Visit the Kitchen

Come on in! Sit a spell, I’ll make you a cup of coffee or tea while we chew the fat. I have joined my friend Penny of Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen’s 2nd Annual Kitchen Reveal. Like Penny, I am a nosey gal and like to peek into the windows of others’ homes so I thought maybe y’all would like to see a little more of Big Red Kitchen. Now you will know where I write, cook, and sip my coffee. Welcome!

In the above photo on the left you can see my Wall of Fame, an ever changing wall of photos of friends and family. Designed by me and built by my Father-in-Law, Bob.

Here is the Big Red Kitchen office were I sit and write. It is cozy and not a very far commute. My Cuckoo Clock from Germany keeps me on track.

When most enter BRK, they look straight up at the 14 foot peaked ceiling, skylights, and wall of windows. I designed my drapes and my Mother-in-Law Mary Lou made them for me. On top of my cupboards you can see my Grandmother, Vincenza’s Turkey Platter. At the peak of the wall you can spy my PA Dutch Hex sign that reads Wilkom, I attended college in PA.

You are all familiar with this shot as it is my header up there on These items stay out all the time. I call it a working kitchen, others (Ma) may call it a mess. Let me explain some things…

I cook with plenty of olive oil and red wine and always keep plenty on hand. The yellow French pottery holds my Kosher salt, the tiny white crock holds my Herbes de Provence. The wooden “Masher” was my Grandfather Giuseppe’s, I use it to smash fresh garlic. Now on the right of my cooktop…

Here we have the espresso station. That Cobalt Blue- to die for! espresso machine has been going strong for 15 years. I keep the sugar, utensils, and toppings in an acrylic cosmetic holder I found in Target. You can see we really go through the cinnamon, must buy more!

The Big Chill and The Two Hotties, a gal’s favorite servants. Who says a girl can’t have servants?

The microwave is nicely tucked out of sight giving me more counter space. That’s Mr. Doots, my teenager who I cannot keep full! He is eating a cheese steak for breakfast. Sigh.

On the opposite side of the microwave are shelves for a few of my cookbooks and tin collection.

I love to listen to my North Country Wind Bells, the prettiest sound outside Big Red Kitchen.

My table and chairs are hand-me-downs from neighbors. My MIL made the table cloth from a bolt of Waverly that she and I found on deep discount. My FIL covered the chair cushions in the same material. I gave the table that Italian look by topping it with a clear plastic table cover.

Here is my Chocolate Cabinet, filled with all things chocolate and candy making. You can see the boys’ Red Ryder BB Gun next to the cabinet. They have a shooting range out back.

One of the greatest places in BRK is the walk-in pantry. This is where I sneak snacks. Shhhhh. Here is the inside…

Ma comes over every few months to straighten the pantry up for me, if not it would be a mess. Gotta love my Ma!

Thanks for visiting Big Red Kitchen. Oh, on your way out, see that pull-up bar above the door in my Dining Room? Yeah, that’s how this girl earns her calories for cooking all this good food. Do a few with me, it will make you feel good.

Want your own red kitchen? Above is the sticker on the paint can responsible for Big Red Kitchen.

Thanks Penny! I enjoyed opening Big Red Kitchen for all to see. I can’t wait to see all the other kitchens.

Don’t forget to come back on December 1st, as I have turned BRK into an Advent Calender, something new everyday for 25 days!


  1. Karan Ogilvie
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

    Robin sue,
    Thank you for sharing your fabulous Big Red Kitchen! It looks like a wonderful place to cook, work on your blog, and to spend time with your family. Good luck filling up that teenage boy! I really enjoy your blog. Take care.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted July 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

      Thank you Karen, happy you dropped by to say hi!

  2. Diane Boudreau
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 5:01 AM | Permalink

    I love, love, love your Red kitchen. Today was first visit and I will be back! Keep the good stuff comin’ and smile… makes folks wonder what why you are so happy.

  3. Debbie Williams
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    Hey Cousin Robin!

    I love your Big Red Kitchen! I don’t know why I didn’t see this sooner; Tell your Ma & Dad ‘hi’ for me 🙂

    Cousin Debbie from Texas

  4. leilalala
    Posted April 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM | Permalink

    Классно! Я в Восторге!

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