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Why My Kitchen is the Heart of the Home


Whenever someone asks me what my favorite room is, I always say it’s the kitchen. Not just for the way it’s decorated, but for what it means on a daily basis. The kitchen is where you provide nourishment for your family. It’s where loved ones come together during the holidays and special gatherings. And of course you remember the saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” The kitchen provides our sustenance through food, but it’s also where special connections are made.
An American Farmhouse KitchenMy kitchen is simple and a little old-fashioned. I love baking cookies and making homemade meals for my family in my farmhouse kitchen. Some people don’t like cooking, but I enjoy putting a little creativity and passion into what I make. Food brings people together and more often than not, people flock to the kitchen when they get together for celebrations.
 

Tomatoes ready for canning and preservingThis time of year is especially enjoyable in the kitchen because I can pull produce from my vegetable garden or the local farmer’s market and make a variety of tasty food. Lately I’ve been exploring making food from a variety of cultures. America is considered a melting pot and we’re lucky to have access to such a diverse range of cultures and food.

 

Roma Tomatoes for Spaghetti SauceI find inspiration from other cooks, like some of the chefs you see on cooking shows… whether amateurs competing against one another or professionals like Giada or Bobby Flay. Hubby and I especially enjoy Anthony Bourdain because he introduces you to a variety of food and cultures that you might never think about.

 

Tomato Sauce made from scratchYes, it takes a little more effort to create food from scratch or try meals from other cultures, but that’s where the love comes in! For me, cooking for others is an expression of love and trying new things in the kitchen is an adventure.

 

Summer Harvest in a Farmhouse KitchenYou don’t need a lot of fancy gadgets to be successful in the kitchen, but quality appliances are important for cooking consistency. Like GE Appliances which have been in American homes since 1905. For a hundred and ten years, GE has been a part of the changing ways people cook, celebrate, live, and shape family life at home in America.

I’ve recently been inspired by GE’s documentary series, Our American Kitchen. One of the stories that stands out for me is “The Richards Family – Built with Love.” Their family includes 5 adopted children, three from Vietnam and 2 from Africa. They cook meals that are popular in their children’s homeland.

 

Watch the video and see how this family bonds in the kitchen and over meals.

 

Another inspirational story is “Chase’s Cooking Show” which features an autistic young man who found new purpose and passion through cooking. It’s truly an amazing story that I think you’ll love!

What does the American Kitchen mean to you? Tell me in the comments in three sentences or less and you’ll be entered to win a GE Cafe™ Series Refrigerator worth $3,100! Entries from participating blogs will be pooled and one winner will be chosen at random.

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58 Comments

  1. My American kitchen means family, love, fun, and wonderful memories. We cook and bake together-all three generations! It’s where we nourish our bodies, but most importantly our souls, by being together and sharing.

  2. My kitchen means love and devotion! It is were I show my love to my family and were we gather to share our lives!

  3. When I think of my kitchen that I have used for 48+ years, I see the two little toddlers who first called this home. Then I see their youger brothers and sister, the many family and friends who have found their way here, and have found love and plenty of food. Happy days!

  4. The american kitchen sets the tone for all of the family life, Its where we eat, talk over problems and connect at the end of
    the day. I’ts where we celebrate living.

  5. After 20 years of marriage and three children almost grown, we are finally preparing to buy our first home! Though we’ve rented all these years I still have amazing memories of teaching my children to cook as well as many young people without parents to teach them. Where else, but in the kitchen can you bridge any age gap, cultural gap, social gap but in the kitchen baking cookies and creating treats for family and friends?

  6. As a senior, I am returning to my home land in the suburbs of Atlanta GA. My dream is that of a gathering room/kitchen where my family and friends can enjoy being with one another.

  7. The American Kitchen to me is like the heart of the home. It is where meals are made with love and care. It is also where family can come together to work and share in laughter and brings back memories from when you were little and cooked with your mom or other adult. 

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  8. American Kitchen, as with others, epitomizes the heart and soul of family. It is the heartthrob of the family, where lessons are taught and learned, worship is giving to the Father and learning of His Love, is shared, where day to day activities… school lessons, projects, meals, heart to hearts take place. It is the souls’ meeting place for the clan.

  9. I don’t blame you, your kitchen is so pretty, charming and warm, Jennifer.
    I too love my kitchen the most and love cooking to cook, specially baking for the holidays… for any holyday, that is!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

  10. My kitchen is the place where we cook good food to nourish our bodies. We say a prayer before each meal to thank the good Lord for our food. Our kitchen table is where my family sits to enjoy our food, and we always end up laughing at some pretty good and funny conversations.

