Slideshow: Behind the Scenes in Maggie's Home Kitchen (and Bar)

It's back there!
It's back there!

This is the view from my front door: the kitchen is in the right-hand corner of our all-purpose living/dining/cooking space. Luckily, the counter is high enough to hide any dirty dishes. And the hobbit door on the right under our neighbor's stairs works as a crawl-in pantry.

Looking inside
Looking inside

Another angle. Tall cupboards are awesome except that I need to keep a ladder on hand to reach the shelves.

Cheerio and coffee corner
Cheerio and coffee corner

Shall we go from left to right? On the counter: salt, olive oil, assorted tea, spoons and tools, blender, SodaStream, espresso maker. The espresso maker is a Breville Barista Express that Breville sent to me to try out. It makes damn good espresso for a home machine. We generally don't use its internal grinder, instead opting for the Baratza shown, but due to a broken part we haven't gotten fixed yet, we're using the Breville's handy grinder these days. Next to the coffeemaker is an electric kettle, which I really couldn't live without. Not just for tea—I use it to boil water quickly for cooking, too. Much faster than stovetop. Next to the coffee grinder is our little compost bin: compost is compulsory in San Francisco, and I love it. No need to tend your own compost pile; they just provide a separate bin for trash day. The little shelf on the left is probably meant for cookbooks, but we use it for tea and Cheerios. We added the Ikea pot rack to hold small saucepans and my Scanpan.

Spice racks
Spice racks

These spinning wheels are my spice racks, with spices mostly bought in bulk at Rainbow Grocery and put in generic containers that we sometimes remember to put labels on. I try to keep 'sweet' spices like cinnamon and cloves on one side and 'savory' ones like cumin and cayenne on the other side, but sometimes they migrate. The grinder in front is for whole nutmeg.

Oils and flavorings
Oils and flavorings

Above the spice rack, I keep oils, vinegars, liquid sweeteners, and stuff like soy sauce. I really can't reach the top shelf, so cocktail glasses I never use live there.

Cutting board storage
Cutting board storage

I hate having a stack of different-sized cutting boards, and my mother came up with this solution: a little divider that allows you to grab the cutting board you want without having to pull it out from under the others.

Top half of the fridge
Top half of the fridge

I go out often and tend to shop for dinner day-of, so my fridge tends to look a little sad. The odd food assortment I have, though, does keep me fed for quick weekday lunches. On the top shelf: gochujang, local kimchi, eggs (and Luxardo cherries behind them.) In the middle: Punt e Mes, wine, beer, yogurt, amazing tiny Kishu mandarins, a pitcher of iced tea, yuba, miso, cabbage, and assorted citrus + awesome local kiwis. If you like fruit, you should really move to California.

Rest of the fridge
Rest of the fridge

My crisper drawers mostly hold leftovers from our giant beer map project plus a few newer releases. Other than that: milk, kefir for smoothies, awesome chorizo from Fatted Calf, sour cream, salsa, and cooked Rancho Gordo Beans from Local Mission Market. (Taco salad night is my favorite night.) And wine, because my house is full of wine.

Freezer
Freezer

My freezer is mostly packed with beef and pork from Good Eggs waiting to be cooked, but there's also some awesome ice cream (from Ici in Berkeley), and homemade stock, plus frozen brown rice, which is a really good base for a quick lunch.

All the rest
All the rest

There's not enough room in our kitchen for my glassware collection or even for much in the way of serving dishes, not to mention the booze that finds its way here for review or cocktail testing. Also, I bought a ton of cheap wine glasses at Costco for parties.

The whiskey shelf
The whiskey shelf

Scotch, rye, and bourbon live here. Below: soup plates, which are somewhere between a bowl and a plate and pretty much my favorite kind of dishware.

Liqueurs and Amari
Liqueurs and Amari

You can probably spot Aperol, St. George Absinthe, Chartreuse, Benedictine, Amaro Montenegro, Cynar, Laird's Applejack, Leopold's Fernet, and St. Germain. There are others too. The shelf below holds cocktail glasses for photo shoots.

Thirsty?
Thirsty?

Flutes, highballs, and assorted cocktail glasses I've collected over the years.

My favorites
My favorites

My classy great grandmother bought these colored glasses at a dime store.