When I think back on my childhood, then to my college years, and now to my adult life (I use the term adult loosely), many of my happiest and most vivid memories took place in a kitchen. When I think of family gatherings, I’m always transported to a kitchen. When I was a teenager, we had a phone with a long white cord in our kitchen – and I spent many nights laying on my kitchen floor talking to my now husband.
On Sundays, all of my siblings gather at my parents’ house for dinner. The first thing I do when I walk into their house is saunter into the kitchen to check out what Mom is making for dinner. In my own home, our kitchen is the center of everything. We eat, do homework, talk about our day, and even this blog is written right on my kitchen island, several times a week. My point? My kitchen is the center of my home. We spend so much time there, live so much of our lives there, that the kitchen has become a very special place for me.
Even on days when my sink is full of dishes, when my newest recipe has flopped, and my daughter is fighting homework with every ounce of her being, my kitchen is the center of our day-to-day being. We have hard conversations there. We laugh there. We eat delicious food there, and we celebrate there. The American Kitchen is so much more than a functional room for food preparation. It really is the heart of our home.
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