Musical Kitchens: A Playlist of Kitchen Moods

Musical Kitchens: A Playlist of Kitchen Moods

Grace Shu
Oct 8, 2009

Ah yes...forgive us, we have to indulge once again with one of our musical playlists--except this time, we're taking a cue from a few inspiring things going on: We've chosen to pair colorful kitchens (in honor of our Color Contest 2009) with not only songs; but also with some of our favorite recipes from The Kitchn. See what's cooking (and playing!) after the jump...

There's a few interesting ideas going on in this kitchen: Camouflaging the refrigerator with matching wallpaper; using pink as the accent color...These little things add an element of surprise to this kitchen. Another surprise? The fact that this Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson song isn't THAT bad. It's catchy and cute, although I do find myself wondering how Zooey Deschanel would sound if she had sung it instead...

Craving even more pink? How about baking a Hot Pink Raspberry Cake?

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Here's a nice example of mixing different styles and colors fearlessly....and yet, it all seems to work. This eclectic kitchen gets a jolt of personality by combining a few rustic elements with modern pieces. We love how vibrant the orange and red pop out from the calm blue backsplash and muted silver cabinets. (Also, does the lamp look like a tea strainer, or is that just us?) For this kitchen, we're going with an oldie but goodie for both the song AND the recipe:

And from the Kitchn: Kevin's Spicy Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp

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This kitchen uses a mostly neutral color palette with a hint of pale pink, taking cues from the simple, natural finish of wood thanks to the butcher block countertop. With that in mind, we chose a simple, wistful song to go with it:

Since we're working with simple, natural themes, the most logical choice is a simple, easy recipe that focuses on the basics: Beginner Sourdough Loaf

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How fun is this kitchen? We're loving the casual feel of it: the eating area feels like a hodge-podge of vintage diner chairs and a hand-me-down dining table; while the sleek cabinets and stainless steel appliances create a nice juxtaposition with the worn hardwood floor. In the same vein, here's one of our favorite songs to dance to...

Inspired by that brilliant red wall, not to mention that fall is right around the corner (if not banging on the door), we picked this seasonal favorite: Spiced apple cider....Need something a little stronger? Check out a few fresh apple cider cocktails.

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It's been said that the kitchen is the most "lived-in" room in the home...and judging from this photo, it definitely looks it. From the cabinets proudly displaying children's drawings to the mismatched oversized knobs, we love the cozy and inviting look of this kitchen. Also, that hanging mobile is a pretty cool idea. This kitchen reminds me of my parents' kitchen growing up, which is why I picked this song and recipe. Whenever I hear this Neil Young tune, I get a bit nostalgic...

Oh man. Talk about comfort food: Baked Apple Streusel Pancake Bars.

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