My favorite outdoor kitchen


This is my all time fave outdoor kitchen. We call it the Cabana Kitchen.

It is steps away from the Pacific Ocean. Steps. Maybe 25 steps. I have seen the Pacific Ocean wash into this kitchen during one particularly high tide and storm. Yes, I was scared spitless.

It was built as an outdoor cooking spot for some friends who used to park their motor home a few feet away. Over the years, we have made several, um, improvements. For instance: party lights. We always have a string of party lights ’round the roof. A few weeks ago, we put a new string up, all white. I can tell you now, this is NOT going to work. All white is NOwhere near as festive as the multicolored Christmas lights we have come to adore. (Note to self, take several strings of multicolored party lights to beach next time you go.)

There’s plenty of hot water. Yes, Virginia, HOT water and running water. There is a hot water tank under the sink. We have a sink. It drains into the shrubs. So, of course, we use biodegradable dishsoap. We have a two burner camp stove and propane tanks to keep the fire going. We have a campfire ring because we accept no substitutes when it comes to making ‘smores. We have power so you can fire up the blender or cook under the lights or sizzle up an electric frypan. We have pots and pans and dishes. No Wolf or Viking or Aga here. No Subzero. Ever.

At the right time of year, you can catch Dungeness crabs in the surf and cook them in the pot on the stove. Campfire grilled oysters and clam chowder, anyone?

I share this kitchen with you because I love outdoor cooking. I have seen a lot of outdoor kitchens the last few years, and yet I know of none better used or loved than this one. You need a roof to keep you safe from the elements, rain or too much sun (this cook can be a delicate little flower), some running water (garden hose will do), a big ol’ dishpan/washtub for cleaning up, a place to chop, fire and power. Oh, and people to feed.

6 thoughts on “My favorite outdoor kitchen”

  1. MA, I have I don’t know how many strings of multi-colored Christmas lights in a box in my closet. I’d happily give them to you, although it might cost more to ship them than it would to buy new ones! Let me know, tho. I hope to see that kitchen for myself some day!

  2. I LOVE it!!! I’ve got a huge streak of “Swiss Family Robinson” myself! These are obviously kindred spirits! I’ll bet the food is delicious and the company even better.

  3. Love that kitchen! I’ll bet you can cook up some good grub there and make some of those rhubarb tinis to go with it! I’ll look for my invitation in the mail! (tee hee!)

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