Through the years, nearly every little girl has coveted an Easy-Bake Oven since that toy was first introduced in 1963. After all, who did not want to emulate what Mommy does in the kitchen? If you go to the big box toy stores, you’ll even find a grocery store experience, i.e. shopping carts, a store shelf set-up and very realistic plastic “groceries” to toss into that shopping cart. All will make any little girl seem like she is just as important as Mommy when it comes to shopping for items to be prepared for the family meal. Too bad that the grocery shopping aspect soon loses its appeal when you must do it “for real”, but hopefully, the desire to learn to cook like Mom persists through the years.
The term “foodie” has become quite popular in our vernacular, and people use that word interchangeably to describe one who enjoys eating food or preparing it. In our modern-day society, where we never seem to have enough time to sit down and take a rest, especially when the adults both work, the idea of coming home late from work and embarking on a multi-course dinner just is not going to happen – not during the work week anyway. And, do you really want to spend all weekend preparing and serving food and the task of cleaning up afterward?
But, maybe if you can get the rest of the family to pitch in to help create those magnificent meals, the kitchen does not become a place of drudgery, but instead, a place for the family to convene at other times except just to sit down to a meal.
Putting an island in your kitchen will permit cooking right at that “station”, then serving buffet style immediately after the food preparation is finished, to family and friends as they gather around the island. The easy addition of an island to your kitchen will open up opportunities for not being a slave to the stove.
There are many of fun appliances to whip up your favorite foods. Nowadays, people often wonder how they existed without the modern convenience of the microwave. Even the food processor or blender which does its own beating, leaving the cook to attend to other tasks, has made life in the kitchen more of a breeze and less of a chore.
Perhaps a small spark of interest exists and you’d love to upgrade your kitchen to make it more user friendly for cooking and creating, so maybe now is the time to see what is trending in kitchen design for women.
Getting cozy in the kitchen where you are surrounded by family and friends is not a new concept; after all, the kitchen has always been the hubbub of the house. But, today’s kitchen is geared with the term “social kitchen” in mind. Forget the past where Mom hovered over the stove, and was afraid to step too far out of the kitchen, lest her roast or her buns burn to a crisp. Today’s kitchen has much more room and more-than-adequate seating, whether it is a bench seat tucked away in a breakfast nook, or tall stools placed around an island smack in the center of the room. Instead of toiling over the stove, you can be mindful of your dinner while enjoying a glass of wine and a few laughs with family or friends. The kitchen should be an airy place with clean lines and a simple design – big enough to accommodate all those trending items like islands, maybe even modular seating, or a stand-alone butcher block table, but intimate enough to be within earshot of conversation without shouting at your family or guests.
Whether you opt for the stainless steel look for your appliances, counters and sinks – a look with many might find cold and austere looking, you can still have a modern kitchen design and keep it simple and more “you”.
Besides updating the large appliances to meld with any other renovations being done, most women are opting to add the following items when upgrading their kitchen:
These are just a few of the trends that women like in the modern kitchen. The kaffeklatsch that your Mom indulged in to keep abreast of neighborhood gossip back in the day makes a resurgence as kitchens become the social gathering place for family and friends now and in the future but now for gatherings at any hour of the day.