WHAT’S COOKING?

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My small Aluminum Jello molds collection. They appear to be from the 50’s when Jello was the “King”. I am not really a Jello lover, so I thought of another use for them.Vintage Chef offers all types of shapes molds for different uses: pudding, jelly, bread, candy, madeline molds and more. The Melon shape for example, was produced by Mirro Corporation of Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1942. It is marked “Mirro” – The Finest Aluminum – Made in USA. I found it in a “Back Yard Sales” in Arizona three years ago.

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Old French silver sugar dredger, wooden spoons, silver knives and forks, an English aluminum teapot, crystal oil and vinegar bottles. During the Victorian era shakers were used to sprinkle sugar or cinnamon on bread or muffins.

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This Vintage large Stopwatch for sports events is an original Junghans creation. Black numbers, reset – stop and start lever on side. Junghans Uhren GmbH is Germany’s largest watch and clock manufacturer. On 15 April 1861 Erhard Junghans created the company in Schramberg, Baden – Württemberg. I found it in Milan in a junk shop.

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Above and below: Italian white porcelain serving dishes by Richard, Laveno and the German Villeroy & Boch, first half of last century.

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This Italian larch cupboard comes from Piemonte, my native country. White porcelains vessels, fruit raised, cups and bowls are very old and comes from Capodimonte, Nove, Bassano and Deruta.

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An Italian water jug, some British wine carafe and milk jugs. Few pieces are from the Wedgwood manufacturer others are from Capodimonte and Laveno.

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The most valuable is the light brown jug. I found it in a Blytswood Care (Christian Care for Body and Soul) shop in Scotland last summer. It is a James Dudson hand potted Stoneware Jug with cream decorations, about 1870’s.

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An Italian early ‘900 Crystal Chandelier. I bought the silk lampshades in Amsterdam, at the Flea Market last year.

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This green wood frame was the first step to create this collage of antique jewelry plaster molds. Necklace plaster clasps and brooches pasted on cardboard looks like an old cameos collection.

RITOCCATA menu

This is baccalà mantecato (dried cod) one of the most typical Venetian recipes. It is very good as a second course, accompanied by some seasonal vegetables, or as a starter, preferably served on warm bread slices or hot polenta pieces.

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This are marinated anchovies in orange and lemon juice served with sliced fennel, sliced peeled oranges, olives, barbs fennel, oregano, extra verging olive oil and orange juice.

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This is chicory salad with anchovies, nuts, salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar.

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I love guacamole salad prepared with avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow bell pepper, red onion,  jalapeño pepper, garlic, lime, olive oil, salt, black and cayenne pepper.

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Shrimps with cannellini beans, rocket, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Ravioli stuffed with fish and dressed in orange juice, orange zest, butter and parsley.

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Fine cream with pieces of candied orange and peeled orange.

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After showing you my kitchen, I can reveal my secret. Yes, it is an Ikea kitchen. It is possible to transform everything, even the most basic furniture with imagination and creativity. Just do it.

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