :)

    Thanks for doing this Jen – it was really fun!

  13. Margie says:

    This series of kitchens is amazing, J. I love being the fly upon the wall.


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  15. Lori says:

    Now I’d like to know how my kitchen traveled to Ithaca. Its exactly the same. Although I do have a walk in pantry which makes storage a little easier. So, now when I am cooking in my kitchen, I will think, in Ithaca there is Amy standing in her kitchen just like mine. By the way Amy, I just love Itaca and bravo for you, using available resources!

    Hungry Bear and Chuck- I am having stove envy here. Do you know I frequent appliance departments often and drool over these types of stoves. And well the faucet at the stove, well, that is just frosting on the cake. Beautiful, just beautiful.

    Jenyu- Thanks again for this, its so fun. I very much look forward to the kitchen experience. Have I said it lately? You rock.

  16. April in CT says:

    I seriously can’t put into words how much I’m loving this!

  17. Jackie says:

    Wow, I’m in awe. The Viking range, the plates, the set up… Thanks for letting us visit your kitchen.

  18. Macie says:

    These posts are so inspirational! Thanks so much!

  19. Amy says:

    I love these kitchen tours!

  20. Debra McCloud says:

    What beautiful kitchens! I love the the granite counter top and sink area in SND’s photo…makes me think of my high-school chemistry lab. It seems to exemplify the fact that great cooks are, in fact, mad scientists.
    I am loving the tours, and will be sad when they are over. Thank you Jen, and thanks to all of your brilliant and awesome friends :)

  21. Hans says:

    Am I the only one that looked at the bookshelf and thought “Ooh, I have that cookbook, and that one, and that one , and of course those two…….”

  22. Marisa says:

    I love getting peeks into other peoples’ kitchens! The only problem is that mine is so old and dark that seeing all these gorgeous, light-filled kitchens fills me up with longing for a good renovation!

  23. Asianmommy says:

    Beautiful kitchens! I love Amy’s photo staging area, & I envy the storage space in Chuck & Hungry Bear’s.

  24. Esi says:

    I am loving this series. I am so happy that people were so willing to open up their lovely kitchens for all to see. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Piee says:

    One of my favorite things to read on Thursdays. Keep up this wonderful series!!

  26. dawn says:

    I would love that second kitchen! what a great use of space. I have a towering rack of cookbooks too, but I think their’s are far nicer and neater.

  27. adrienne says:

    Wow wow wow. I love the faucet over the range at SND! How I would love to be able to customize my own kitchen. So many fabulous details.

    What a great series! You’ve given thousands of people kitchen envy, but also inspiration!

  28. caroline says:

    I love these kitchen tours! Thanks to everyone for participating. I love getting to see the photo area setup… it’s very behind-the-scenes! :) Thanks everyone.

  29. Jayme says:

    I am absolutely LOVING this kitchen tour! Gawd I am having massive range envy right now over that viking! Actually, who am I kidding, I’m envious of Amy’s stove as well lol. I have a craptastic electric range and the world’s smallest oven.

    Can’t wait to see more, what an awesome idea :D

  30. Ana says:

    Lovely kitchens and everything in its place. Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. kath the cook says:

    the mystery of why “Sunday Nite Dinner” (which I absolutely love) does not post more often is finally solved! Chuck is busy with foodgawker!! what a wonderful kitchen – you lucky cook.

    OK – forgiven. but I would still love to see more Sunday Nite Dinners –

  32. Pegs says:

    Great kitchens, Amy and SND! So fun to see where these great blogs get created. Keep up the good work, Jen. We want more!

  33. Aimee says:

    Loving these kitchen tours! I think I have the same ‘purple’ counter tops as Amy–they were there when we bought our house.
    Both kitchens are lovely and I’m envious of their natural light.

  34. Fiona says:

    Those All-Clads are wonderful. And so shiny!

    I agree with the comment above: these kitchen tours are too fabulous. I love FoodGawker and RSS Sunday Nite Dinner, so seeing the kitchen is fun. Like you, though, I have wok envy.

  35. Mollie says:

    One of my favorite things about Amy’s kitchen is that her ipod matches her dutch oven! Love that. :) It’s a pretty great rental kitchen – I so want slide out shelves someday! Can’t wait to see the kitchen she designs…

    I love Sunday nite dinner too and that kitchen is amazing!!! High on my list is a sauce/oil drawer too. Love the surfaces and fixtures… yummmmmm

    Thanks for sharing guys! Jen, as always, I appreciate you understanding how much I enjoy other people’s kitchens and doing all the work of getting them to photograph them for me. :)

  36. peabody says:

    Awesome! Two new blogs for me to read!!!
    I love how different all of them had been. Wow, Chucks is so clean and streamlined.

