It could have been my favorite meal. Breakfast cooked over a campfire on a chilly morning along the Platte River in Colorado by my father. A simple breakfast. Bacon, eggs, biscuits with sausage gravy and a fresh pot of percolating coffee. To this day, I remember the smells wafting into our tent at 5 in the morning. He was an early riser and the catch of the day wasn’t going to wait.
Around the same time, my mother introduced me to Chef James Beards’ writings of roasted beef and his description of tasting perfectly browned peppered layer of fat atop. All the while watching Julia Child and Jacques Pepin splash a bit of wine or another dollop of butter in recipes found on our local PBS station.
The lesson still relevant: use of the freshest ingredients possible, as well as having the right tools in the kitchen for the task at hand. Chef Thomas Keller and host/author Ina Garten also practice this ideal in every aspect in their culinary endeavors. While hungrily awaiting for the next episode, my eyes often tend to wander towards the details—a baking sheet here, a stovetop there, which I’m sure would make any meal just that much better.
This brings me to my dream kitchen and perhaps yours. Recently, I was fortunate enough to visit with the folks at Thermador. They have been around improving kitchens for quite awhile and I must admit, off my radar. After spending the day at the KBIS2017 presentations in Orlando and during a wonderful lunch, I learned of all the advances in “Culinary Preservation and Preparation” (the wording got me to at first…it was lunch after all). But what I learned was invaluable as a designer and as a Weekend Culinary Entertainer* Coining that phrase for personal future use, watch out Food Network!
Here I was reminded of the lesson that my parents taught me years prior, that the true test of an oven and a stovetop was even distribution of heat. In refrigeration, keeping things fresh for as long as possible. Most of us have made a batch of sugar cookies when one section of the oven cooks faster than the other, or retrieving ingredients from the fridge only to find then half frozen or not chilled at all. Frustrating indeed.
Thermador has designed a group of products that addresses all of these problems in a stylish and innovative way. I encourage you to take advantage and learn more about this company, and perhaps enjoy more of your time in the kitchen. Links and more information are available by clicking the highlighted text or a few of the pictures throughout this post.
In the meantime, let’s make a few sugar cookies, have a glass of perfectly chilled wine, and think how we can improve, enjoy and simplify our lives starting in the most important room of the home, the kitchen.