It’s My Blogiversary Today, and a Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe that 6 years ago today I started this food blog called Proud Italian Cook and what a journey it has been from day one! It still continues to be one of the joys of my life. I’m honored to be a part of  a wonderful community of bloggers, many of whom I can truly call my friends. To all my readers, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support with all your comments and personal emails that you’ve taken the time to write. Thank you to all those who “liked” me on Facebook, and a thank you to all my loyal subscribers and those of you who have “pinned” any of my recipes on Pinterest. And last but not least my close family and friends!
 This past year has been full of change for Proud Italian Cook, I really moved out of my comfort zone complete with a makeover! I took the leap and left a free blogging platform and moved forward on to one that I own, and I’m so happy I did! With it came many modern updates that I so wanted to give all my readers. The other thing I did, (and I still can’t believe it myself), I wrote my first e-book on Italian Sauces. Inside you will see what I cook for my own family, special recipes and stories that bring me back to my own traditions from childhood. For all of you who bought my book, thank you, I appreciate it. For those of you who might be considering it, it’s always available for purchase right here on my blog.

What will the future bring? Well one thing for sure I’m not going anywhere yet, this is too much fun, and who knows, there might just be another e-book in the works!

 AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

Recently I received the most beautiful gift basket from a company called, Manhattan Fruitier, in exchange for my honest review. I have to tell you I was so blown away the minute I opened the box. Inside there were two superior quality wicker hampers, which I will reuse at another time, it was tied together like the photo shows above and at the top was a large, wrapped round loaf of walnut bread from Balthazar Bakery.

 The hamper I received from them called, Mediterranean-Santorini was filled with wonderful products such as Emmer farro, Herbes de Provence, capers, preserved lemons, almonds, organic Medjool dates, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Ligurian olives, Ventrusca tuna, seasonal fresh fruit, flowers and 2 dipping bowls. Everything needed for eating the healthy Mediterranean way!

I would highly recommend Manhattan Fruitier if you want to send someone a very special gift, they offer all different price points, something for everyone and you can even customize your own baskets. Please keep them in mind for the upcoming holidays!
 NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS THAT INVOLVES YOU!

Manhattan Fruitier wanted to help me celebrate my 6th  Blogiversary so they are graciously sending ONE of my lucky readers the Mediterranean-Santorini gift hamper!

Unfortunately because there are perishables, shipping is limited to the U.S. Also, for the purpose of the giveaway they can’t serve Hawaii or Alaska.

For those of you who qualify to enter, please leave only one comment per person telling me what recipe or features you like on or about Proud Italian Cook. No anonymous comments will be accepted as I will need an email address to contact the winner. Comments will not be accepted after 11:59 pm central time, Sunday August 18, 2013. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday August 19th, 2013

If you are reading this via Facebook you must enter on this blog to win the giveaway, not Facebook.

Disclaimer… I did receive 1 Mediterranean- Santorini gift hamper for review, but as always all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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  1. Courtney Thomas says:

    I loved that sausage and peppers dish you suggested for potluck/party recently! Awesome!

    • Nancy Ehler says:

      I check my inbox for Proud Italian Cook before I hit the Farmer’s Market and grocery stores over the weekend. Marie is my inspiration for delectable and homestyle food. My husband says “Thank you!” Happy Anniversary and many more!!!

      • I love the beautiful photography, the side stories to go with the recipes and your use of all of our mutual favorite ingredients as well as some I haven’t tried yet, (fennel). Thanks so much for your passion for your work.

    • I love your site and have been using many of the savory tart recipes throughout the summer. Last nights dinner was roasted tomato and ricotta tart!

  2. I love your recipes! One that I make frequently (and we love) is your polenta with roasted vegetables terrine. Simply delicious!

  3. I downloaded the Italian Sauces e-book and love it. You present the recipes in such a way that I immediately thought I could make any of the recipes. Keep blogging!

  4. Happy Anniversary!

    Your roasted vegetable pasta recipe has become a staple in our dinner rotation. It’s great for a crowd and is excellent warmed over.

    Keep those recipes coming!

    Dawn

  5. Denise Harter says:

    I love your blog and that basket looks AMAZING!

  6. Barbara Valenti says:

    I recently made your Portobello Mushrooms Caprese, and served with grilled porterhouse steak! I added some fresh NJ Silver Queen corn to the table. What a simple and delicious feast.

  7. The recipe that first got my attention was the Grilled Potato and Asparagus Napoleon. Now I’m hooked!

  8. Kate Romano says:

    I love your recipes so much! I made the lemon risotto with roasted tomatoes and everyone loved it! Please keep on with your blog. Always look forward to the next recipe!

  9. Denise Smith says:

    I was drawn to your website by your use of fresh herbs and ingredients. I am new follower and enjoying reading and looking at your recipes.

  10. Congratulations on 6 wonderful years Marie. The important thing is that even after all of these years we are still having fun!!

  11. Laura Foster says:

    Happy Anniversary and keep up the good work! I love your Chicken Vesuvio recipe!

  12. Heidi Tavani says:

    My favorite recipe is the red, white and blue potato salad! It has become my go to recipe to take to summer parties and it always gets rave reviews!

  13. Bev Goebel says:

    Stuffed Eggplant….and many more favorites!

  14. I started trying to change my way of eating a couple of months ago, so I was always on the hunt for different blogs and sites and Facebook pages, etc…to help me create diversity in my meals. One day I came across the recipe for the summer salad with the multi-colored cherry & grape tomatoes and fell in love! My all time favorite recipe thus far is the Grilled Shrimp and Lobster Gremolata. I haven’t made it yet, but it’s ALWAYS on my mind for my next grilling session. I’ve promoted the page on my page a few times as a wonderful place to find delicious, filling, comforting, AND HEALTHY recipes and my friends & followers have taken to it much like I have as well. Thank you so much for blogging for us – you rock!!

  15. Heather Nellis says:

    I love how this site categorizes the plethora of Marie’s recipes. It helped introduce me to things I might never have tried, including new cooking techniques. I grilled with cedar planks for the first time using the recipe for stuffed portobellos, and the roasted veggie pasta for a crowd recipe brought a whole new level to the way I cook my vegetables. I also love the party food tab– it’s a life saver! Love this site. Thank you!

  16. Brenda Scott says:

    Marie……..Happy Anniversary. So glad we found your Blog. Your roasted vegetables inspire me to try so many new recipes and they are all outstandingly delicious. Keep ‘em coming!

  17. Congratulations! You are my “go to” for all Italian recipes. Love this site.

  18. Laura Waddell says:

    What a great way to exchange everyday meat with your amazing vegetable pasta recipe! The husband loves it, but more importantly, the kids ate it all! Thank you for providing us with these special recipes to bring our family closer and healthier!

  19. I especially love your use of herbs and seasonings. So often we try recipes I find online and they are blah. Yours, however are anything but blah……….. they are so good………. and my Italian husband loves them too! Keep them coming, I look forward to each and every new recipe you post!

  20. Your Parmesan Creamed Onions are in heavy rotation at my house along with so many other recipes. Being a proud Italian myself, I can’t even begin to list all the recipes that I’ve made from your site. I appreciate you sharing your delicious recipes with me. They are treasured! Thank you!

