Hi! Welcome to Tiny Kitchen Cuisine. My name is Valerie and I whip up the goodies around here. I built Tiny Kitchen Cuisine to to teach you how cook great food in a tiny kitchen. Whether you’re in a tiny house, small apartment, or an RV, I bring you recipes, cooking techniques, and ideas to master your small space.
My recipes consist of original creations and adapted classics that focus on using simple ingredients and tools that are common to most tiny kitchens. Many recipes also have short cooking videos, so you can even watch how it’s made before you get started.
How It All Began
In 2014, I began traveling the United States full-time in a 24-foot RV with my at the time husband and our two dogs. While it may sound like we were having an amazing life of hiking, tourism, and travel… we were still living. We worked; we hung out at home; and we liked to eat!
When I first moved into that tiny space, I found that many recipes can be really difficult to make. Living with and cooking in a tiny kitchen has many unique concerns that most food blogs don’t address. Many recipes use fancy (and bulky!) equipment, hard-to-get ingredients, require a ton of dishes, and need a lot of counter space to work. None of that was going to happen in our house without some major tweaks and a good deal of trial-and-error.
That’s why I created Tiny Kitchen Cuisine. I’ve dedicated myself to troubleshooting cooking techniques and recipes to work specifically for tiny kitchens that have limited space, tools, and other resources. Everything you see here is made in my tiny kitchen.
I’ve since parted ways with the husband and the original RV. The dogs and I are now in a gorgeous 30-foot fifth wheel RV and are temporarily stationed in western Oregon. My tiny kitchen has expanded greatly, but it’s still small and I’m remaining true to my roots. I’ve been gardening heavily in an attempt to grow a self-sustainable amount of food in a little space. I also volunteer at least one day each week with the local Gleaners group where we contribute to feeding the local food-insecure population; providing food for over 1000 meals a week.
First Time At Tiny Kitchen Cuisine?
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What You Will Find
- Recipes that use fresh or homemade ingredients.
My pantry is small and my expectations are high, so I try to cook from scratch as much as possible. There are certain exceptions, but in order to maximize my storage space (and stay healthy) I like to avoid having a ton of packaged foods around.
- Details about resource usage like water, power, or space.
Living in an RV, I have limitations on certain resources and you might too. Each recipe specifically discusses what to expect both during and after preparation. Additionally, cooking in a smaller space tends to take longer. I also include advice on how to prepare and store recipes and ingredients so you can save time later on.
- Short cooking videos.
Alongside most of my recipes, I record the preparation process. It’s always useful to get an idea of how a recipe is made before you start. Each cooking video is about a minute long and highlights the ingredients and procedures involved in making the dish.
- Helpful tips for living small.
Pantry and refrigerator organization, storage, meal planning, and natural cleaning methods are all very important when you’re working in just a few feet. I’m here to work out these issues so you don’t have to!
- Spicy food.
I love spicy food and since everything I post is also something that I eat, you can find quite a few fiery concoctions. Not every recipe is spicy, but when it’s called for, you can expect me to bring the heat.
What You Won’t Find
- Recipes that I haven’t made in my tiny kitchen.
I wasn’t always cooking in a tiny kitchen, so I have a lot of dishes that I know how to make. However, if I haven’t made it in my tiny kitchen, you won’t see it here. There’s no point in sharing something if I can’t contribute first-hand experience on how it’s done in a small space.
- Fancy appliances or equipment.
Space is an absolute premium when you’re living small. The tools that I use are common, everyday items that often have multiple uses in the kitchen. Not everyone owns a KitchenAid™ mixer with 50 quart mixing bowl, a sous vide water oven, or a blast chiller. I pay attention to uncommon kitchen items, avoid most unitaskers, and provide alternate methods whenever possible.
- Sponsored posts and products I don’t trust.
If I don’t believe in using a product, you won’t find me pushing it. Keeping the lights on is great and all, but I’m running Tiny Kitchen Cuisine because I love food and I think my techniques and ideas will help others eat and live better in their tiny spaces. Any specific brand or product that I do happen to promote is one whose quality I stand behind.
Recipe Use, Photography, and Licensing
Please obtain permission if you would like to use an image or video from this site. Do not crop or remove watermarks from photos or videos. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of these materials without express and written permission is prohibited.
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