Kitchen Renovation: Day 2

Today I got the new wall up (using the cement board instead of  chalk).  Got the first part of the cabinets in, awaiting some more plumbing work tomorrow before I can put in the sink base.  Mostly, a whole bunch of piddly things that ate up the day.

Beginning to come together

Beginning to come together

Kitchen Renovation Project: Day 1

Doing some remodeling this weekend. Tearing out the old 1950s sink and cabinets.

Before

Before

 

 

No Top

No Top

 

Old Cabinets Gone

Old Cabinets Gone

 

Cleaned up with Wall out

Cleaned up with Wall out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is an old cabinet.  Which means it is built well, and very sturdy.  I had planned to attempt to remove it intact, if at all possible.  As a custom built item, I had no idea if it was built into the wall or not.  After hours of working at it, I did finally get the whole thing loose.  I had to saw it in half to get it out of the kitchen, due to the island that I had already put in.  I will try to install this cabinet + sink into the “Garage” (has been remodeled into a functional free-standing room) as part of the craft/project section of the room.

As is always the case with any project, there is always some wtf moment.  This is a pic of several hundred really old razor blades that were in the wall space:

Surprise Blades

Surprise Blades

Clam Chowder with Bacon

We had a ton of milk so we made several types of pudding and clam chowder.  I am still experimenting with my chowder recipe so I dont have anything to share just yet.  Instead of salt pork, I used Bacon this time.  I thought it was nummy.  But there are 2 houses of Baconness.  Chewy and crunchy.  I, professing of the chewy bacon religion, really enjoyed the bacony chowder with bits of bacon in it.  However, some of those whom prefer the darkside of bacon (literally), didnt care so much for the new addition to my chowder.  Heretics!

Clam Chowder with Bacon

I was still awake at 5am this morning, so I decided I might as well make breakfast (a meal I rarely partake in, mostly because I’d rather be dead than be awake at that point).

I endeavored to make my Pancake Souffle with Spiced Peach Compote (a variation off of Food Network Magazine recipe Souffle Pancake with Apple-Pear Compote).

In short, while the recipe calls for 3/4 cup Half and Half, I have previously used regular milk with no issues.  Since I am planning a Dinner Party today (more posting awaits ;D), I happen to have Heavy Cream on hand.  I naively thought to myself, “gee, I can make my own half and half.”  Thinking I was oh so clever, I added 1/3 cup heavy cream and the rest regular milk.

Instead of a beautiful puff pastry-esque souffle, I got a big flat heavy pancake ._.  It was still pretty yummy though.

Who knew?

Cream is so Heavy!