Kitchen on the Half Shell
Waterfront living inspires a laid-back lifestyle, but that doesn't mean there aren't certain issues to consider when cooking up your coastal kitchen.
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As for materials, Deborah likes natural stone and ceramics, and says that they should be time-tested. One necessary splurge: a high-quality exhaust fan for the kitchen to channel fishy odors outside and keep the house smelling like the sea, not what's in it.
Duval advocates buying time-saving appliances like microwaves that speed- or steam-cook vegetables. A griddle also makes preparing the water's bounty a snap to keep both healthy and tasty. Look for one that features removable surfaces for easy cleanups.
"You may love your vacation home," says Deborah, "but the reason you really bought it was for the outdoors, so spend your time outside, not cleaning up the kitchen."