  21. Your individual butternut squash lasagnas are the prettiest and tastiest thing I make for company!
    I love your site so much and I have a pinterest board for the best Italian food recipes I can find. 95% are yours!

  22. Happy Anniversary!!! Love your blog and have tried many of the wonderful recipes you have shared. My “go to” this summer has been the grilled fish from “The Thrill of the Grill”. Have served some variation of it many times always to rave reviews. Thank you!!!

  23. Frances Chiechi says:

    Congratulations on your continuous success! You have a talent for good food and making the food look so BEAUTIFUL!
    The Grilled Shrimp and Lobster Gremolata is my favorite recipe . But I also love several others.

  24. Congratulations!

  25. I love most every recipe on here! Your marinara is all my family will eat now. My husband is obsessed with it!

  26. Congratulations on your Blogiversary! We’re so happy to be able to extend the celebration with the giveaway. Good luck to all the entrants!

  27. Elizabeth Strangis Reid says:

    Your blog is simply marvelous!!! I drool reading every post. You are beyond thorough and really inspire me to get busy in the kitchen, and explore our taste buds. I don’t think I can choose just one recipe! Congrats on all your success and hope to continue reading your amazing recipes!

  28. Ava Kinsey says:

    I love your Zucchini Ribbon Salad…I like to incorporate as many veggies and flavor into my salad as I can..this one did the trick for me. And Happy 6th!!!

  29. Congratulations on your Blogiversary and all your success! I love your blog, photos and all your recipes. I have shared your website with many friends and will continue to follow you on your journey!

  30. Happy Anniversary! I absolutely love your blog. Everything I make using your recipes always comes out so tasty. The chicken parmesan meatloaf is always a huge hit! Thank you for all that you do.

  31. jim colello says:

    I enjoy all of your recipes, but my favorite is Gravy with Neckbones!!!!!

  32. Christine Gravel says:

    Hello Marie,
    I’m a fellow Chicago area fan. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon your initial blog but I believe I’ve been a loyal follower for over a year and your recipes have not disappointed – ever! The first recipe of yours that I made was the Tuscan White Bean Dip and it was, as promised, a crowd pleaser! I also bought your e-Book earlier this summer.

    Congrats on a banner year!
    Christine

  33. Donna Montevecchi Lang says:

    I love your blog and recipes.Will soon try strawberry ricotta tart. Keep your proud Itaian heiritage going.

  34. I love the Butternut Squash Gnocchi in a Fontina Cheese Sauce with Spinach Leaves & Parmesan Cheese. It’s my favorite gnocchi recipe!

  35. Happy anniversary! It’s so hard to pick a favorite recipe. but I love the roast chicken with kale pesto. The zucchini ribbon salad is another huge favorite. I think what I like most about the blog / recipes is the familiar ingredients but with a fresh twist. Pinned so many of them!

  36. I love all your recipes and am really excited to try the roasted vegetable tart! It looks delicious!!

  37. We’ve been grilling a lot since my stove is broken and your GRILLED CHICKEN OREGANATO is on our menu quite often. I love you blog and your beautiful photos and feel that I know your family too!

  38. Congratulations Marie. You know I’ve been a big fan of yours from way back.There’s a good reason so many other people love your blog. You make delicious food and your photos are always so enticing, but it’s always presented in a way that’s so familiar too, like you could be someone’s sister or aunt. That’s part of your special appeal – everybody wants to live next door to you or have you as a friend. I wish you more continued success and can’t wait to see what the future brings for Proud Italian Cook. You’re on a roll, my friend.

  39. I found you because someone had repinned a couple of your pasta recipes on Pintrest a while ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. As a girl who tried to learn sauces and pasta making from her Italian grandma who never measured anything (and it always tasted amazing), you provide great healthy recipes I can use to experiment with.

  40. I use your recipes and pictures for inspiration all the time. I bought a paella pan to make your vegetable paella recipe – got to get to that soon.

  41. Laura Webb says:

    Anything with veggies as I’m a vegetarian. Mostly, your vegetable napoleans and everything to do with eggplants. Your food and recipes are amazing and remind me of my dear Nani.

  42. Love the Portobella Baked Fries!

  43. Your recipes are so inspirational!

  44. Liz Reuth says:

    So many amazing recipes to choose from, but I know that whatever I find on your site is going to be something that my family will love. Some that are in our regular rotation – chicken parm meatloaf, pork chops with mustard thyme sauce and pita chips with white bean dip. Thank you for every one of your delicious creations!

  45. Your grilled pizza posts have made me a great summer hostess!

  46. Suzanne Crisafi says:

    I love the caprese porabellos, and the veggie recipes!

  47. My favorite was the virtual pot of pasta fagoli! I make it all the time!

  48. I absolutely loved your last post on the basil oil. I pinned it to my pinterest and it got a ton of repins so I am not the only one!

  49. julie belsanti says:

    Congratulations! Your recipes are all delicious. My dad loves neckbones, your recipe reminds him of how his mom prepared them. My favorite is your zucchini ribbon salad, always a hit! Keep blogging. Any chance of starting a cooking school?
    Best Wishes, Julie

  50. Happy Anniversary. I look forward to your receiving your newsletter each week. My mouth waters when I read your posts. Your delicious food reminds me of all the time I spent in the kitchen with my Italian grandmothers and my mom. My husband is urging me to make your spaghetti with baked clams next!

  51. All your recipes are mouth-watering, Marie! The latest one I made was the basil infused olive oil – we’ve been drizzling it on EVERYTHING! Thanks so much for this blog.

  52. I love seeing your posts, all your recipes remind me of how I grew up, in a big italian family. Thank you for you great recipes!

  53. I want to congratulate and say Happy Anniversary to the most talented person. I know. I Amos happy to have you in my life. I can’t wait to see another amazing year of your delicious recipes !,,

  54. so far I have tried a bunch of your recipes, i love them all! When i come to your site, i am never disappointed. just delicious! and congratulations on your blogiversary!

  55. I love learning how to make Italian recipes from scratch! Makes me feel like a real chef!

  56. I have read every single one of your recipes. I love the way you teach us to use fresh vegetables simply and beautifully. Your bean spread and pita chips were a big hit when I served them at a dinner party.

  57. Stefani Paolucci says:

    Marie – I have tried so many of your recipes trying to inspire myself to put my own spin on things. The one I love the most and actually stay pretty true to your idea is the grilled veggies couscous salad. I just LOVE it and make it on a semi regular basis. Thank you.

  58. Lisabeth Morche' says:

    I am a new subscriber, so I have not had much of a chance to make a lot of your recipes. The one that we have made and fell in love with is the Ravioli with Artichokes, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Peas in a Champagne Cream Sauce! We will be purchasing your ebook soon as well! My husband is Italian and we wish we could of shared your recipes with his Grandpa Territo, he would of loved them!!

  59. Kacy McGarigle says:

    I love your recipes (and that you are from Chicago!) and how you make them relatable to the every-day cook with your personal touches. I love how you incorporate the Italian traditions into your food :)

  60. Christine D says:

    I made your pasta with all the wonderful grilled veggies, parm cheese and olive. I made two humongous batches of it and donated it to a benefit for someone who had passed away. I couldn’t believe how much everyone loved it and raved about it. Personally, I thought it was delicious but oh so simple and people thought I had worked my fingers to the bone. LOL Thank you for all the wonderful ideas who’ve given us! Christine

  61. Paul Bonoma says:

    I love all your recipes. You remind me so much of the type of cooking I grew up with and love to cook; from the sausage & peppers to the chicken vesuvio! You’re my cooking twin!

