Rachael Ray might be sheltering in place at her Lake Luzerne, New York home, but she hasn’t missed a beat. Alongside her husband, John Cusimano, she’s been sharing the recipes she’s been making and her best quarantine cooking tips on her Instagram and also for the Rachael Ray Show.
On her most recent episode of the Rachael Ray Show on YouTube, she gave her viewers a peek into her beautiful kitchen and pantry. “I drew this house on a piece of paper and decorated it before it was ever built,” said Ray. It’s clear from the tour that a lot of thought and attention to detail went into how she designed these spaces.
The first thing you’ll notice is the amount of wood in her kitchen. In other kitchens it might overwhelm the space, but here it feels soft and welcoming. She has two main work spaces: a farm-style table where she puts her prep work, and her kitchen island, which is one giant butcher block so she can “chop and work anywhere.”
She also has a six-burner gas stove and a wood-fired pizza oven, two appliances that make sure her favorite recipes come out perfectly every time. “Those are my treasures,” she says. “John got a music studio; I got the stove and pizza oven.”
Ray then shows us “John’s favorite thing in the kitchen,” which is a mini indoor garden — it looks like they grow a bunch of different kinds of herbs. Near the indoor garden is John’s “baby,” she says, which is a commercial dishwasher that cleans the dishes in just 90 seconds flat. (Yes, we’re adding this to our wish list ASAP.)
To help brighten up the space and add some personality and sentimental value, Ray has hung a variety of artwork and photographs. One in particular is a painting of a donkey, which represents Ray’s mother. “My mom’s last name is Scuderi, which means donkey cart,” she said.
And last but not least is her fully stocked pantry, which has everything you’d ever want — from sauces and olive oils to spices and canned goods. It might look a little messy, but Ray says everything is in its perfect place. “It’s daunting, but I understand it,” she explains. “It’s like a desk with too many papers for some people, but they know where everything is.”