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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Italian Kitchen Ideas

From Cucine Aster.

"The kitchen theme color should be in the shades of orange, cream and gold which are primarily soothing to the eyes and provide an extremely comfortable environment..."

"...Tuscan Style Kitchens- This style among the Italian styles is gradually gaining popularity with the various households. One of the major reasons behind it might be the fact that it uses all the earthy colors which are both, attractive and relaxing. The stones used are completely natural. They are the likes of granite, slate, stone and terracotta.

Lighting- The lights are generally in the golden hues, using wrought iron shades. Modern metallic casings are avoided.

Earthy bowls and wooden paintings add to the natural feel of the ambience. The d├ęcor is also mainly consisting of thing like faux paintings, wall texturing etc. which gives the whole plastered look reminiscent of yester years. Subtle tones of muted colors or bright flairs are used. Frills are generally avoided."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Quote Of The Day

"Italy must lead the world in non-patented inventions:"

Californian I was talking to on a train ride from Florence to Siena in 1994.

History Of The Mezzaluna Knife

The iconic knife in Italian cuisine sometimes used to cut pizza, was first developed in Italy.

The familiar and popular 'pizza wheel' cutter, for its part, was invented in the United States.

Hard to imagine a kitchen in North America without one of these two items.

Steel Production By Country

 Italy is ranked 10th in total steel production in the world (second in Europe behind Germany).

As a point of interest, China, Japan and the United States take the top three spots with China producing by far the largest amount. France, Canada and the United Kingdom rank 14th, 16th and 17th respectively.

More details here at