    • I love so many of your recipes. I expecially like the eggplant patties.
      I so love your pictures the best…so colorful!
      thanks!

  62. Love your recipes and the photos are absolutely mouthwatering!
    Enjoyed your recipe for Italian Lemon Knot Cookies very much.
    Looking forward to more luscious things to eat.
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  63. Carmine D says:

    Thanks for all the recipes. My kids love the grilled meatballs.

  64. Laurie Carleton says:

    I love your recipes–it’s too hard to decide which one(s) are my favorite! You make everything look easy, fun and delicious!!

  65. Happy Blogiversary! I’m so happy to have been a part of your readership. I love your blog and it has inspired me in so many ways. I look forward to many more years to come. I hope someday I can meet you when I’m in Chicago again.
    It would be hard for me to choose a recipe from all of the deliciousness on PIC. I do recall fondly how impressed I was when you made a timpano! I also get very nostalgic looking back at the first recipe I ever made from you blog – a simple dish of grilled zucchini ribbons dressed in lemon and garlic.

  66. I love all your recipes with roasted veggies. I have taken your recommendations and roast our summer veggies on the grill and keep them in the fridge for my go to ingredient during the week! Love the blog!!

  67. stephanie alekna says:

    I am absolutely an Italian food lover! Your blog hits all the right notes about true Authentic Italian cooking. you have definetly been helping me become the expert when it comes to Italian cooking. Thankyuou so much. Have a wonderful Happy anniversary and to many many more happy years to your buisness to come.

  68. Paige Egan says:

    I enjoy reading your recipes and delight in attempting to make delicious meals for my family and friends.

  69. Karen DelGrosso says:

    My husband & I love looking at your beautiful pictures & trying your recipes, always great.

  70. Melanie P says:

    I love your recipes! They are wonderful – have tried several. Love the Italian flair on everything!!!
    Melanie

  71. Rachel Wishum says:

    I love the ravioli recipes! I love filled pastas, and butternut squash ravioli is just out of this world!

  72. Rosemary Nasti says:

    Thank you for keeping the Italian tradition in the kitchen! Happy Anniversary & many more years of success!

  73. Maria Gray says:

    Thank you for the gnocchi post and recipes. Gnocchi is one of my son’s favorites and I am always thrilled when I find a good explanation on how to make them. But I gotta say (as a born and raised City girl) that I was beyond ecstatic when I found your Chicken Vesuvio recipe!!!!! I make it all the time.

  74. Heidi Burnette says:

    I love all of your vegetable recipes. You have such a talent of taking simple ingredients to a new level!

  75. Congrats — loved Basil Oil recipe I have tons now so trying it out this weekend. Oh pick me it’s my 62 Birthday today

  76. Carolyn M says:

    I love the Tomahawk Stuffed Pork Chops! I have made them many times and we all love them! I even drove all the way from Aurora to the Standard Market Grocery Store you got them at! Thanks for that because I would’ve never gone there and I love that place!
    Congrats on your anniversary! Look forward to trying many, many more of your fantastic recipes!!!

  77. Lori in MI says:

    So hard to choose just one but your Butternut squash gnocchi is amazing! Happy anniversary!!

  78. I LOVE your site, and visit it any time I am looking for something new to try, and loved the Timpano and savory ricotta pie recipes… it’s great to have such a detailed and easy-to-follow recipe & post for trying something new!

  79. Joanne Puglia says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you. I love your site and tell everyone about it. I would love the opportunity to be able to cook with you. Your website is perfect. I wish you the very best and continued success with your work. Keep on cooking! We all look forward for “what is next”!

  80. I love your web site! You have such amazing recipes and your photos are beautiful, really works of art. I always look forward to you updates.

  81. Debbie Vietmeier says:

    I have been following your blog since EBlogger and I love your recipes… My fave is the fig & custard tart from July 2009… Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm

  82. I have made so many of your recipes, one of my favorites is the vegetable torte. Loved it!

  83. Oh and the thing I like best about your blog is the use of fresh ingredients

  84. mary alice bier says:

    Way to go Marie … you are an inspiration with your cooking. I am happy you are continuing to follow your passion; it shows in your cooking and in the presentation of your rrcipes in the photos. I am blessed to call you friend …

  85. Oh Marie, this post made me “old” home sick for NYC! I’m so glad you got his as a gift as I love the Manhattan Fruitier’s gourmet products and this reminded will come in handy for the upcoming holiday season when i send gifts to out of town family and friends!

    Happy 6th blog anniversary! I began my blog very close to yours and I was so happy to discover you right away –I’ve LOVED every recipe you’ve posted since. You always come up with fresh and original ideas and I love how your emphasize vegetables and a healthier way of cooking Italian style foods. You’re the best!

  86. Lovely recipes – approachable, with beautiful photography. Well done!

  87. It’s difficult to choose one recipe but I will say I LOVE the way you use a variety of vegetables and it’s been a great help for me to include more fresh produce in my cooking. Thank you so much and keep those veggies coming!

  88. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging! While I discovered you only a year ago, I have to say that so far my fav is the zucchini ribbon salad, and that wonderful balsamic drizzle! Having a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern background and married to an Italian makes using your recipes really easy to serve, and the family loves everything I’ve tried so far. Thank you!

  89. Marilyn Gartley says:

    Over the years, I have tried many of your recipes to the delight of my friends and family. There have been so many crowd-pleasers I don’t know where to begin. Thank you so much for sharing your love of food, life and family. It has helped bring out my inner “Italian Kitchen Goddess”——-
    Two recipes that stand out at the moment are the Ricotta Pound Cake, and the Fig Pistachio Biscotti.
    Thank you again, Marilyn

  90. Congratulations! I too follow your blog and have prepared so so so so many of your recipes and each time I have a new favorite. They are all delicious so it’s very difficult to name just one. The individual squash Neapolitans were a huge hit though at one of my dinner parties. Thanks for your inspiration.

  91. Oh, Marie, I love your site! Just last week at the ballpark, I sat in front of Cubs’ fans (gasp! and Cubs won–ACK!) and the gentleman I struck up a conversation with was married to an Italian–so I asked if she read Pound Italian Cook and he wasn’t familiar with it–but said he would tell her all about it! I guess one of my favorites was the Pepper and Egg Sandwich–reminded me of happy times at my grandma’s house.

  92. Lynn Baskin says:

    I love all your recipes and ideas. I’ve been in a cooking “rut” lately and you have truly inspired me!!

  93. Cedar Planked Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops are A-MAZ-ING! As a Chicago girl now living in SC, I relish your blog and facebook pages!

  94. Connie Barley says:

    I love, love your recipes. I just made the roasted tomatoes with the pasta. I don’t know how you come up with all the wonderful ideas that you give us–thanks so much!

  95. Darla Delfosse says:

    Every recipe catches my eye, but the stuffed eggplant with ricotta, spinach and artichoke was a favorite.

  96. Tessa Mathews says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love the savory ricotta bundles with pancetta and the basil olive oil!

