We are planning a major kitchen/mushroom/family room overhaul. (Best as I can tell current situation las updated in early 70s, including appliances-it's time!)
We are casual cooks - we have youngish kids, a busy schedule, a conservative budget, and overall NOT a pristine household. Wets rely entertain these days, but I'm hoping to do more, as I love a casual dinner with friends. We are working with an architect and I have read just about every book/magazine about kitchens that is out there. So I feel we are getting good professional advice.
What I'm hoping to get from Food52ers is something I can't get from all that: what's your favorite thing about your kitchen? What's the one thing about which you say to yourself, years later, "so glad I have that!" ?
I know kitchens are especially personal, and not everything works for everyone (or every lifestyle or budget or cuisine), but still I'd love to hear about the thing that still wows you.