The Possibility of an Island [Kitchen]

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It's not hard to get inspired to cook in a kitchen like this. It is truly a ranch kitchen: oversized, fully stocked, and beautifully rustic. A real playground! The only thing my little shoebox of a kitchen in Greenwich Village inspired me to do was order Thai delivery via Seamless. Yep, it was one of those narrow, windowless ones that ends up never being used. Carrie Bradshaw was onto something with using her oven as wardrobe storage space.

Environment is everything for me. Here, I get plenty of sunlight and lots of space and access to a bountiful garden–and, of course, the luxury of time. (Really, who has time to cook in New York?) There's also something to say about having someone to cook for that makes you want to flex your culinary muscles a little more too. If it were just me, I'd be fine munching on a plate of green beans with a glass of wine and calling it a night.

Out here, I've been making things I'd never make for myself, including something as simple as pancakes for breakfast. I feel like a caged wild animal that has just been released into her natural habitat! I'll be posting more recipes soon, and, true to form, they're all more or less simple and easy.

I do miss tearing into the pad ped moo krob from Zabb Elee on Monday nights, though. The anticipation of the delivery guys' arrival... And eating it standing up at that dreadful Formica-topped kitchen counter. That, you can't get that in the mountains.