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Room for Cooking & Living

Fine Cooking Issue 60
Photos: Amy Albert
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Cricket Winton is a devoted home cook who spends a lot of time in the kitchen of her home in Fairfield, Connecticut. But as the mother of four boys, she also manages a busy household, so she needs a kitchen that serves as the center of the action, too.

While it’s common for the kitchen to be the place where everyone wants to gather, this kitchen is unusual because there’s actually room for everyone. “We didn’t want a family room with a television where the kids would hang out,” says Cricket. “Instead, we wanted the kitchen to be the hub and hearth of the household.”

Clever storage for bread, spices, and dishes

Efficiency takes many forms in the Winton kitchen.

A shallow cabinet that’s just for spice jars is carved out of one end of the work island. .
Instead of a breadbox, a bread drawer allows for more space on the countertop
Closely spaced shelving for platters gives each oversize dish a home of its own, and solves the problem of unwieldy stacks of dishes.
A faucet near the stove lets Cricket fill stockpots on the spot.
A blackboard, opposite the kitchen door, serves as a message center.
Of her desk, set right in the midst of the kitchen, Cricket says simply, “I call it Mission Control.”


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