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Ok, this is not scientific. I just took pictures of the things that we use the most and really appreciate having in our temporary kitchen.

10. Plastic wear of some kind, especially for breakfast. Cereal in a paper bowl is BLEAH. Cups are nice because the paper/plastic routine gets a little old. Food on paper starts to TASTE like paper. Yuck.

9. Clorox wipes. (OK, ANY brand will do – just use one that has a disinfectant in it.) You can’t really keep a plastic tablecloth clean by wiping it off with paper towels (at least, not to my satisfaction.) The plastic tablecloth saves the furniture underneath (in this case, the college girl’s desk). But it needs to be really clean after you chop/cook/eat off of it. Solution: wipes.

8. A slow cooker. While I haven’t used mine as much as I thought I would, I still like the option of making dinner before I leave for work. And while it’s a little messy to clean up, it still makes life easier at the end of the day. We’re just getting into stew and soup season here, so I think I will be using it more.

7. The Stick Vacuum. Great for the little messes like up-ended bowls of cereal (ask me how I know…) Convenient in that it fits in a closet. When you’re short on space, every little bit helps!

6. Coffee pot that uses pods. I hate instant coffee. I can only drink so much of those “international” ones, so this was a good solution. My only complaint is that it makes weak coffee, so you have to use two to get a full mug. Otherwise, I love being able to make a quick cup of coffee while I’m getting dressed. If only it came with an iv – then it would be perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Toaster Oven. Now that I know there is Texas Toast with garlic and extra cheese, I can have my hot, crusty breads with pasta and salad again. I have missed that “oven” crunchiness of warmed bread. This one came with a pizza stone, which is also very nice to have.

4. Mini-fridge – one that is not the cube sized. We can fit breakfast items (creamer, milk, juice, butter) and a few things for lunches in there. Very handy. Also kind on the eyes of the contractors who don’t have to see a coffee-deprived homeowner staggering through the work area to the basement to find the coffee creamer.

3. Microwave: this appliance gets the most use on a daily basis, but didn’t get number one because we bought a cheapo one and it doesn’t work as well as the one I’m used to. For ease of meal-planning, there’ s a LOT of foods now that come pre-packaged for the microwave, so it’s a necessity. It won’t scramble your electrons or fry your brain. Really. I think this one will go to college when we are done with our remodel.

2. Electric kettle. Gotta love being able to have hot chocolate, or tea, or instant oatmeal. We used it a lot before in our old kitchen, now it’s probably the appliance that gets the most use, next to the microwave.

AND the NUMBER ONE ITEM you will want in your temporary kitchen…

1. AN AIR CLEANER! Seriously. They are making my life so much more live-able. yes, we have a contractor who uses a great air scrubber. There’s still dust (LOTS of dust). There’s one in each bedroom, in my study, in the basement… ย They aren’t super-expensive, and they really do help.


There you have it. My opinions and free advice (which is worth what you paid for it.)

It’s a challenge to cook without a kitchen. Our temporary cooking space is actually in our college girl’s bedroom. There’s a mini-fridge, microwave, electric kettle, electric skillet and crockpot on her desk. I also kept my blender out for when a smoothie just sounds good.

But — without a stove and oven, it’s a challenge.

Tonight’s gourmet guide suggests:
chicken breast medallions with vegetables in a curry sauce (pre-cut chicken, which was cut up and then frozen; vegetable medley, frozen; jar of Patak’s mild curry cooking sauce)
Brown rice (microwaved pre-packaged Seeds of Change spiced rice and lentils)

(a little blurry – sorry!)

I’d offer you some, but there’s not much in the way of leftovers! ๐Ÿ™‚