  97. Lorraine Strickland says:

    While I am new to your blog, I can see that you have many wonderful recipes. You also have a way of helping us think of beautiful memories of family, friends and good food that were so much a part of our lives. Thank you for that.

  98. Ginny DiBernardo-Dean says:

    I love all of your recipes because you cook like my parents did as I was growing up, and I continue the tradition. My favorite is Baked Rigatoni…..you are the best!!

  99. Congratulations Marie. I’ve always felt welcome at your virtual table — and I never left hungry! Hope one day we get to meet ‘for real’!

  100. Joan Tomasso Carlone says:

    Happy Blogiversary !!! I love the Portobellos Caprese Style !!..To die for ….mmmmmmmm

  101. Mary Beth says:

    Your raviolis are the best!!

  102. The Recipe Index on your newly designed website is my favorite feature…makes finding all your yummy recipes easy-peasy! Happy Blogiversary! (Also love your ebook, and was SO HAPPY I could acquire it as Kindle content…how about a future ebook on celebrating the holidays Italian-style?!)

  103. I love your photos! The recipes I’ve enjoyed the most are those using roasted vegetables. Congratulations!!!

  104. I love anything you make that features roasted or grilled vegetables and have used your recipes many times!

  105. Happy Anniversary! My favorite is your Ricotta Stuffed Chicken. Love that so! But I like all of your recipes, what can I say?

    • Heather R says:

      Everything you make is absolutely Fabulous!!! :-) :-) I love making all of your recipes, and most importantly my Hubby loves them!! :-) ;-) Thank you for all of your Amazing recipes!! You bring my family together. :-) I look forward to getting your Proud Italian Cook emails. :-) :-) Can’t wait for your next recipe!! :-) :-) Mangia Mangia

  106. My favorite recipe is the butternut squash stuffed shells with lemon sage brown butter. I made them for my sister-in-laws baby shower and they were a hit. So much of a hit, that we now eat them every Thanksgiving.

  107. I have your ricotta tomato tart on my short list!

  108. kris petty says:

    I love your recipe for Zucchini Ribbon Salad! It looks so yummy and it would be perfct for my abundance of garden zucchini :)

  109. One of my favorites is your Limoncello Tart with Amaretti Cookie Crust. Happy Blogiversary!

  110. Everything you make!!!!! I made the Italian pasta salad for a family barbecue and everyone LOVED it! Thanks!

  111. Sharon Pike says:

    Congratulations! I love you zucchini ribbon salad!

  112. I love, love, love everything you post…you cannot actually ask me to pick ONE recipe.
    And Happy Anniversary!!! I wish I had found your blog 6 years ago…but then again…I would still have to
    be running marathons….xoxo

  113. I downloaded your sauces ebook and can’t wait to try them!

  114. Diane Vandermast says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!! I went from vegetarian to vegan a few months ago, and I love so many of your vegetable dishes. Simple, yet so flavorful, and I can veganize them (if necessary) very quickly and easily. I’ve unsubscribed from a lot of blogs over the past few months, but yours is one of the few omnivore blogs that I still read with pleasure.

  115. Congratulations! I love all your real Italian recipes and all the beautiful pictures. I remember finding your site looking for melrose peppers one year and have been reading ever since.

  116. The thing I like about your blog is the recipes are different and new. However I can usually find all the ingredients pretty easily.

  117. The Feast of the Assumption is your Blogiversary! Wow! Happy 6 years! I love your blog. Your recipes have appeared a number of times on my blog! And I just forwarded your Basil Oil recipe to my brother-in-law who has so much basil.
    When I see your emails pop up in the in box I know I will be wanting to make what ever you have posted. Just wished you lived next door to me!
    My favorite recipe would have to be the Winter Vegetable Torte – http://www.prouditaliancook.com/2012/01/winter-vegetable-torte.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProudItalianCook+%28PROUD+ITALIAN+COOK%29

  118. Love love love the recipes, but the best part about this blog is the photography and the descriptions. You can almost taste the food from the photos.
    I share your emails with my sister who is on an Italian Cooking Team regularly!!!
    Keep it coming …
    ciao

  119. Denice Metz says:

    Love your blog and recipes can’t wait to win

  120. I’m new to your blog…and I absolutely love it! congratulations on 6 years! So far I think my favorite recipe is ZUCCHINI RIBBON SALAD with ASPARAGUS and CORN….but I am really looking forward to trying ALL of your wonderful sounding recipes :)

  121. Kristin Lenz says:

    A friend forwarded one of your recipes to me a year ago and I’ve been following ever since. I especially love that you cook with so many brightly colored vegetables.

  122. I love ALL your recipes and have tried many. Recently my fav would be the roasted veggie and pasta for a crowd. It’s great to make for my large Italian family not to mention potluck dinners. Your food is also beautiful and you have taught me about presentation. I now use my spring form pan for veggie dishes and other things beside dessert! You send me wonderful recipes via e-mail and I am constantly pinning your recipes to my Pinterest and many people are repining.

  123. Linda Tillman says:

    I love the inventiveness of all of your recipes. You take traditional Italian cooking and add just a little somethin-somethin that makes the dish stand out…I look forward to receiving your blog in my inbox every week…

  124. Vegetables made simply, authentic, Bellisima! Congratulations!

  125. I love all of your recipes. The recipe I like the most was the one for neckbones and green beans. Love it.

  126. Happy Blogiversary!!! I love all of your recipes, but my all time favorite is Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Pesto Sauce.

  127. Hi, happy anniversary… I love all your suggestions for using grilles veggies. Your amazing photos make me so hungry every time I see them…:) wishing you more success and good health

  128. Kristine Kelly says:

    I love, love, love Italian food and I truly enjoyed your pork chops Marsala recipe. Your rainbow carrot ribbon salad is next on my list to try. I always look forward to receiving your emails with the recipes!

  129. I have been a subscriber of your blog for over a year, and I LOVE it! I have recently relocated from the Chicago area to Las Vegas, and you keep me feeling close to home. Congratulations on your Blogiversary, here’s to many more years! Thank you so much for all you do!

  130. I love your colorful photos and glorious array of vegetable dishes. Love your Caprese Ravioli w/ Roasted Tomato Pesto!

  131. Happy anniversary!! I found you through Pinterest and love the recipes and photos that you post. I have made a few and they are delish! As a non meat eater, I love to see all of the creative veggie dishes that you create. Thank you!

  132. Mary Crabtree says:

    Congratulations! I really appreciate the accent on “fresh” in your recipes. And the zucchini ribbon salad is simple, appetizing and just what I look for in a recipe. Thanks a bunch!

  133. Lisa in Indy says:

    Congratulations, Marie!
    I’ve so enjoyed your stories & wonderful recipes the last few years. Nothing is better than red sauce & cheese… in my “Proud Italian Cook file”, I have to say my favorites are: “Shrimp & Artichoke Risotto” and ” Stuffed Eggplant with Ricotta, Spinach & Artichokes” (can you see I love artichokes?!)….. Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Lisa

  134. Melissa Guay says:

    I love love love everything about your blog – my favorite recipe of yours is the tilapia on the grill with the olives and tomatoes and sliced lemons and fresh herbs….my whole family is happy when I make that!

