Kitchen Cabinets – Bob Vila’s Guide

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Kitchen Cabinets

Maple Heirloom Kitchen Cabinets by Thomasville Cabinetry. Photo: Thomasville Cabinetry

Books have been written about making kitchen cabinets—and one could be written about buying them, too. But there are some key considerations and terms you should know. Here are a few brief guidelines to help in your shopping.

New or refaced. Perhaps the least expensive option in a kitchen remodeling is to replace existing cabinets. This means the boxes that contain the shelves and drawers remain in place, saving demolition, construction, and purchase costs. Only the fronts of the cabinets are replaced, which usually involves new doors, face frames, and hardware. If you’re happy with the layout and the number of cabinets you currently have but want to give them a new look, this may be the right way to go.

Thomasville Cabinet Door Villa C Nt S.D2.RetMaterial choices. Whether you’re buying all-new cabinets or just refacing, you’ll need to decide whether you want all-wood,

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Butcher Block Kitchen Island | John Boos Islands

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Kitchen Islands Are Like People Magnets

The kitchen is where families convene to share physical, as well as spiritual, sustenance. And kitchen islands are where friends gather to share a pot of coffee along with news of the day. But moving at today’s hectic pace, sometimes we only briefly catch a glimpse of those we love most as we scurry around the kitchen island, like ships passing in the night. And just as ships sometimes seek safe harbor from a storm, we too occasionally seek a calm port – a peaceful island in the midst of turbulence. That’s where a kitchen island or a large kitchen cart can prove invaluable. Just as magnets attract iron, kitchen islands and carts draw people near.


Butcher Block Islands Are Popular, Smart Investments

If you’re designing from scratch or planning a kitchen remodel, know that designers and home builders agree that kitchen islands are

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taste kitchen

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Reservations

We’re happy to take reservations of any size at Taste Kitchen! If you’re looking to accommodate a larger group, do keep in mind that due to our limited seating space, your chances of securing a reservation are much better the farther in advance you contact us (particularly Thursday-Saturday). 

Call to make a reservation:
734.369.4241

 

PRIVATE EVENTS & CATERING

For larger groups, we encourage you to consider two options: a chef’s tasting menu and catering.  

Planning a tasting menu allows your group to settle in, relax, and enjoy the Taste Kitchen experience without having to take the time to peruse the menu as a group. It can also allow us to take your reservation at times when we would be otherwise unable to accommodate a larger reservation. If you would like to plan a tasting menu for a group of any size, please call at least one day in advance

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How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Kitchen?

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Kitchen Organization: Tips to Make Your Kitchen Less Messy

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These common setups are a recipe for disaster. Cook up a better system for a clean, productive kitchen.

You group by item, not by need

 

opened cupboard with kitchenware insideKutlayev Dmitry/Shutterstock

You might keep your masher and microplane grater by the stove with other long-handled items cooking spatulas, but that’s not the most convenient setup. “There are three things that happen in the kitchen: prep, cook, and serve,” says Laura Cattano, professional organizer and founder of Organizational Design. “The best thing is to zone out your kitchen by those categories.” You might keep your spatulas by the stove, but your potato masher belongs near your countertop and big bowls. Take it a step further by asking exactly when you use each item. For instance, there’s no reason your mugs need to be by your water glasses, but putting next to the coffee maker will save you

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Kitchen Remodeling: An Overview

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A great many kitchen remodeling projects end up disappointing a homeowner—or shocking them with the cost—simply because they did not spend the necessary time to determine what they wanted and what they could afford. 

Wants and Needs

Start by asking yourself what persistent problems you experience with your current kitchen. Is it a matter of too little space to cook effectively?  Too little space to store food and dishware? Do you lack dining areas? Are the appliances ineffective or too old? Or does the kitchen just make you wince because it is so dated and so ugly?

Establish a prioritized list of things you would like in your new kitchen, ranked according to their importance. It’s helpful to distinguish between those elements you absolutely need and those you simply want. 

Reality Check

Early on in your planning, confront the two-part reality of a kitchen remodeling project: the logistics of the

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Aggie’s Kitchen – everyday healthy recipes for everyday healthy living

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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes with Smoked Paprika make a simple and healthy side dish to add to any meal. One of my family’s favorites! Seasoned well and baked in oven until crisp!

cubes of oven roasted red potatoes seasoned with smoked paprika in a large serving bowl

If I had to pick a favorite way to prepare potatoes, it would have to be oven roasting them. I love how they get perfectly crisp on the outside, but still soft on the inside when baked at high heat in the oven. I love seasoning them up real well too; potatoes can be like a blank canvas with endless possibilities with help from your spice cabinet.

This potato side dish is one of my favorite recipes to make – and one of my family’s favorite to eat, it’s one of my main go-to recipes. I can’t tell you how many times I have made them for my family. (Another family favorite are these Cheddar-Dill Roasted Red Potatoes 

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Kitchen Theatre Company

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A Message from KTC Producing Artistic Director, M. Bevin O’Gara

First of all, we hope you are taking care of your mental and physical health. Right now that’s the number one priority we have for you, our staff, and our artists. Second is to keep our mission alive for Ithaca as we continue to go through these uncertain times. 

At a recent staff Zoom meeting, one of our fellows asked, “what is our goal?” I am so happy this question was raised. It allowed us all to take a moment away from Zoom to zoom out on the bigger picture. Great art is inspiring, it creates hope, it creates connection. During this time all of us here at the Kitchen are taking a moment to ask ourselves how we can engage with the KTC’s mission in new ways. We don’t know yet what forms that will take, but that’s what

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Organize your Kitchen Cabinets

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The amount of items that home cooks need to store in their kitchen cabinets is mind-boggling. The sheer number of different items makes cabinets harder to organize than any other space in your kitchen. That is why sticking to a simple organization strategy is vital—namely, grouping like items together.

See the basic process of organizing your kitchen cabinets, with in-depth resources to help you. Don’t try to tackle this project until you’re motivated to see it through. This is a fairly big undertaking so it’s important to be motivated to keep going, no matter how much of a mess you may create halfway through.

Why Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you lack motivation, here’s why it’s important to get this space organized.

  • It will save you money because you will no longer buy duplicates. You’ll know what you have on hand, and you’ll have a vague idea of how many
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DIY Kitchen Remodel | Budget Kitchen Remodel

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Major kitchen remodels are among the most popular home improvements, but a revamped cooking and gathering space can set you back a pretty penny. According to the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, a complete renovation of a 210-square-foot kitchen has a national median cost of $65,000, and you’ll recover 62% of that cost come selling time.

Despite the big price tag, you’ll be glad you upgraded. In fact, homeowners polled for the “Report” gave their kitchen redo a Joy Score of 10 — a rating based on those who said they were happy or satisfied with their remodeling, with 10 being the highest rating and 1 the lowest.

If you can’t afford the entire remodel all at once, complete the work in these five budget-saving stages.

Stage One: Start with a Complete Design Plan

Your plan should be comprehensive and detailed — everything from the location

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