Say It With A Kiss | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

You have many clients, you want to treat them with a nice gesture for spending money at your business during the year. You can’t give anything personal, you can’t give expensive gifts to all of them, but it’s Christmas after all, something sweet and stylish is ideal and it’s the thought that counts any way.

The blue box with lovers kissing under the stars carries the phrase:
“Say I love you the Italian way” with twenty-one bonbons of dark chocolate and hazelnuts to ensure a luscious pleasure. This is a chocolate with many meanings and many emotions. Silver foil wraps each bonbons with a different message of love written in four languages and printed on light transparent vellum paper. Those messages are highly collectible.

Hard to believe this Italian sweet little thing called Bacio (Kiss) was first named Cazzotto (Hand Punch). Knowing that a woman invented the harsh name it puzzles me even more. Luisa Spagnoli the owner of a chocolate factory in Perugia, Italy in the early 1920s and later fashion designer, while trying to contain the production cost, invented the little morsel by simply collecting the crumbs of all the nuts from the workers’ table, molded them together, stuck one whole hazelnut on top and covered it with liquid chocolate ganache. To her eyes what came out seemed like a fist with a knuckle, thus she called it the Punch.

Buying Baci (plural for bacio) at an Italian café is almost a mischievous thing, as Baci since the ‘40s have become a symbol of love, desire and romantic dreams. The cafe’ attendant will always have that curious look on and wondering who the Baci will be for.

The blue box with lovers kissing under the stars is recognizable among the sea of chocolate on the store’s shelves. The idea for box cover’s design came from a painting called “The Kiss” by Francesco Hayez and Federico Seneca marketed it as a the box of dreams that never end. It was only later around the late ‘40s that the name changed to Bacio (Kiss) to became the symbol of love and Valentine’s day. The advertisement of the era said that “wherever there is love, there is a Bacio Perugina”.

Don’t worry, if you give the sweet blue box to clients, you will not run into that particular situation of misunderstood intentions. You will only show a high appreciation to have had them during the year as your clients and supporters. Just so you know, the small bonbons will capture their heart. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

ValentinaXmasValentina Cirasola has been in business as an interior designer since 1990 improving people’s life by changing their spaces. Most often she designs kitchens and wine grottos; outdoor kitchens and outdoor rooms; great rooms and entertainment rooms. Her deep interest in food led her as an autodidact in the studies of food in history, natural remedies, nutrition and well-being. Finally she wrote two books on Italian regional cuisine and one book on color theory. Get your copy of Valentina’s books on
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Silicone – Love Or Hate | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Silicone is not an invention of the last moment, it has entered our homes with hundreds of kitchen and bath objects and accessories to make our lives easier.
Thanks to all its properties silicone is a material that can be used in many ways. It offers all the solutions for cooking savory and sweet food, substituting the conventional cookware used so far.

The use of silicone went from commercial kitchens, pharmaceutical processing, and meat-packing plants into residential kitchens.
FDA grade silicone has been used in applications where food is present, it is guaranteed against toxicity and completely without odors.
Silicone cookware being lightweight and easy to manage are an ideal solutions for people with arthritis to the hands.

(https://www.afcoltellerie.com/eng/prodotto.asp?id=1599)

We can use silicone baking pans to make cookies, or bake a cake, to cook fish or roasts, we don’t need to use wax oven paper any more, nor butter or oils as non-stick techniques, thus eliminating some calories from our diet. Silicone cookware are flexible and bendable making the extraction of cooked food an easy process along with saving storage space without ever loosing its shapes. They are good to use up to 3000 times of cooking.

As a designer, I am supposed to report on new products. Silicone cookware is original, functional and very colorful, making the art of cooking a game even for kids. I am open to all new products and new opportunities, but I must be sincere about my own ways.  My kitchen is well supplied with the best chef cookware. The pleasure of my cooking is not only about the good aroma and good food I can cook, but is also about operating with the professional cookware and cutlery I possess. I don’t make it do, I have every possible solution in cookware for every speciality I prepare. Cooking for me is a serious matter and it requires professional equipment, but it is also a pleasurable game.

Lamb_Stew_In_Clay_Pot ©Valentina Cirasola

A lamb stew with beans in a clay pot as in my photo (right) could not taste right if it was made in an aluminum pan.
Each food need it own vessel.
I am still enamored of ceramic and clay pots and still love to cook in my stainless steel, all clad and Calphalon cookware. I am sure I will for a long time and that is the game I like to play in my kitchen. Ciao,
Valentina
www.Valentinadesigns.com 

Copyright © 2011 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved  

Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer with a passion for kitchens and cooking. She operates in the USA and Europe.  She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn ugly spaces into castles, but especially loves to design kitchens and wine grottos. 

She is the author of two Italian regional cuisine books available here in this site on the Books page and in various other locations: 

http://outskirtspress.com/ComeMiaNonna
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnq8baaAq0M
http://outskirtspress.com/SinsOfAQueen


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