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Food columnist Lou Groccia learns how to live without his kitchen


Friday, September 08, 2017

My wife and I are in the midst of a kitchen renovation. This means that as I write this I am looking at our entirely empty kitchen.

Cabinets? I ripped them out with the help of strong friends.

Sink? The plumber disconnected it so I could toss it.

All our kitchen stuff? Packed in 79 boxes and carried upstairs for the interim.

We are surviving in our TV room with a Keurig and a microwave. Scattered about are paper cups, paper plates, paper bowls and plastic utensils.

Here's what I've learned:

There are cereals you can buy that come in boxes. You pour some of this stuff in a paper bowl and pour orange juice over it. Yum! That's breakfast.

There are plenty of ready-to-pick-up plastic bags full of cold cuts and sliced cheeses. With these you can make these things called sandwiches. Yum!

There are those magic words spoken often in our household. "Chinese takeout!" Double yum!!

There are friends who have us over to their homes for dinner. Bless you one and all.

There are pizza places galore within a mile of our house. Our latest was from Florence Pizza. Quite good. Have to try their grinders.

There is this new development called microwave popcorn. What a pleasant surprise!

And I discovered that there are also dozens of restaurants downtown and in Easthampton. I don't get out much. We will be visiting some of these during the next month.

Matter of fact, we just got home after having salmon and rice and salad at Paul & Elizabeth's in Northampton. Our bodies were telling us we needed a healthy meal. We had it. Quite good.

All this learning has been beneficial because my wife says that when our new kitchen is completed I won't be allowed to mess it up by cooking.

I don't think she's kidding. Time, and hand-rolled pasta, will tell.

— LOU

I hope you’re getting a dishwasher with this new kitchen of yours. They make quick work of kitchen messes. Your wife might even let you cook if you get one.

And I know what you mean. After a few days of eating out and eating takeout, all I want is a good healthy home cooked meal. Luckily, there are a lot of restaurants and places that offer fairly healthy options. But they have a way of sneaking things into the food to make it taste yummy, like a pound of butter or a cup of heavy cream. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

— LUCY