Inauguration of the new kitchen

I know it has been a while so I’m catching up now. We have been pretty busy. We had to outfit the kitchen, both by buying some new things and also bringing things up from the other kitchen. It took a lot of work but it has now reached a state of usability!

We took a trip south of Perugia to a store called Alessandrelli. It is a housewares store. I bought some frying pans, some glasses, plates, salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowl etc. These things along with what I bought online pretty much put me in action. Pictures on the ride to and from show the beauty of Umbria in spring. 💚

I had invited four friends for lunch on Thursday which was Liberation day here in Italy. It may have been premature! But it all worked out in the end. I didn’t know how to use the appliances. I learned how to use the oven. I made a cake! I also learned how to use the induction cooktop. Interesting and will be a future post.

On Monday, we go on a short trip to…Albania! Yes. Albania. Not just anyone wants to go there, but it is what they are calling the “new Croatia”. The beaches are said to be legendary. And it is incredibly cheap! I will, of course do a trip report. It is just for four nights. Probably too short but we can go back. There are flights from our local Perugia airport which makes it easy.

Ciao for now!

10 thoughts on “Inauguration of the new kitchen

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Thanks Mignon! Glad it’s finally finished and just in time for summer. 🙂 I will do a trip report after our short trip.

  2. Mignon

    Hi Nancy!
    The kitchen looks great. Glad it’s all coming together finally and you can enjoy cooking in it.
    Have fun in Albania. I’ve heard good things about traveling there.

  3. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Cynthia, i will do a post about the cooktop for sure. I understand many professional kitchens are using induction
    So I figured I could let it into my life. It will take some getting used to. I will for sure post about Albania. I’ve heard good things.

  4. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Matt, your comment prompted and “oh wow” from me. I love ramps, and no we don’t have them here. Sad to say. Your dinner happens to be one of my favorites. I love a roasted chicken.

  5. Nancy Hampton Post author

    I am happy you found me! Don’t give up on the dream! I know it can seem daunting but it is a matter of perserverence and organization. Buona fortuna.

  6. Cynthia M

    What a beautiful kitchen, congratulations! I could spend days there. I’d love to hear your thoughts on induction. I like the idea but have heard enough people complain that it might not suit my cooking style.

    Funny you mention Albania. I’m keen to hear what you think. One of my former co-workers is from Albania and visits her parents/family there every year. I’m going to visit her there once I’m settled in Italy.

  7. Matthew Daub

    So happy to see your progress, Nancy! Looks great! I haven’t been bold enough to try and figure out some of Barb’s kitchen appliances yet, so I keep it simple. Waiting for my dinner to finish in the oven – Chicken with potatoes, veggies and wild ramps. We are lucky enough to have ramps growing all over our property, so I’m in heaven for a couple of weeks in spring. Not as rare as your Umbrian truffles, but pretty special! Do you have them in Italy?

  8. Italy Chérie

    Found your page thanks to “Retire There with Gil & Gene” episode & subscribed right away! Your post keeps me motivated to work towards retiring in Umbria one day. The kitchen is dreamy – until next post.


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