Before we had modern conveniences, the American kitchen wasn’t meant as a gathering spot for entertaining family and friends. Since there were many more steps to cooking and creating meals in the early days of our country, the kitchen was the workhorse of the home, as opposed to being the heart of the home. But today, thanks primarily to the evolution of appliances, the kitchen has become the place where we feed our loved ones and nourish our souls at the same time.
It’s at kitchen tables like this one where ideas are exchanged and memories are made across America. I love my little dining nook in my circa 1875 farmhouse kitchen where I can enjoy small gatherings over a warm, home-cooked meal.
My kitchen is over 100 years old and I often wonder what it looked like in the late 1800s. It certainly wouldn’t have my GE Appliances stove and oven, since GE Appliances stove entered the American home in 1905.
When I think of the American kitchen, I’m reminded of my grandmother and mother clad in their pretty aprons, creating meals and memories for our family. Holidays were always about food, family, and spending most of the day in the kitchen.
While I certainly enjoy the conveniences of modern appliances in my kitchen when I create meals from scratch, I still like to keep its ambiance of farmhouse charm. I enjoy romanticizing what life must have been like when the Nash family moved into this house 140-some years ago.
American families and lifestyles have certainly evolved since then. And for 110 years, GE Appliances has been a part of the changing ways people live, play, cook, and celebrate family life at home in America.
You can learn more about the diversity of the American kitchen in the new documentary series, Our American Kitchen. You’ll learn the struggles and celebrations of various American families, as told from the heart of the home. One story of particular interest to me is a couple with 5 adopted children from Vietnam to Africa. Their kitchen became an integral way to introduce the kids to American culture. I can’t wait to see it — their stories are coming soon, so stay tuned!
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