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January 10, 2012

Dining with Louigi!

Louigi welcomes you 
to this evening's dining pleasure!

On the menu is a Tossed salad,
French dinner rolls, and my Rigatoni Lasagna
The old favorite Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes are our everyday dishes. 
Several years ago our son was selling 
Cutco cutlery and we bought a set of these everyday knives. They are like a steak and butter knife in one! 
They end up on the table more often than the normal knives do!
I love the colors in this tablecloth so I'm still using it.  Its a little bit of Christmas but that's okay for now!
During our visit in Pennsylvania I picked up some of these hotplates at the Wendell August store.  They form and stamp their
metal products right there! I'm building a collection as time goes by!
As I said I made my Rigatoni Lasagna dish which I blogged about in a previous post (here)
We really like it and it's less fussy to make than with the Lasagna noodles.
The salad consisted of mixed greens, thinly sliced onions, slivered almonds and dried cranberries.  We love Marzetti's Sweet Italian Dressing on it.  
No good meal should be without bread and Louigi is standing by to serve!  Isn't he the cutest! I got him at Kirkland's.  I'm partial to
that store!  Too bad I don't have any of them local to me!
I didn't plan to show this but my husband (who gave me a new camera) wanted me to take some pictures! 
He's getting into it too! 
A very simple dining event, but more 
to the norm!
Thanks for stopping by!
Joining Susan at
Between Naps on the Porch 
Tablescape Thursday


  1. LOL! I just finished posting my Italian Countryside table, clicked on the dashboard and there was the picture of your Italian Countryside table! I think we were separated at birth!
    I wish I had Luigi... he's just perfect! Love the hotplate, too. I'm going to check out their site.

  2. Liz, this was so cute!! Luigi is just adorable! Love your Italian Countryside dinnerware. As you know, I'm building my collection. The food looks delicious!

  3. Luigi is perfect and those rolls look yummy!! I love those hotplates, they are gorgeous!

    Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful Wednesday....

  4. Hi Liz, Your dinner looks fantastic, and I love Luigi. I also love Italian Countryside, but by the time I can justify the purchase, they probably will be discontinued! xo

  5. The meal became and important element in your overall design. I'm glad that your husband wanted you to take photos with your new camera...the
    tablescape is extremely pleasing to the eye. I also love those boutis placemats. The stripes against the jacquard is really nice. What kind of camera did you get. I've been spending quite a bit of time reading about apertures and f-stops...so much to learn...steep learning curve. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. I'm going back to find your lasagna recipe. Cherry Kay

  6. OOh that rigatoni looks amazing.. Luigi is a standing proudly at our ready.. so perfect. I love the beautiful tablecloth. Your table is fabulous.. xo marlis

  7. Those hot plates are magnificent!

    - The Tablescaper

  8. I just loved Luigi, but then when I saw him with his arms full of bread, I just swooned. That is so great. I love the idea of your lasagna casserole, looks fabulous. I have a lasagna soup too that I just love. What a beautiful and welcoming table. I need a Luigi!!

  9. FINALLY!!!!!! OK...I used the Google Chrome thingy, and THAT made all the difference! I just didn't understand the difference between the Explorer and the Firefox and the Chrome. Ramon finally explained it to me in terms I could understand. He compared it to going to different stores to buy the same dishes. THAT made perfect sense to me! :-) Hooray! I finally get to see you fun tablescape for this week that I, for one, am really glad you photographed and posted! How cute is this? Really! SO neat! Luigi is a little doll (literally, I suppose!). What's wild is that on Tuesday I prepared a very similar dinner!!! I made what I call Supreme pizza pasta, salad and bread!!! HAD to have wine with it, of course! :-) You and I were thinking along the same lines!!! I didn't serve mine up looking nearly as nice as you did. (It was just me, so I didn't really go there!) Separated at birth, I tell you! Thanks again for the advice on the computer thing. I didn't have the Firefox on here (Ramon said I do have it, but I sure as heck couldn't find it!), but switching over and using the Google Chrome - which I use for a lot of things anyway - worked out great! Take care!!!

  10. Hi Liz,
    this was a perfect table for an Italian meal. Beautiful tablecloth but didn't really look Christmasy
    to me, just that it is red, but I use red during the winter months myself. That Lasagna looks great,
    as well as the salad. I have had sweet Italian dressing at Bob Evans on a Cranberry Chicken salad and it was Yummo..........
    and most of all I loved your lil Luigi bread holder....adorable and perfect for this pretty, warm and inviting table.
    Thanks for coming by and for your encouraging comments, nice to meet you hear in blogland.
    Blessings, Nellie

  11. Awww! Luigi is adorable! I know your family enjoyed the yummy rigatoni at this welcoming table! Thank you for your visit to my table this week!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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