Ready For Tonight | Valentina Cirasola | Designer and Author

Halloween night tonight. I will make it fun, I am already dressed in my costume and doing the daily work activities.
I must admit that coming from a different country, I never understood this custom of going house to house asking for candies, wearing a “scary” costume. I will receive a herd of kids at my door tonight, some of them are not kids anymore, with a white sheet hanging from the head and two holes for the eyes, they mix with little kids and do what they do, but their height gives them away, they are teenagers or even young adults. I can’t hide the feeling of being skeptical of their intentions or even a bit scared.

A long time ago, when I was still new in this country, I wasn’t yet familiar with all customs and traditions. I noticed all the houses decorated with tombstones, skeletons, and gruesome things, but I didn’t pay much attention. The evening of Halloween, as I passed one of the homes, a tombstone opened up, a real looking dead person came out, a macabre music started and flickering purple, yellow, green lights got turned on. To say I was scared is very simplistic. I turned the car around and went to sleep at a hotel.

In my neighborhood, there are no kids. One year, they came by the busload from surrounding towns and were dropped off at each block. That was surreal!

Anyway, my candies are ready, I am too, and will make it a pleasant night. I will open my doors as a Renaissance woman of the 1300s. I think the costume fits well with my character and spirit.

I will make this rustic food. They are pâte brisée packets filled with Italian prosciutto and gouda cheese.

Happy Halloween everyone. Will you do something special tonight? Ciao,



Copyright © 2018 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved



Valentina 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, in which she included one recipe for each color.
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Plug me up, I will light up | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

PlugSocket By ValentinaWe entered the room as the Plug and Socket set and sure enough we turned the heads of all the guests already at the party. The costume party’s requirement was only one, to come dressed in something original.
Everyone chose a recognizable costume from 1700s style to British Bobby, from pop rock stars look-alike to the animal world and ridiculous costumes portraying political people. Everyone was beautiful in their expensive costumes. My friend and I were 18 years of age, we didn’t have a way to buy an expensive costume and one week of notice was not enough to sew something extravagant either. My friend was knowledgeable in electricity and electronics, I was the mind and I came up with the Socket and Plug set idea.

We started to work frantically, we only had one week to perfect our creation. It was nothing more than painted card boxes and a mechanism of electrical wires that turned on and off the light bulb sitting on my head. I sewed the cap with insulating material to protect myself from possible circuit shortage and my friend wired me up. The set was white and underneath we choose to dress in all white to keep distraction away from our creation.  I imagine by now you understood I was the socket and my male friend was the plug. We danced all night to the tunes of rock and roll music of the era.

Often during the dance we got closer to each other to show off our light bulb flipping on and off when my friend plugged his “large male prong” into my socket. What? That’s exactly what the purpose of the costume was, to push laughs and some funny comments on how many times my friend plugged me up in one evening.  At times I saw a few of the guests rolled on the floor for so much laughter. We had no idea a draw at the end of the night would appoint us as the best costume.

We had no camera at that time to immortalize the moment, we were young and didn’t think we would need the memories. Luckily, I found my drawing and the fun continues. I hope you have a great costume and a place to go celebrate. Happy Halloween. Ciao,


Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


JollyHatSmallAs an Italian designer and true to my origins, I am well-known to bring originality to people’s homes, but that’s not where I stop and any situation is a perfect opportunity to design something out of the ordinary. If you are up to it, I will design something unforgettable for any of your occasions. Check out my three books on

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