Kitchen caboodle 

Culinary Kitchen
By: Mark Hancock

Believe it or not, the right kitchenware can spark some excitement.

Enter Culinary Kitchen (7222 N. Western; 418-4884). Replace eating straight from a takeout box with Red Vanilla bone china dishes. After all, the colorful and good-for-you meals that you’re so proud of cooking deserve to be displayed properly.

Don’t let those nourishing practices end at home. Take leftovers to work the next day to guard against a fast-food slip or overindulgent meal. Check out Culinary Kitchen’s acrylic, dishwasher-safe and brightly colored silverware.

Starting from scratch with kitchen gear? Grab a variety of baking and cooking essentials, too.

Speaking of essentials: Need some help in the cooking department? The International Pantry in Norman (1618 W. Lindsey; 360-0765) begins classes in February, with a schedule set to be released later this month. Last year, classes covered knife skills, tailgating cuisine and pressure cooking.

Aside from cooking classes, this shop, which has been in business since 1978, offers a range of items like cookware, bakeware, cutlery and a 56-foot wall stocked with gadgetry.

Maybe, more than things to store in your cabinets, you need actual cabinets themselves. Edmond Kitchen and Bath (243 N. Broadway; 285-1926) in Edmond can get you fixed up.

Owner Robert Helms said his company, in its 12th year, offers clients the design-and-build option.

“We design it. We build it. We do the entire thing from the initial ‘Here’s what I want’ all the way down to the final sweeping of a project,” he said.

Helms said he meets with each client to establish if it’s a good fit to work together. If so, the first step is establishing a budget, which dictates much of the job.

His team works with Hahn Appliances to stay up with trends.

“You can get a steam oven. So there’s no microwave, because a lot of health-conscious people don’t want a microwave,” said Helms. “You can put in a bowl of raw broccoli and tell it you want it al dente — they’ve got built-in programs — and it’ll steam it.”

He said more than 80 percent of his customers return with other home projects ranging from master bathrooms to wet bars.

Whether you need kitchen toys, cooking lessons or an actual, honest-to-goodness kitchen, the metro is filled with such options. Let’s shop, OKC!

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