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In the Kitchen With: The Hungry Housewife

by Kim Conte on April 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

 

Leslie's daughter, Emma, helps in the kitchen.

 

Today, Leslie Green, a.k.a. The Hungry Housewife, takes us inside her gorgeous Tampa kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've been a fan of The Hungry Housewife's accessible, family-friendly recipes, scrumptious photography, and hilarious writing style for some time now. I've always been jealous of her cooking abilities, and now after seeing these photos of her kitchen I'm also jealous of her spice rack!

 

CM: Tell us about your family.

I am a part-time SAHM. I work part-time for my husband's swimming pool company (Natural Springs Pools) here in Tampa. My hubby of eight years and I have two adorable children, Aidan, age 6, and Emma, age 4. Knowing how fast my kiddos are growing, I try to stop and smell the roses daily!

 


How would you describe your cooking style?

My cooking style is totally family-friendly. I don't cater to my kids' taste buds. They eat whatever my husband and I eat. I might have to change the meal a bit for them, but I NEVER cook a separate dinner for them. I make two hot meals a day. My darling son doesn't like cereal (convenient, huh?), so he gets eggs and bacon or homemade waffles every morning! Can you say SPOILED??

 

Can we see the inside of your kitchen?

I always keep my cookbooks here at the end of my baking counter. The two, white 3-ring binders are a collection of my favorite recipes very neatly organized and categorized.

cookbooks

 

My double-sided spice rack is a new addition to the kitchen, and I don't know what I have done with out it all these years. It is sooo convenient having all my spices neat.

spice rack

 

 

 

A view of the kitchen.

kitchen

 

 

This is my sad stove. One of the back burners hasn't worked for about a year now. I keep hoping my husband will feel sorry for me and buy me a 48" range (just a dream).

stove

 

 

Here is a great time-saver: a Lazy Susan by the oven. I keep all of my salts, pepper, olive oil, mixing spoons, and tongs here. I picked it up at IKEA for like $6 and painted it black.

lazy Susan

 

 

This is the sink area. Thank goodness my husband does the dishes, so this is his area. Do you see the desk area? When we remolded the kitchen, I wanted a desk in the kitchen, but oh how I wish I would have installed a double oven there. Maybe next time!

sink

 

 

This is "my space." I sit on this little stool every morning, drink my coffee, and ponder my day ahead before the kiddos get up.

stool

 

 

The most important part of my kitchen in the mornings: the coffee station!

coffee maker

 

 

When it comes to cooking, where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration for cooking everywhere. My mom, all the wonderful food blogs, my cookbooks and my little ol' brain!

 

What traditions does your family have with respect to food?

The biggest tradition I am trying to keep alive is cooking with my kids. I think that bringing your children in the kitchen with you is HUGE. It builds family memories and teaches math, reading, and science. When they are older, I want them to have wonderful thoughts of us in the kitchen together.

 

What do you make better than anyone else?

What do I make better than anyone else?? Hum, that's a pretty subjective question.  I have a bunch of things I cook that are to die for. But everyone loves loves loves my banana bread.

banana bread

 

What is your one indulgence?

I would have to say my biggest indulgence would have to be my mashed potatoes. My mashed potatoes are anything but healthy with all the butter, whipping cream, cream cheese, and salt and pepper. I only have them a few times a year.


How has your cooking changed since you had kids?

I wouldn't say my cooking has changed since I have had children. I didn't do much cooking before kids. My husband and I ate out probably five times a week. Well as you all know, eating out five days a week with kids isn't feasible mentally or economically!


What are some ingredients that you could never, ever live without?

What couldn't I live with out?? Hands down, CHOCOLATE. I have it everyday. Give me a high quality piece of dark chocolate, and I am a happy girl!


What are your favorite food blogs or Web sites?

I have soooo many favorite food blogs. I would hate to single any one out because I would hate to hurt anyone's feelings. But the one that jumps out at me first is Dawn at Vanilla Sugar. She  is soooo very creative and comes up with these crazy delicious concoctions all on her own. I wish I could live in her brain for just 10 minutes to get some of her food creativity!!! But I have a TON of other favorites and you can view them all on my blog, The Hungry Housewife.

 

 

Thank you to Leslie for giving us a tour of her kitchen! And don't miss these previous In the Kitchen Features on CafeMom:

 

Filed Under: cooking with kids, family meals, food, food blogs

Comments

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  • SotilSol
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    SotilSol

    April 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Amazing kitchen.


  • Peajewel
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    Peajewel

    April 29, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Nice kitchen.


  • jmewe...
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    jmeweb918

    April 29, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    love the kitchen!! love that full spice rack more!! hehe, my husbands a chef and mine looks no where  like that!!


  • Foodi...
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    Foodie_Mom

    April 30, 2009 at 12:31 AM

    ooh, what a fun series, I don't know how I missed this.  I love seeing other people's cooking spaces.  Leslie, yours is beautiful!  I'm lovin' that spice rack too.  I have a big cupboard full of spices and I'm always digging through it and spilling them all over!

     

    - Sara

    www.ourbestbites.com


  • Brade...
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    Bradensmommy719

    May 1, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    oh my goodness your kitchen is amazing! look at all that space! i'm a little envious! :)


  • Mark...
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    Mark Ramos

    May 1, 2009 at 4:59 PM
    I am impressed with your clean coffee station is mine usually looks crazy after an early-morning coffee brewing session!
  • Mary...
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    Mary MacIntyre

    July 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    Great interview! Love your blog. POsted this interview to my facebook page. Come visit: http://www.coachingcooking.com. Thanks!
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