Sunday, April 26, 2009

Welcome to the Jillicious Kitchen

I really like my work space. No, let me say how I really mean it--I LOVE my work space. Since moving back home to Oregon and starting Jillicious Desserts, I am so glad to have such a great kitchen to work in. Yes, I work out of my domestic licensed home kitchen and for me it even rivals the professional kitchens that I've worked in.

I haven't always been in a kitchen with lots of space. In fact, when I lived in Palo Alto, California, I could literally stand in one spot in the kitchen and reach most all the cupboards, the sink, the stove and the refrigerator. Here's a picture of this very kitchen where I made my first official Jillicious Desserts several years ago.

Jillicious Desserts Kitchen Beginnings:
(Very small, only one-person-in-the-kitchen-at-a-time, kind of space)

The stove was smaller than a regular one and I could actually see the top of the refrigerator without standing on a stool (I'm only 5' 2") so yes, it was a short and very small refrigerator. It was very difficult to make more than a couple dozen cookies or even a cake, because my counters would be filled with only a few items and I would have to keep my refrigerator close to empty, if I had any orders that needed to be kept in there.

The Jillicious Desserts kitchen today:

This is where I spend the majority of my time for business and even after hours. Even on the busiest of days, I really love being a pastry chef. Every dessert is baked fresh to order and it all happens right here in the Jillicious Desserts kitchen. If you want to come and see it in person, when you come to pick up your dessert order, give me a call and I'll schedule you in.


  1. Great job on the challenge! I love the arrangement of all the fruit! Looks like something you would buy at a bakery.

  2. OMG, I could cry for a kitchen like that!
    After three years in a US kitchen, being back (since last year) to the European standard is still making me sob.

  3. Awesome kitchen. We had a designer in this past week- what features do you think you could absolutely not live without?

    Cheesecake looks fabulous too!

  4. Hi Nancy!
    Thanks for you comments. Yes, there are several features I can't live without:

    1)Pull-out drawers in all the lower cabinets.
    2)The large island (with nothing on it but all the counter space--no oven, no sink, etc.)
    3)Granite countertops or something smooth; it's much easier to clean without have tiles or grooves to mess with.

    I'd be happy to email you some pictures (of the pull-out drawers, etc.) if you would like. Just email me at


  5. What a great kitchen...I'm sure it makes baking a lot easier than the kitchen you started out with in Palo Alto!

  6. You are lucky to be able to bake from your home. Here in the Bay Area they area really strict about this, and there are very few professional kitchens, and they are expensive! I love your space, and it seems so clean and organized.

  7. I love your kitchen and the cheesecake. They are both a work of art!

  8. This is a really really a jillicious kitchen. Its really great. Very good posts!!!

  9. Oh Jill, I can't wait for the day when I can renovate my kitchen! I have these BIG and DEEP pantries that who knows what's behind there?! It's just driving me crazy! ~ Need to have ANOTHER talk with the husband SOON! LOL.