Hi there! We are Christine and Steve – a lawyer and an engineer by day, a cook and a homebrewer by night/weekened/any minute of free-time. Whether it is creating a new dish for the first time or brewing our favorite Saison once again, we love spending time in the kitchen – though not necessarily together and at the same time. The Coveted Kitchen is a tribute to our two passions and the adventures that we have fitting them into a little suburban kitchen in New Jersey.
About the Food
Sharing a food blog between an herbivore and an omnivore may seem like a challenge, but we agree that when the food is good, categorizing the diet is not so important. Ironically, the most common question Christine faces when explaining her diet to people is, “But what does Steve eat?” Well, we cook vegan meals at home with some flexibility for Steve to add meat or dairy to his dish if he so wishes. You can expect to find recipes for plant-based deliciousness that everyone will love.
About the Beer
Steve has been brewing his own beer since 2010. To learn more about our homebrew setup, check out this post: Armistice Brewing Co.
About the Cats
We share our home with two adorable (yet destructive) cats – Lucas and Tonks.
Lucas was adopted from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital where he had spent the beginning of his life as a blood-donor for sick and injured cat-patients in need of a blood transfusion. Because Lucas has Type-B blood (very rare) and wasn’t needed to donate full-time, we were able to adopt him and bring him home with the promise to return to the hospital whenever a patient needed his blood… Which usually ended up occurring around 2am on a weeknight. So for several years, Lucas made regular trips to Penn Vet to help save the life of of an unfortnuate kitty. Lucas has since retired as a blood donor and enjoys his time chewing up any piece of paper he can find and overseeing brew days from his spot on top of the refrigerator.
We adopted Tonks last year from Green Street Rescue. Tonks was found in Philly around 10 months old, dirty, cold, and living with his siblings in a concrete parking lot. The great people at Green Street scooped him up, and it is so clear that this cat would not have survived on the city streets for long. He is most certainly the prima-dona of the household and is the sweetest, and dumbest, cat we have ever known. He takes to spending most of his day in the supine position, waiting for meals and belly-rubs.
About the Dogs
Not long after moving to New Jersey, we decided to add two more to our crew – meet Flash and Sadie.
We adopted Flash from West Jersey Volunteers for Animals in June of 2014. He was found as a stray in the South and luckily found his way to the wonderful people at WJVA. Our best guess is that Flash is a Carolina dog, also known as the Dixie Dingo. He is incredibly loyal and high energy. We learned after having him for only a month that he desperately needed a puppy sibling to play with…
Enter Sadie. We found this lovely girl in searching for a collie to add to our pack and came across Collie and Ibizan Rescue of Central New Jersey. She certainly seems to be more of a huskey mix – super high energy and slightly crazy. Sadie’s nicknames include Flight Risk and Culprit which should be very telling of her personality. While she may be a handful, she is also the most affectionate dog ever, and she absolutely loves her kitten siblings.