  11. American Kitchen to me means that it’s the place in the home that families spend the most time together, catching up and enjoying meals and time together.
    Thanks so much.

  12. To me, American Kitchen means a place where my family shares happy memories together. We love creating good meals that nourish our bodies and our souls.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  13. Our American kitchen is where food, love and conversation are shared. Everyone who enters our home always ends up in the kitchen, just like at parties. We love to cook for any food lifestyle since that is where creativity and food is fun!

  14. When I was a little girl my sister and I would play this game in our kitchen where one person closes their eyes and the other person goes into the fridge and no finds something to place in the mouth of the person with their eyes shut. Oh was that ever fun! We’d start out nice…and no pickle or olive, a piece of cheese but then kids being kids we’d always have to get a spoonful of hot sauce or horse radish in! We still laugh about it to this day! And if we had a friend over, better yet!
    American kitchen means, Mom’s venison roasts and apple pies. Lots of love and laughs.

  15. To me, the American Kitchen refers to the heart of every home. Families all over America gather together, share great food, cook together, entertain friends and family, work on homework with their kids, and so much more every single day right in the kitchen. American Kitchen=Love.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. The American Kitchen to me means family. Our kitchen is where we come together at the end of everyday to connect and give thanx for all our many blessings. It is a place that we also teach from doing homework together to even making dinner together.

  17. To me, Kitchen is family. Growing up on a large farm where so much of life was centralized in the kitchen, it was instilled in me at an early age that the family – and love – comes together in the kitchen. I still believe in that fully today!

  18. The American Kitchen means, love, family, food and fun. Our kitchen is the focal point of our home. It’s where our meals and conversations bring us closer as a family. It’s where entertaining with friends and family brings joy and laughter.
    It’s memories of baking and cooking with my daughter. Our American Kitchen is our favorite room to be in.

  19. My American kitchen gives me a place to show my English husband and Australian born daughter how easy it is to blend all three countries into one delicious place. I love to cook them their favorite meals and to introduce them to all of my own American favorites. It is a place for me to show them how much I love them through food.

  20. No matter the home or the kitchen, the American kitchen is where everyone always gathers to have conversation and share the days/months/years activities. There is a lot of laughter, love, passion and excitement that takes place in this very special place. It is the most important room in your house. It should be warm and inviting.

  21. The American kitchen means the place where family and friends get together, at the end of a long day or holidays/events, to relax and enjoy meals and conversation. The favorite place to hang out in the house.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  22. The American Kitchen is a place where memories are made, where stories are shared, and where love is reinforced. Food has always been a central feature complementing the most important events in life (holidays, weddings, birthdays, etc). This makes the American Kitchen a central feature of American life as well.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  23. I’ve lived in many places throughout my life and the kitchen has always been the center of our family home. We gather to enjoy meals, to learn to cook new foods and to share our day. It’s full of memories and love.

  24. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where the family comes together. It’s where dinner is made, kids learn to cook, lunches are prepped, Christmas cookies are baked, and family and friends come together!

  25. I learned many things spending time in my grandma’s kitchen when I was growing up, cooking and baking with love from my heart. My kitchen today is the hub of activity with our kids doing homework, snacking, preparing and eating food. Family dinners play a key role for us as they did when I was growing up.

  26. The kitchen is the place where our family gathers for conversation and nourishment over a wonderful meal that we prepared together.

  27. The American Kitchen is the place where everyone comes together at some point of the day. It’s a place where stories are told, plans are made, and moments are shared. Someone can always be found in the Kitchen and just about any point of the day. In our house, it’s where everyone enters and leaves.

  28. to me, the American kitchen means a place where I look forward to spending quality time with my family- where we sit together, converse & enjoy a meal or even cook together #SweepstakesEntry

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  29. It means a spot for us to be a family and a favorite place for my babies to help me make meals and other goodies from the height of their little step stool.

  30. #SweepstakesEntry – comment

    I feel the American Kitchen is the most important room in a house for the family as
    it is where we all grow. Not just growing from eating nutritious food prepared in the kitchen
    but growing (closer) as a family & individuals as we come together to eat, relax, converse & work on projects.

    KC
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  31. The american kitchen means to me a place to cook food from the heart. It’s a place for family members to gather just to sit and talk and catch up. it’s a place for families to sit and eat a home cooked meal together.

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  32. MY AMERICAN KITCHEN is the hub or our home, it is where we all gather as a family. It is where memories are made, where new and old family traditions begin and happen. My little artist create pieces of art here and the entire family plays games at the kitchen table. All and all I would say it is the most important room in our home!