  37. susan says:

    i have to ask…Chuck, what is the water spigot over the range for? i know it is commonly used in Chinese restaurants but there is usually a drainage behind the wok then…how do you use it?

  38. Holly says:

    I have huge kitchen envy! Chuck and Hungry Bear have great style!

  39. Kathy says:

    I love both kitchens. They lend an insight as to how people live, going with the saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home.
    Thank you Jen for your coordinating efforts!

  40. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Both sides of these presentations require a great deal of energy, time and thought. Thank you for doing then Jen and thanks for the owners sharing their kitchens and so much more.
    Great style in both of these.

  41. sharon says:

    Hmm, I know jealousy is surely not a virtue, but I am dying looking at these beautiful kitchens!

  42. Fiona says:

    Oh! I just realized that Sunday Nite Dinner is the source of my recent Favorite Recipe: the apple cake. I made it, it was simplicity itself, and people liked it so much that my husband asked me to make it for our son’s first birthday. That’s probably the best success I’ve ever had with a recipe the first time.

  43. Liz says:

    Fantastic … as usual!!! So many neat ideas!!! Can I ask the brand/model of Chuck + Hungry Bear’s sink faucet? I’m going nutso with ours, sleek but drippy… again, Jen, thanks for your continuing inspiration…

  44. minh says:

    the kitchen in NY was my favorite. it definitely gave me some hope with my tiny tiny kitchen in my rented apartment

  45. EatingRD says:

    What wonderful kitchens!! I am so jealous of that range! wow, I especially love to see how and where the photos are shot. As an amateur food blogger who knows next to nothing about lighting and how to get great light, it is really interesting and I really appreciate letting us in your own kitchens :) Thank you!


  46. Melissa says:

    Amy’s kitchen is so much like mine, but with brown cabinets instead of white. Same range, same microwave, same counter space. Ahhhh apartment living hehe.

    Chuck’s is very much up my alley though. It’s close (want a bit light colors) to what my dream kitchen will be in a few years when we buy our house. Can’t wait to have that kind of space and sleekness. Really nice!

    Pictures coming tonight Jen!

  47. JessW says:

    Seriously, I am getting so many good ideas for my little kitchen that I never would have thought of just from these kitchen tours. Thanks to everyone participating and special thanks to Jen for hosting this. I am enjoying them so much!

  48. Tartelette says:

    What a fabulous tour!! Love how we all make the kitchens work the best for us. All of them are different and perfectly perfect for the person using them.

  49. Kalyn says:

    Love seeing the kitchens, the tour is so much fun.

  50. RecipeGirl says:

    This was such a fun blog post. I loved seeing both kitchens! Will definitely be going back and taking a peek at the others that were featured. Nice job :)

  51. Kristen says:

    What gorgeous kitchens! I love seeing how everyone does things behind their blog. Great post.

  52. Chez Us says:

    Great post, Jen! Love the idea.

    I am in complete kitchen envy now …. Chuck, when can we move it? ;)

  53. Kristin says:

    I’m with Jayme on the range envy…lousy electric here too. I would never have thought to use a bookshelf for pots & baking sheets. Great idea Amy.

  54. jenyu says:

    Barbara – Amy is a clever one, isn’t she? And yes, I am in love with Chuck and HB’s kitchen :)

    Lisa – I like getting ideas from all of these kitchens too. Cooks can be so creative and resourceful. Glad we saved one of your junk drawers :)

    Rosa – very nice, aren’t they?

    WC – Yup, I remember he showed a teaser pic long ago and then we never got the tour – until now! ;)

    Chuck – OMG, that would be the bomb! Thank you so much for participating (and thank HB too!) I know, Amy’s All-Clads put mine to shame.

    Mrs E – I’d like to know Amy’s trick to keeping her pots so clean too. Mine get dirty just sitting on the rack! ;)

    Clumbsycookie – thanks!

    Nate – it’s lovely, isn’t it? Although I know everyone works pretty hard to neat up the kitchen before taking the pictures! ha ha.

    Aran – so glad you’re enjoying it!

    Culinarywannabe – that is great! I love that people are sharing and getting ideas from one another. That’s what it is all about :) I love that faucet over the stove too.

    Amy – babe, my pots aren’t much older and they are a mess compared to yours. I’ll have to watch you clean them and take notes some day :) Thank you for sharing your kitchen with us!

    Margie – cool, huh?

