My Home April 2014: Let’s Chat in the Kitchen

Care for a wee square of gooey butter cake?
Homemade amaretto and sparkling wine?

There is still no stopping me from baking even though
I have eliminated almost all gluten from my diet.
I baked a g-free white bread this week that is
actually edible…SCORE!

Also new to my kitchen this week:
From Mom to Daughter:
The Quick Tips of Italian Cooking
by Maria Elena Congedo
(Congedo, 2014)

This is my kind of cookbook!
Each recipe’s list of ingredients is short,
and these are simple, authentic Italian dishes
to enjoy any night of the week.

Meatloaf in a crust? Really? Really.

Nuggets of cheese wrapped in pancetta?
You betcha.

I found a linen fabric which may actually be sewn
into a window treatment for the window over the sink.
It has only taken me 7 years to find something I can live with.

Also new to the kitchen:
a new refrigerator and dishwasher…which
should put to rest any rumors that this is one of
those kitchens which doesn’t get used.
Sweet Jesus, the marinara splatters and cream cheese
on…um…everything…prove otherwise.

What say you about nuggets of cheese
wrapped in pork fat?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. April 3, 2014 / 12:30 am

    Just like Bert's drawings in Mary Poppins…I wish I could jump right into that first shot of the yummy pastries and vin rouge! MMMMM

    • April 3, 2014 / 3:20 pm

      hahaha. thanks for popping over, beautiful.

  2. April 3, 2014 / 4:33 am

    I say .. I want a bite! This sounds like a must-have in any kitchen. Fewer ingredients is best for most of us and who doesn't enjoy Italian food? 🙂
    Michele, your kitchen is so pretty and I can't wait to see you linen window cover! xxL

    • April 3, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      i have to make these nuggets. imagine…an actual window covering…

  3. April 3, 2014 / 11:33 am

    Holy smokes…your kitchen NEEDS to be put on the front page of a kitchen mag! What gorgeous pics…and they need to hire YOU are the photographer, totally gorgeous and you have me starving for both something sweet and sinful AND an alcoholic beverage at not even 8am! Beautiful and the book looks like a good one:)

    • April 3, 2014 / 3:22 pm

      we have to get together for italian in new york very soon, gorgeous.

    • April 3, 2014 / 3:23 pm

      thanks, teresa. you are always invited!

  4. April 3, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    So fresh and inviting – magazine worthy for sure!! Would love to hear your gluten free bread recipe – happy Thursday!!

    • April 3, 2014 / 3:23 pm

      i'll get that gluten free bread post ready soon. thanks!

  5. April 3, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Michele, I think I could eat sawdust in your gorgeous kitchen and be happy. Seriously, it is just amazing, I also love that I'm not the only one who will go with out for years until she finds the just the right thing. Happy that you found some linen for the window. Wish we could meet up for a cup of tea in you light filled kitchen. Hope your week has been just as lovely. XOXO

    • April 3, 2014 / 3:24 pm

      so embarrassing that i cannot make decisions for my house and live with nothing for like forever! you are ever so kind, beautiful jeanne!

  6. April 3, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    Such beautiful photos of your gorgeous kitchen – what a treat!!! A new fridge and dishwasher? Let's celebrate with a party 🙂
    Stay fabulous,

  7. April 10, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    I just found your blog and l must say that I absolutely love your decor style! So simple but amazingly beautiful and serene.

  8. April 17, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    If only i COULD eat cheese wrapped in pork fat… omg…
    Good grief your kitchen is so tidy and pretty. Every time i see it, i try to declutter my kitchen, and it just never works! I need the knife holder, and the coffee maker and the microwave, and the canisters, and the note pad and the mail basket … etccccc…. dang it. , i'm gonna try again, there's gotta be a way!


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