I had the pleasure of speaking with the owner/creator of Fortunata, Margaret.  I thought her story was very interesting on why and how these fine quality ceramics came to be.  Here is what she had to say:

“Fortunata began from a passion of ceramics and a strong belief in Italian Artisans.”
Fortunata started in Sicily.  With wonderful people showing me how artisans work and helping me along the way, I moved on to Tuscany . My interest has always been a passion for interior design and creating interesting designs that stand alone for future generations. Nature has always had a great influence on the collections that Fortunata develops .  I surround myself with talented artisans that can work together to create the best products. It is important that the customer understand they are buying a special piece, not a disposable item .
I hope you and all people can enjoy these pieces as much as I do !
   Buona Fortuna –
Good Luck
Margaret Proctor
After talking with Margaret and hearing her story, I was inspired to buy my own set of Fortunata serving pieces and place settings.  I can tell you, cooking has never been more fun and my husband has never been so happy.  While I am not one to be in the kitchen much, my Fortunata motivates me to cook more because I know the ending will be beautiful.  Below is a copy of my favorite recipe and some fun pictures I took, because I was so proud of my new Fortunata……
Here is the recipe, you need to try it!!!  You and your family will not be disappointed…..

Spicy Sausage Pasta

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1.5 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.

The picture below is proof that this recipe is soooooo good…….

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