Hey Appliance Fans,
Remember when TLC stood for “The Learning Channel” and they actually had programming related to making you smarter? I do. By the late 90’s, they veered away from educational programming and aired such thought-provoking series like Toddlers & Tiaras and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding; cutting-edge stuff, indeed. It’s been some time since my last installment of Celebrity Kitchens (check out part 1, part 2, and part 3) so I thought doing a TLC edition would be fitting because unlike TLC shows, you will learn something in this post. Without further ado, let’s get snarky!
The Duggar Kitchen from 19 Kids and Counting
These people weird me out. There, I said it. On the bright side, they seem extremely friendly, warm, and an overall lovely family. They still weird me out. Anyway, let’s do a little math about matriarch Michelle Duggar:
Assuming each of her pregnancies took nine months, we can multiple that by the number of children (19) and get a total time of being pregnant (TTBP) of 171 months. Divide that by the number twelve and that gives us the TTBP in years of 14.25. WOW.
Here’s a fun fact about patriarch James Robert Duggar: people call him “Jim Bob” and he actually likes that. Yikes.
Let’s take a look at their kitchen:
When you’re cooking for 19 people, you need appliances. A lot of appliances. The Duggars chose Frigidaire for their kitchen. The picture below shows two 30-inch gas cooktops installed side by side. They have a 60-inch wide hood insert above the cooktop to provide ventilation, but I can’t tell what company made it. Below the cooktops are two 30-inch wall ovens from Frigidaire. The kitchen also features two dishwashers, two microwaves, and two warming drawers.
What you very often don’t see is they have a full commercial kitchen off of their main kitchen which really provides the bulk of the cooking. You can get a glimpse of the hidden kitchen in this video below when they make pie for Thanksgiving:
Kate Gosselin from Kate Plus Eight
Our showroom is located in Pennsylvania and Kate’s kitchen is located in Pennsylvania so that basically makes us long-lost friends. When she’s not annoying me, she’s annoying me. And when she’s not annoying me, she’s cooking in her Dacor kitchen. Check out Kate standing next to her 48-inch Dacor Dual-fuel range. I love this range because it has six burners instead of eight burners like many other 48-inch ranges. A six burner design instead of eight gives more working room on the cooktop. This Dacor range still has two ovens just like other models, one main oven and one companion oven. Behind her in the cabinet is a Dacor wall oven and microwave above it.
Normally, I can’t tell what type of hood insert is used in celebrity kitchens because it’s hidden behind the cabinetry. The shot below allows me to see up and into the hood and that hood insert is made by the one and only Ventahood. They manufacture some of the best range hoods on the planet. Be sure to read all about my trip to Ventahood’s headquarters.
The Little Couple
I can’t really say anything snarky about Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold, also known as The Little Couple. Any jokes would just make me look like a bully. Jennifer is a successful doctor and a cancer survivor and Bill… Well, I don’t know too much about Bill because I’m a guy and I don’t watch crappy shows like this. I watch quality programming like In Search of Bigfoot and Ancient Aliens. Anyway, to design a kitchen for the Little Couple, a lot of planning needed to be done like lowering countertops while still being able to fit appliances. I simply LOVE their appliance choice: BlueStar.
That’s a 30-inch wide French door gas wall oven by BlueStar in the background. Don’t ask me the specific color because BlueStar offers 190 different colors and my eye isn’t that good. On the countertop to their left rests a 36-inch wide BlueStar cooktop. This cooktop puts out some serious heat and is perfect for searing steaks and boiling big pots of pasta. To their right, they have a Kitchenaid dishwasher installed in the island.
The most interesting aspect of their kitchen, in my opinion, is the hood. Though it’s too hard to decipher the exact brand, we see that they opted for a chimney style hood. Normally, chimney style hoods come with a flue that can adjust for ceiling heights up to eight feet high. For ceiling heights taller than eight feet, manufacturers offer longer accessory flues for nine or ten foot ceilings. In the case of the Little Couple’s kitchen, they needed a much longer flue because of their lowered countertops. They more than likely contracted a sheet metal fabricator to create a custom flue to reach the ceiling because I don’t know of a brand that sells chimneys like that.
Incidentally, we’ll be having another BlueStar day in our showroom on Wednesday, August 6th from 6-8:00pm. Order any BlueStar range and receive a free color upgrade or purchase a BlueStar rangetop or cooktop and receive a free knob color upgrade!
Mamma June’s Kitchen from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
I really wish Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was called There Goes Honey Boo Boo, because this family’s 15 minutes of fame should be up by now. In the hierarchy of dumbing down America, I can’t think of another show that sits above this one. I won’t go into too much detail about their kitchen other than to say they mimic the Duggars with some Frigidaire products, but you can check out this video to get a tour of their house. A quick tip if you ever visit them: Don’t, I repeat DON’T sit on their couch.
As a side note, we carry every brand mentioned in this post. Until next time, America!