|Was excited to be cooking in a Tuscan kitchen in a 14th Century stone villa.|
Pienza is located in a place so beautiful that even the Pope fell in love with the area. The landscape is of immense and incomparable beauty and has been used for blockbuster movies including Gladiator, The English Patient and Twilight. As we were there in winter, we met more locals than tourists which was really really nice.
We checked into the beautiful Cretaiole, an awesome 14th Century stone villa. For the next 7 days, the kids didn't want to leave this villa!
|View from our farmhouse.|
|An authentic Tuscan marble sink. The tap on the left brings spring water from the mountain into the kitchen.|
|The sunrise(s?) and sunsets in Tuscany were dramatic and a daily phenomenon.|
Photo credit: my aspiring photographer daughter
|The beautiful Creatiole - highly recommended.|
Photo credit: daughter
|A dish drainer that doubles as storage - now, why didn't I think of this when I renovated my kitchen?|
|Some of the utensils I used while cooking there.|
|These were just outside the door and I helped myself to them too.|
|I did an easy roast chicken with lemon and thyme. Somehow, it looked better in Tuscanware even though I did|
not get to truss the chicken.
|The Tuscan kitchen inspired my 2 sons to want to make something that night. One made mash potatoes and the other made egg mayo for breakfast the following day. There's just something culinary about Tuscany.|
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