  135. Olive crusted cod. Yummmmmmmy!! Love your content, photos and recipes

  136. Happy Blogiversary!
    I really enjoy all of your recipes. Coming from an Italian family, it’s wonderful to see someone celebrate the heritage, honor the traditions, use the old recipes, but put a new twist on them as well. Thank you so much for all of that & more.
    I truly enjoyed the Basil Infused Olive Oil recipe you recently shared.
    Again, Happy, Happy Blogiversary & MANY MORE!

  137. Maura Endres says:

    Creamy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables is my absolute favorite! I have forwarded it to so many friends and foodies. I am looking forward to making the Basil Oil this weekend. Thank you for all the inspiration, and congratulations on the success of your blog.

  138. Happy Anniversary! I always look forward to every email from you so I know what I’ll be making next. Choosing one recipe is like saying which child is your favorite. I must say that the Cherry Studded Ricotta Tart tasted like it came from a fine bakery. Love your ebook too!! Thanks for all you share with your readers.

  139. I always look forward to your blog posts, but my favorite so far was the one that featured the plank baked cheese. I forwarded it to like 10 people and then we made it for my son’s birthday party.

  140. !Congatulations and DO NOT STOP! I love so many of your recipes — your recipes are so colorful and enticing—one of our favorites is the Tilapia on the grill, beautiful and delicious. We also love the grilled Shrimp and Lobster Gremolata—-OHHHH!!! Color is so important and you just have vibrant looking dishes as well as DElicious. Thank you for sharing.

  141. I love all of your beautiful recipes. They remind me of the fantastic dishes my dearly departed Italian Grandmother made. Your wonderful Easter Bread would make her proud. Keep up the good work! & Thank You for the recipes and the memories.

  142. Valerie Zagami says:

    One of my favorite recipes is the Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Tart recipe. Very nice for so many occasions. It is a tough choice as you have so many great recipes and ideas. Your photos are wonderful. Happy Blogiversary to you and many more! Thank you for your blog…

  143. Diane from Boston says:

    Pasta! Fresh vegetables! Those butternut-sage stuffed shells! All fabulous!

  144. Elizabeth K says:

    I love all the recipes you post, but what I really love about your blog is the beautiful photos that accompany the posts. The food looks luscious, fresh, like I could reach right into the photo and grab a bite. As someone who loves to cook, it is very inspiring to read your blog. Congrats on your blogaversary!

  145. Love it all
    My favorite for the last few weeks has been pan patty squash salad
    I go to the farmers market every Thursday and come home and make a large salad
    It’s great leftover

    Congratulations

  146. Congratulations Marie on 6 years. You’re great! I love your recipes, your blog, the way you lay out your recipes and various tripe you give for each recipe. Your recipes are healthy and a nice variety. You’re one of my favorites. Thanks for the opportunity.

  147. The portabella style caprese are amazing. So simple to make as an appetizer, side dish or entrée. Just depends on the size. A nice substitute for our usual tomato and cheese caprese. Love the smell as it cooks. No one can resist trying them. A lttle balsamic takes it over the top. Love simple and fresh recipes like this. Keep them coming.

  148. Laura Willard says:

    My whole family (including my mother-in-law) loved your roasted vegetable tart with phyllo. It was so easy, healthy, delicious, and beautiful. Definitely a dish to bring to a potluck!

  149. Marie, I meant to spell out “tips” and not tripe. Sorry I hit the button too soon. Thanks

  150. Congratulations! You were one of the first blogs I fell in-love with, and I was so impressed with how friendly you were. You still are! I love all your grilling recipes– well, heck, I love all your recipes. I wish you many more years, sharing your Italian heritage recipes.

  151. 6yrs, WOW! Congrats! I’ve only been here for a short time but I love your recipes. There’s one I haven’t tried yet but would like to, the pics are so good. Have tried 1 or 2 already and will try many more I’m sure. Keep up the good work and again Congrats!

  152. congratulations,and thanks for always sharing such delectable recipes,and ideas.I have always been totally over the moon crazy about you cauliflower sformato,it is absolutely delicious every time.

  153. Susan Joy says:

    Congrats on your Blog Anniversary! I am married to an Italian and I LOVE to cook. I cook with passion. I know that every time I open your blog site I can’t go wrong. So many wonderful recipes you have shared with so many people. We have traveled all over Italy and have eaten amazing fresh food. “Mi sposo e’una buona forchetta”…… (my husband is one who enjoys eating well and appreciates high quality food). The Proud Italian Blog is perfect for finding what I need! I love your *Grilled Fennel salad with Fresh Herbs…*Veggie Napoleon…*Cedar Planked Grilled and Stuffed Portobellos!!
    Grazia Mille!!
    Buon Appetito!!

  154. Congratulations on your 6th Blogversary!!
    I love so many of your recipes, but I make your soups most frequently- I am addicted to your Italian Wedding soup!
    Oh, and your recipe for basil oil rocks too!!

  155. Happy anniversary!! I ‘m sorry but I cant pick just 1!! I love them all! Each recipe I have made is amazing!! I have tons and tons of them but each recipe is just filled with love…it just warms my heart! Good food brings people together and each recipe is filled with love and memories!!

  156. Congratulations! You have provided me with many wonderful recipes and ideas. Your stuffed acorn squash is a standby now, and your appetizers with the cherry tomatoes, salami and mozzarella are a go-to as well. I have tried and loved so many of your recipes. Thank you for all of the inspiration.

  157. stephanie says:

    We like your Zucchini Ribbon Salad lately…but I really want to make your Primavera Pasta Pie! Congrats and thanks to you! Oh and my hubby like your Pizza Omelet – he is not a huge breakfast fan so we are happy!

  158. Congratulations!!! LOVE your blog, and your sauce e-book,brings back so many memories of my grandmother. We loved your summer salad w/ patty pan & 8 ball squash— your pictures should make anyone want to cook!!! Thanks again,Cindy

  159. Happy 6th, Marie! So glad to be sharing
    your success with you. I’m always
    anxious to open your emails! Love the
    way the recipes are laid out at the
    bottom of each blog–so easy to read. And
    your photos are the best! Congrats and best
    wishes!

  160. Love the roasted veggie pasta…as well as many other recipes and tips.

  161. Charlene Day says:

    I am Irish and live with a 100% Italian. Your website is where I turn when my Vito says that he remembers a dish that his Grandmother made when he was a boy. He has MS so life can be difficult for him. But recipes I take from your website, give him a smile and help him to remember! Thank you!

  162. I enjoy how many vegetable recipes you share…I love making the Winter Veggie Torte…It is awesome and such a flexible recipe! Makes ya look like a Cooking TV Star!

  163. Susan McGreevy says:

    Marie – congratulations and Happy Anniversary. I love receiving your blog and look forward to seeing it in my in box. You inspire me to experiment and have confidence in the kitchenand try new ingredients. I have too many recipes to name here, but please know that you touch a lot of foodies out there and make our mouths water.

  164. Kathleen Rottner-Pink says:

    Happy 6th B-Day! I love your blog. My favorite is your farro salad. I discovered farro when I ate at Mozza in Los Angeles. Looked all over for Farro and found it at Trader Joes, and Sprouts! It is my go to grain. Your salad is fresh and healthy.
    Thank you for all your great recipes!
    Warm regards,
    P

  165. I’m inspired by your beautiful photos. One recipe that I love is Portobello Baked Fries with Red Pepper Aoli. Delicious! Thanks for your blog and this giveaway!

