I’ve always loved to cook, but after having a baby, making dinner at home felt like climbing a mountain. After feedings, baths and bedtime routines piled on top of endless sleep deprivation, cooking was the last thing I wanted to do. But you’d be amazed by how a good kitchen can turn the tables. When you have a space that makes you feel good, and more importantly is highly functional, cooking suddenly brings you joy again. Here’s a little sneak peek of my kitchen!

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I was very intentional about designing the kitchen in our new house, not just to look good but also for cooking. I made very intentional choices about every element in the room, particularly my appliances. After fives years of cooking on a horrific electric range, I was very ready for an upgrade. The Thermador 36” Masterpiece® Series Gas Cooktop I selected, was designed for us wannabe chefs. Aka it’s awesome. The cooktop features burners with a patented five point design isn’t just for show. It creates a perimeter 56% longer than a round burner of the same size, which reduces cold spots for faster and more even heating across any size pan. I finally don’t have to wait 20 minutes for a pot of water to boil. The range’s simmer function cycles burners on and off to maintain temperatures as low as 100◦ F — perfect for simmering delicate sauces or keeping food warm without scorching or stirring. Basically this bad boy works great and also looks fabulous. I love counter mounted ranges. It gives a kitchen a nice clean feel. Putting storage under your stove is also so convenient. All your pots and tools are immediately at hand rather than across the room or behind you.

With the holiday season bearing down on us, I’m actually really looking forward to spending a lot of time in my kitchen this year. I’ve been gathering a lot of recipes, but here are three I’m excited to try out this month!

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This Butternut Squash Soup looks divine. It’s also vegan and gluten free. Perfect for packing on the flavor without the pounds.

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I feel like salads always get overlook around the holidays, but they can be a feature. This beautiful Brussel Sprout Salad is a perfect example. It combines pecans, red onion and farro into a hearty dish that could even been the main event on a meatless Monday perhaps. Definitely adding to my rotation.

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And it wouldn’t be fall without some indulgence right?? This Caramel Apple Bread Pudding looks like a very fun and decadent new way to enjoy the season. I love you pumpkin pie but I’m in the mood to shake things up a bit.

What are you looking forward to whipping up in your kitchen this season? I’m always looking for new recipes. I would love to know what you’re dying to try.

And sources for my kitchen design for those interested are: Thermador 36” Masterpiece® Series Gas Cooktop / Silestone countertop in Zeus / Silestone backsplash in Pulsar  / Kohler pasta faucet / Benjamin Moore paint in White Whisp / adorne switches by Legrand

For more pics of my kitchen CLICK HERE

For more sneak peeks of my house CLICK HERE

For more of my favorite recipes CLICK HERE.

For all the recipes I’ve ever pinned CLICK HERE.

 

images via faring well / love & lemons / the artful desperado

 

 

 

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