About two weeks ago my buddy had friends over to his apartment because he had gotten a new job and wanted to celebrate. He had chips and dip and other assorted snacks spread out all over his apartment and plenty of adult beverages for everyone who stopped by to say congrats. Eat, drink, be merry – that sort of thing.
But the real kicker was that he’d prepared a feast; chicken cutlets and pasta with a thick tomato sauce, to go along with a large house salad and bread sticks. I never expected my friend to be a culinary savant but I guess the lesson here is never underestimate an Italian in the kitchen. The food was delicious! By the time we were done, we were all thoroughly impressed….and totally stuffed.
We left that night excited for his new job, full of chicken, pasta, and wine, and none of us thought twice about cleaning up. Hey, it happens.
Well, I was over there again just the other night and – while he had done a decent job making his place presentable again – he had clearly forgotten about his cooktop, which we’re all guilty of from time to time (or always). I joked that the food still baked on to the surface looked just as good as when he served it to us a couple weeks earlier. It was the only thing in his apartment that didn’t go right back to looking like it had before he had guests over and, unfortunately for him, it showed.
Cooktops are a relatively small surface in a kitchen but they can really affect the overall appearance of the home. Everyone’s been a victim of a gross-looking cooktop, but it’s how you recover from that gross-looking cooktop that brings the room together. Something about that shine and reflection off the surface can really create a germ-free feel and a total sense of cleanliness.
Luckily for my friend, he knows a guy who was able to hook him up with affresh Cooktop cleaner and it made all the difference in the world. Now he just owes me another meal!