  166. Darlene Naylor says:

    First of all Marie CONGRATULATIONS on 6 fabulous years of sharing so much with all of us. I cannot begin to pick a favorite. I have made so many of your wonderful dishes with many raves regarding what a good cook I am (not really ) I just follow your instructions. I love your blog as you show the different photos of different steps. Makes me want to hop into the kitchen and start making them. Your gift of yourself is a wonder! Good luck with many more years!

  167. I love the simple elegance of the food. I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time. Thank you!

  168. Vickie Tuckker says:

    LOVE your Parsley Walnut pesto, it is so fresh tasting!

  169. Marva Crane says:

    I love that you use so much fresh fruit and vegetables- and your Pictures- well, no words will suffice. Mama Mia, hope I win!!

  170. I too love all your recipes – as much for the taste as for how beautiful they look! My all time fave has to be Pasta Fagioli Soup. It has become a staple in our house!

  171. Zucchini ribbons, but it is difficult to pick. I like most all of them. Congrats on your anniversary.

  172. Stephanie miller says:

    Truly, the reason I love your recipes is because, I was never an Italian Food eater and now my 6 year old and myself love it. It’s all thanks to you! I love all the portobello recipes! I have a garden and your recipes are so perfect and fresh. Thanks again, being from Texas where everything is Tex-Mex this is an awesome addition! God Bless…..and keep them coming!

  173. Thanks so much for sharing with us, your love and passion for family and food is inspirational!

  174. Roseann Henson says:

    I, too, am a proud Italian cook. Your recipes are inspiring and presented beautifully

  175. I love the caprese style portobellos.

  176. Your recipe for “Little Lasagnas with Tomato, Burrata and Pesto” is one of my very favorites. For me it’s a go-to comfort food. Whether it’s cold weather or just a bummer of a day, this recipe always cheers me up. :-) Another thing I like is the layout of your blog. the opening page is always pleasing to the eyes and easy to find what one is looking for. Great job and happy blogiversary!

  177. Roseann Henson says:

    Congratulations. I, too, am a proud Italian cook and look forward to your wonderful recipes. I love that they are easy to prepare and your presentation is so inspiring that I want to make each and every one. Have tried several and they are all delicious. Thank you for you time and effort.

  178. I have to say that it would be difficult for me to pick just one recipe as a favorite. I make the zucchini ribbon salad with feta a lot. I love the e-book you did on Italian sauces. There is not one that I don’t want to try. I went out in search for pork neck bones one day and came home empty handed. I enjoy each and every one of your emails and the ones I have not tried I have put away to try in the future. It always amazes me how you can take a simple plate of grilled vegetables and make it look so magnificent. Congratulations of you 6th Blogiversary! Look forward to celebrating with you for many years to come.

  179. Maria Brownstein says:

    Awesome website! I love reading about you and your recipes. Many of them remind me of my childhood cooking for our Italian family with my mother and grandmother – the baked rigatoni was always a favorite of ours too!

  180. Deanna C. says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love all of your recipes, but my favorite is your Creamy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables. It always hits the spot! Thanks for providing all of these wonderful recipes!

  181. I look forward to seeing all of you recipes. It is so much fun to try out a new recipe.

  182. Kim O'Brien says:

    I love seeing all the pictures you post with your recipes. It makes it so easy to me to follow along. Your post about basil infused oil has inspired me to plant multiple basil plants!

  183. Gail Carroll says:

    Thanks for six great years. I thoroughly enjoy your recipes and pictures. The zucchini ribbon salad was beautiful and tasty,

  184. Happy anniversary on your blog! I have learned so much from you all. Thank you for the chance to win, this would be amazeballs!

  185. Dennis Rosa says:

    I like the fresh ingredients you use on your recipes, I lobe eggplant and love to cook thin sliced breaded eggplant. Your recipe with the healthy style of cooking the breaded eggplant with only lightly spraying the skillet and then baking them in the oven for 20 minutes then assembling them as stacked caprese style layered eggplant dish is healthy and still tastes great. The other dish I made was the zucchini lasagna with the roasted garlic béchamel sauce with marinara was fantastic. Made it twice. I cook Italian cookies and panettone bread at Christmas time, the biscotti are my favorite especially with fruit, nuts and different flavorings. I like uniscotti which are once baked and softer. Congrats on your flavorful, creative and very visual articles on eating, cooking, and visiting food suppliers. Homemade pasta also with sauces! Viva Italy and Sicily, The best part is that you are sharing your passion and all of us are learning and enjoying the results, along with our families and friends. Here is to another 6 plus years of enjoyment. Dennis

  186. Julia Powers says:

    I found your blog about a year ago and have made so many of your delicious recipes. I am not sure if I can pick just one! I make the zucchini boats about once a week and just recently made the grilled kale salad-delicious! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift.

  187. Congratulation on 6 years, Marie! I’m a longtime fan. I really enjoy the features you do on your big cooking days with your family- pasta making days, Christmas cookie days, etc. Hope to see more of those soon!

  188. Louise DiRe says:

    Congrats on your anniversary. I love your blog..have tried many recipes and love them…please continue to keep us inspired.

  189. Happy 6th anniversary, and many, many more. I love the beautiful pictures of the finished product in the recipe index. All your hard work is truly appreciated by all your followers.

  190. Maryann S says:

    Well, 6 years! I can’t believe how time flies! A warm congrats to you, my friend.
    The best and most favorite thing about Proud Italian Cook is it’s author Marie. What a sweety.
    I wish you luck and love in all your future endeavors, Marie.
    -Maryann

  191. Ruthie Selch says:

    Happy Anniversary! Most recently I have enjoyed “Making Basil Oil”. Having a bumper crop of basil this recipe came at a very opportune time – Thank you, Thank you!

  192. Love the ebook…best book I have

  193. I love your blog…your recipes are always fresh and authentic. The individual butternut lasagna’s were so delicious! Keep the inspiration coming, please. Thank you…

  194. Helen Jackson says:

    love your photograghy! the food always looks great too!

  195. Congratulations! How wonderful that you are celebrating – and letting us all join in on the fun. Now how the heck am I supposed to select just one recipe, Marie? You’re making this hard. Let’s go for that grilled kale from just a couple of weeks ago. Seriously, your work is stellar, and your really lovely spirit shines through in every single thing you do. My only gripe about you and your site is that you are not a neighbor. We’d have a ball together!

  196. I love your soups! I have made the ricotta dumpling, the not your mamma’s chicken soup and the onion soup!!!

  197. Happy Anniversary!! I Love the baked rigatoni. I have made it for two good friends who had surgery, as well as a a family reunion and a 50th birthday…just to name a few. It’s always a big hit.
    Thank up for your Awesome recipes!!!

  198. I absolutely love the vivid photographs of all the colorful veggies! My mouth actually waters every time I read your blog. I made the basil oil the day I saw it and have been using it on almost everything!

  199. Geraldine bocchieri says:

    I love your grilled vegetables!!

  200. Sara White says:

    I loved the Rainbow Carrot Ribbon Salad recipe! The colors inspired me to pick up some rainbow carrots of my own at the Charleston Farmers Market!

