Men in the Kitchen: The Gen “Y” Guy
This week’s post in the series “Men in the Kitchen” features Graham, a twenty-something, Gen Y bachelor. Graham currently lives in a rental apartment, works full time as an “expert” for Apple and is pursuing his Master’s degree at Florida International University. Admittedly, it doesn’t give him much time to cook but he says it’s something he’d like to do more of at some point. Here’s what he has to say about cooking from his own unique perspective:
KFL: How often do you cook and what is your specialty?
Graham: Pasta Bolognese, and I cook perhaps 2 times a week. Since I don’t have a lot of time for meal planning and cooking, I like to cook things that will give me leftovers for the rest of the week. I enjoy pasta and it’s perfect for that.
KFL: What are the top three tools you can’t live without in the kitchen?
Graham: Microwave oven, tongs, and a good knife. The microwave is a must for those leftovers I mentioned. Tongs are the perfect tool for so many things from serving salad to pasta to cooking bacon. Then a good knife is a no-brainer and I think that’s going to make everyone’s list! Another gadget I use a lot is my Sodastream. If you like bubbles, this allows you to make just about any drink into soda. It saves me money on beverages too.
KFL: If you could change one thing about your kitchen, what would it be?
Graham: I would update it! Since I live in an apartment the style of the kitchen is a bit reminiscent of the 80’s. Though I’m also a product of the 80s, it’s not necessarily what I’d like as my kitchen. I can’t update it but I add personal elements here and there to make it my own. When I buy my own home, hopefully in the next 5 years or so, it will be important to me to have an open plan kitchen so I can interact with the rest of the house while I’m cooking. My current apartment does have a pantry which I’m loving. My goal is to invest in some really nice containers so I can organize everything to keep food fresh. Since I’m usually cooking for one, I end up storing a lot of opened ingredients.
Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.