    Lori – how cute! I think many of us have similar kitchen floor plans, although how we use them is the fun part :) Thanks for your sweet comment, hon.

    April – I’m so happy to hear it!

    Jackie – these guys are just great, aren’t they :)

    Macie – yay! Hope you are finding some cool ideas.

    Amy – thanks!

    Debra – thanks so much. I will be sad when they end, but I’ll also be a little glad – it’s so much more work than a normal post :)

    Hans – hee hee. I’m sure others are thinking the same! Great cooks have great taste.

    Marisa – some ideas require renovation while others are easily implemented, so maybe you can take comfort in the easy ones :)

    Asianmommy – aren’t they great?

    Esi – Yes, big thanks to all of the bloggers sharing their kitchens!

    Piee – awesome!

    Dawn – I just hope neither of them get hurt when the tower comes down.

    Adrienne – thanks, sweetie!

    Caroline – it’s great that folks like this so much and are getting loads of good ideas.

    Jayme – I know, I covet that Viking too. These kitchens are all so awesome for their own innovative ideas.

    Ana – thanks :)

    Kath – oh yes, Chuck has been swamped. But I hope the rest of us will encourage and support SND because I love their posts too!

    Pegs – so glad to hear it – we have six more!

    Aimee – they both look great, don’t they? :)

    Fiona – yes, serious wok envy. I’m Chinese and I don’t even own a wok :( wahhhhhhn.

    Mollie – isn’t she the cutest? Maybe we can invite her back for a followup tour when her new kitchen is all set up? Of course, she’ll know she’s just posting the tour FOR YOU ;) goofball! ha ha

    Peabody – me too, I really like how all of the kitchens are very different. And yes, I am crazy for SND’s kitchen.

    Susan – I don’t mean to speak for Chuck, but I believe that is for filling a pot with water so you don’t have to lug it between sink and stove.

    Holly – absolutely!

    Kathy – thanks so much :)

    MyKitchenInHalfCups – thank you and yes, these are great kitchens.

    Sharon – it’s okay, I get jealous too.

    Fiona – yup, they’ve got great recipes on SND!

    Liz – hmmm, I am not sure Chuck has had the time to read the comments here, but you can certainly go to SND and ask him there. Chuck and HB are great about answering questions!

    Minh – that’s great to hear! Keep tuning in because we have more kitchens (apartment kitchens too) to come!

    EatingRD – you’re so welcome!

    Melissa – thanks, babe.

    JessW – wonderful! I’m so happy that folks are sharing and learning and getting ideas!

    Tartelette – so true! I think cooks are some of the most creative people. Bakers in particular. Especially the French ones ;)

    Kalyn – isn’t it? :) hee hee

    RecipeGirl – thank you!

    Kristen – kinda neat to get that sneak peek!

    Chez Us – ha! You’d better ask Hungry Bear ;)

    Kristin – I lived with electric for several years and I feel for ya. Someday, you will have a gas range and you will jump for joy :)

  55. Tracy says:

    What a clever idea for this series! It’s so interesting to see where everyone cooks, and I’m really jealous of Amy’s collection of pans and dishware…and cookbook collection. Can’t wait to see the next in the series!

  56. cindy says:

    both of these were fantastic…and those stacks of ramekins looks like my kitchen. indispensable little things! and that range…i drooled a little i think :)

  57. jenyu says:

    Tracy – tell me about it, I love Amy’s pots and pans! You’ll like the rest of the kitchens, I’m sure :)

    Cindy – I definitely drooled over Chuck’s and Hungry Bear’s range!

  58. Justopia says:

    Wow. My Sunday has just changed. I am heading into the kitchen to pull everything out and reorganize. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  59. jenyu says:

    Justopia – ha ha, how awesome! Thanks for dropping by :)

  60. Muneeba says:

    I think Chuck has my dream kitchen … no, wait, I KNOW he has my dream kitchen! All those sleek burners, countertops, GORGEOUS floors, cabinets, and the flat screen TV. Me want!!!! I didn’t know he was the brains behind Foodgawker … but am not surprised!

  61. jenyu says:

    Muneeba – definitely a beautiful kitchen for anyone who loves to cook (or even for folks who don’t cook!). And yes, Chuck has lots of brains and he does a great job with FG.

  62. Tony says:

    looking at remodelling my kitchen thanks for the tips.

  63. jenyu says:

    Tony – sure thing! Good luck with the remodel – how exciting :)

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  65. Gisela says:

    Oh!! How I wish I had a Kitchen like that… mine is small (small as in 1/2 bathroom) and dark :(
    by the way… I love your blog!!

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