  201. Carmela C says:

    Happy 6th Blogiversary! I have been following your blog for a while now and love all your posts and recipes. I love all of it especially the fresh vegetables and dessert recipes. I have made many of your recipes and my husband and family want to thank you.

  202. Boun Giorno Mia Amica – I recently signed up about two months ago and love the site. As a first generation Italian, it’s SO nice to see some one keeping tradition alive as I lost my mom tenyears ago to cancer. I need a reference point for all of her great recipes that were lost and this has beeen a great reference point for me so thank you. I love the incorporation of vegetables into the meals but also the gnocchis for my husband’s “northern” side. We have polenta arguments all the time! Thanks for such a great site and all of the sauces. We lobe your gnocchis and the suggestions for potatoes.

  203. Marie~
    I’ve followed your blog for years, and I love it! A few times I’ve emailed you and you’ve always responded. I’ve downloaded your book, and I can’t wait to see what the next years brings for you. Keep up the good work.

    XOXOXO

    Mary Kay
    (A fellow Chicagoan)

  204. Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I love the roasted eggplant stuffed with ricotta and other roasted vegetables. I shared the recipe with a friend, and she and her husband also loved it. The pictures on Proud Italian Cook are always beautiful and inspirational.

    Thanks for sharing your passion!
    Ali

  205. My favorite recipe of yours is the Grilled Vegetable Tart with Phyllo! So delicious!!

  206. Denise Long says:

    Fresh Strawberry and Ricotta Tart!

  207. Pamela Senduy says:

    I love your blog it is difficult to pick a favorite recipe. We love the pasta with roasted vegetables. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Looking.foward to the next six.

  208. Leona Marchand says:

    I was looking for fall recipes since it’s right around the corner and saw your Stuffed Acorn Squash. I loved the look of it and that I can use almost anything from the farmer’s market or my fridge in it. I’ll be giving it a try soon.

  209. Happy 6th Marie. I love the way you showcase your recipes, there’s always a beautiful story capturing your feelings about the recipes you are presenting. I particularly love the Little Lasagnas with Tomato Burrata & Pasta. My daughter introduced me to burrata and you offered your simple yet elegant version of the recipe from Cucina Italiana. Bravo.

  210. Enjoy your ideas I just love Italian food. About a year ago I think you posted pics of Italy trip…I so enjoyed them and look forward to Italy soon.

  211. karen kelly says:

    Marie, it is hard to select one specific recipe. When I first stumbled upon your blog , I was so addicted to your enticing pictures that inspired me to want to make everything. I am half Italian and my grandmother and mother were marvelous cooks. However, the creative twists you put into familiar recipes are so inviting. I love your presentation and the fact the you stepped it up so many notches. I guess, I would pick the zucchini tart!! When it comes out of the oven, it looks like a piece of art!! I couldn’t believe I made such a gorgeous and tasty dish . Hats off, Marie!!

  212. Peggy Pettis says:

    I love the beautiful pictures of the recipes and the fact that you use so many wonderful veggies in your recipes. It doesn’t matter if I’ve just eaten a full meal your pictures always, always make me hungry!

  213. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and have made many of your recipes. I especially enjoy the phyllo tart with the grilled vegetables . I have shared your fantastic blog with all of my friends and family and they all agree that you have a wonderful knack for creating easy and tasty recipes! It is 2 am and I am now wondering if I have phyllo to make your tart this weekend !!!!

  214. I prepared your lemon risotto with roasted tomatoes with grilled beef tenderloin steaks and it was a big hit. I will definitely serve it again at my next dinner party.

  215. I enjoy the Italian gravy recipes, especially in summer when I can use my garden bounty! Your pictures and instructions make it so easy.
    Happy anniversary and keep on, keeping on! Kath

  216. I love getting your recipes through email and facebook.
    My favourite is Spring Green Pasta with Parsley Walnut Pesto. Although I can’t try all your recipes because I am a vegetarian, I do enjoy reading the ones with meat. I often make recipies and just omit the meat cooked in it.
    I also liked your summer salad sides :)

  217. Susan Morgan says:

    I loved your Patty Pan Squash Carpaccio recipe and how you incorporated it in antipasto! Perfect on a hot summer evening. I have looked at patty pan at the farmers market loving the shape, but just not sure what to do with them. This is a delicious, quick way to incorporate veggies into a meal keeping it colorful, light and nutritious!

  218. charlotte says:

    Love when it comes to my email and gives me instant ideas on what to have for dinner, if not that night for one very soon!

  219. Carol LaBanco Szafalowicz says:

    First let me say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Well deserved Marie. As I’ve told you before, every time I see your new
    Posts I get so excited. Love your pictures, your personal comments but most of all the recipes are all doable, they all
    come out wonderful. You have become my “go to” person when company is coming or on just a average day when I need
    ideas. Your recipes for crowds like the pasta with the roasted veggies and the Italian sausage have become a automatic when
    we have a crowd. I just love your E Book and it’s so great to have that in my cabinet for easy grabbing.
    So, thank you so much and always keep those great posts coming………warmly, Carol from Chicago

    P.S. Waiting for “YOUR” cook book!!!!

  220. I love the lemon picatta talapia- made me rethink talapia!

  221. Marcia Bergtholdt says:

    Congratulations on 6 years strong – no small feat! When an Italian friend sent me a pasta machine I started combing recipes trying to find out how to use it. I settled on yours because it gave me the confidence to actually use it. I immediately was drawn to your ravioli with pumpkin. I was hooked! Today I’m going to try the trick of freezing basil leaves in little cups, and I’m going to make the salmon pesto. But what I like best about your recipes is the wide variety of healthy foods and how you involve your extended family. I think that’s what I love about Italians the most – family centric! Ciao.

  222. Patricia Buckley says:

    Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I always check your blog for recipes. We like to research different recipes especially when we cook over the weekends and we always find something scrumptious from the Proud Italian Cook. Thanks, Marie!!

  223. What an amazing site this is. There are some out there that try and duplicate it…but don’t even come close. I attribute all my good cooking skills to you! Congratulations on your anniversary! Please don’t ever stop!!Love the site.
    I would have to say my favorite dishes are the ones I tackled most often and that would be your pastas and sauces. I am especially fond of the pumpkin knocci. Excellent! So fun to make. Thank you! Sheri Geines, Berwick, Pa

  224. Janet Morrison says:

    Congratulations on your 6 years of sharing. I always check out your recipes, print and save the ones I love and recommend your site to friends that are interested in Italian cooking. Thanks for sharing!!

  225. Denise Lamb says:

    I just found your site recently.

    I love your lemon risotto with the roasted tomatoes
    and also the Italian Style Vegetble Paella.

    Can’t wait to try the Roasted Parmesan- Creamed Onions are the
    menu for tomorrow nights dinner.

    Denise

  226. Marlin marshall says:

    I have enjoyed proud italian since the moment I started reading it….I love the photos, and the ease of the recipes . The veges seem to pop off the page making my mouth water! Thank you and a very Happy Aniversary!

  227. Susan Haas says:

    I made your sausage and peppers recipe recently for an outdoor family gathering of about 20 people added an arrabiata sauce that I made and served on rolls it was a hit! Will make again!! Thanks for all your great recipes!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes…your photos are beautiful!

