Take Your Kitchen Outdoors

Savor the peaceful pleasure of your rural property with an outdoor culinary center.

| May/June 2008

Ask Deborah Maneval about her outdoor kitchen and she immediately responds with great enthusiasm.

“I love my outdoor kitchen and cook everything there, including bacon and eggs for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. I use it throughout the year, even in winter,” says Maneval, who lives on four scenic acres surrounded by farms and country roads in Hawthorn Woods, a rural community in northern Illinois.

She extols the benefits of her full-service outdoor kitchen, which is complete with grill, refrigerator, sink, bread warmer and bar counter that seats six.

“It’s so gorgeous out here, I don’t want to leave,” she says. From her outdoor kitchen, Maneval can see pine trees, rolling hills and her two ponds – one features a pair of waterfalls and is home to a school of koi. She also enjoys her flowers, cultivated in the English garden style and mingled with her favorite herbs, including rosemary, lavender and basil.

Feast your eyes

If you love living in the country, you don’t have to be stuck indoors at mealtimes. With an outdoor kitchen you can cook and dine, grill and chill, all while feasting your eyes on the beauty around you and immersing yourself in nature’s best. What better way to relax with family and friends than to prepare and share a meal as the sun sets and the stars rise?

With a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, you needn’t leave guests unattended. And with sufficient counter, grilling and cooking space, meal preparation outdoors can be pleasurably shared. Here are practical tips for creating an outdoor kitchen that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle, climate, landscape, cooking needs and budget.

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