The kitchen is often quoted as being the “heart and soul” of the home. I’m plotting my tiny kitchen strategy for the holidays as we have a small and oddly shaped kitchen with no room to maneuver. Noone has yet been able to figure why it was designed this way and for some unknown reason it must have seemed like a good idea in the 1950s.
Small Kitchen Stickiness
The last time I entertained I found myself repeating “excuse me” every other sentence as I executed kitchen aerobics navigating around the clustering guests. Before the dinner I asked a friend to tactfully and skillfully guide guests to the living room while I finished cooking … it did not work. Sure the guests went to the living room – and grabbed an appetizer – and navigated right back to the kitchen to chat. Or help. And chat.
They kept clustering in the tiny kitchen and I know the intent was to be helpful because I definitely know neither I nor my conversational skills are that scintillating. We all know the last 10-15 minutes prior to serving are crucial to a successfully timed meal which is ideally hot and even more ideally is edible. Small kitchens don’t help the cause of meal execution.
Small Kitchen Alert!
Game on! Move out of the way! Stop blocking the stove! Excuuuuuse me!
Yes I’d love to talk to you in depth, but might it just wait until dinner is on the table? I’m beginning to strategize for this years holiday dinners.
Would it be rude to cordon off the kitchen with police tape prior to serving?
Just a thought. I am kidding. I think.
How have you small kitchen owners solved the problem with tact?
(No, going out to dinner is not an option? or is it? I am thinking it may be time!)