  228. Penne wheeler says:

    Happy Anniversary! I have not received an e recipe that I has not made my mouth water, I regularly share them with colleagues and friends. I’m looking forward to more. Your photos are gorgeous, they remind of many days spent in my great grandparents kitchen. I love the idea of farm to table cooking but then remember as a a child what we picked in the garden drove the dinner menu!

  229. Happy Anniversary! It was your lightened up panani that caught my eye, and I have been enjoying your recipes ever since.

  230. Happy day and new year! My very favorite is the pepper and egg sandwich…a classic!! Thanks for sharing your passion. xoxo

  231. anita collins says:

    Ahhhhhh…..the basil oil over crusty toasted Italian bread drizzled with basil oil, layered with bacon, sliced tomatoes and a sunny side up egg drizzled with more basil oil………………… delish!!!!!!!!!!!! PERFECT DISH!!!!!!!!

  232. KathrynK FL says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I love your blog because I am Italian and from the NE (NJ)

  233. Michele Alford says:

    I love the pictures, the recipes are well-explained and delightful, but what I truly love most is that it all reminds me of eating at my Italian grandmother’s house! So it always gives me a teary twinge and a warm-fuzzy. Thanks for that!

  234. Pat Atkins says:

    Discovered your blog this year and look forward to your inspiration on many italian favorites. Thank you and Happy anniversary!

  235. Congratulations Marie in your 6 years. I know you’ll be celebrating many more. :)
    I loved your recipes for stuffed portabella mushrooms and Parmesan Creamed Onions.
    I also love your blog because it’s like stepping back into my families kitchens while growing up in a huge Italian family. And like you I also love colorful looking foods and your pictures are wonderful to see. Thank you for sharing your love of food and cooking.
    Carol L

  236. Amy Twombly says:

    I look forward to your e-mails and love your veg heavy recipes and photography. You’ve inspired me to roast more vegetables than I ever would have thought of on my own. I love your blog. Thanks!

  237. Christina K. says:

    I love love love the pork marsala! Even my family (who can be a bit picky) loves it. We also love the olive crusted cod in foil!

  238. Jo Caulkins says:

    The photos in your blog are a GIFT among every other email I receive! I always feel like I have my best friend talking me through the recipe…no fear…it will be wonderful. And it is!

  239. Congratulations on your first 6, successful years!

    I love to read your blog and look forward to opening my emails from you. You give great attention to the details of the recipes and highlight the simple things in everyday life, too! You are truly an inspiration! I love your sense of humor and throw caution to the wind, spirit! Most entertaining, to say the least!

    THANK YOU!

  240. Jan Madia says:

    “How do you solve a problem like Marie?” Well, just put your apron on & choose one of The Proud Italian girls’ recipes. Do you have my mother hidden in your kitchen? I’m sure you do because whenever I make one of your
    dishes I can feel Mama in the room with me helping me make dinner. Just like you, Marie she was always showing me how to get the meal on the table! Thanks & Happy Anniversary

  241. Happy anniversary ! I couldn’t even begin to tell u my faves. I read this all the time! It’s wonderful!

  242. I must say I check every recipe that comes to my inbox. Your blog is rich in color, easy to navigate, and filled with food that triggers my hunger and inspires my next get together. I love the personal travel trips you post and seeing different cultures through your lens. Thank you and congrats on your success!

  243. I found your blog a little over a year ago and I think your blog is my favorite! Every recipe I have tried has been delicious. The pictures you add are beautiful. I loved the Spring Frittata.

  244. What a beautiful basket and great gift idea. Love your website, all of your recipes are so user friendly. I look forward to your emails.

  245. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog because it reminds me of home – Brooklyn, NY – and how much I miss the wonderful food. You have given me many great ideas on how to prepare things different than the usual way. I may not follow your recipes to the ‘T’ – I like to add my own little twist. Thank you.

  246. ElainieMay says:

    Honestly, it is impossible to choose a favorite. I think I will choose the Plank Grilled Portobellos.

  247. I just found your blog a week or so ago but I’ve already been inspired. My favorite recipe thus far is the basil oil. We have so much coming from the garden, this was a great way to use a lot and an easy, user friendly way.

  248. Jessica Spizzirri says:

    I love tat your a “local” girl because I shop at the same stores as you and we have a similar cooking style. I always take advantage of whatever is seasonal when I’n out shopping and it-and YOU!- inspire me to cook with it. I also love my lemon olive oil you reviewed last year so I always listen to your recommendations!

  249. Congratulations Marie on your 6 year anniversary. I love your site and wonderful recipes you offer. You are a professional in your field. I like the way you lay out the directions and notes on all recipes. Nice giveaway. Thanks Marie.

  250. Love your site! You’ve been many an inspiration for many dinner parties for me.
    Happy Anniversary and many more!!!!

  251. Frannie Leonard says:

    Congratulations! I “found” you via a pinterest pin almost 1 year ago (pork chops with Thyme and a cream sauce) I love to cook and love your recipes! (lemon risotto OMG) I look forward to each email update :) frannie

  252. Congratulations, Marie. Six years of blogging is a real accomplishment full of good things and lots of challenges. You have inspired me to be more creative with vegetables and add lots more of them to my menus. Grilling has become a regular part of our routine. Thanks for six years of great recipes. I’m looking forward to many more.

  253. Congratulations on your blogiversary. I, too, stumbled upon your site by while searching for something, and now, you are the first site I visit for all my food needs! I love being able to cook for our Italian friends. They rave every time! Thank you for your efforts.

  254. I love that you make everything look so easy & delicious. Especially fun for me to read you as I am also in your neck of the woods in the western suburbs of Chicago. Thanks for blogging!

  255. LINDA ANNONI says:

    Congratulations Marie on 6 years of blogging. I really enjoy getting your recipes each week. One of my favorites is the grilled eggplant patties as they are very simple to make and they are so colorful. I am making them next weekend for a barbeque we are having with a large Italian group. Hope they all enjoy them.

  256. I tried the Veggie Bundles Wrapped in Phyllo (May 15, 2013) and loved them. I like trying recipes with Phyllo, because I love the light flakiness of the pastry. This recipe was delicious. I would also like to add that any of the salad recipes I have tried have been great eats and wonderful for beating the unbearable 100º+ summer heat we have been having in Texas. Thank you.

  257. Congratulations on your 6th anniversary…I am just sorry it took me so long to find you! I have been missing some terrific recipes. What I love about sites like yours is that not only do a learn a lot about cooking, but I have the opportunity to learn some fascinating things about so many cities across our wonderful country! I certainly plan to send a Manhattan Fruitier basket in the future…again a company I may have never have heard of without a blog such as yours! Keep up the good work. Oh, and I can’t wait to make the Basil Oil … have a huge basil plant and don’t want to waste one leaf! Thanks again Marie :)

  258. Mu husband recently joined a company that sells glutton free pasta and other products and when testing with clients and also at trade shows, I print out your recipes and between the glutton free pasta and your recipes, the business has gone over the moon! One of their favorites is your Lasagnetti with crumbled sausage, asparagus and zucchini coins.

    Keep on cooking and creating dishes that have helped impact a growing glutton free company who uses your recipes religiously!

  259. Stephanie says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I love all of your recipes but my favorite is the Timpano. I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet but it is what brought me to your blog and I’ve been following ever since!

  260. congrats on youe anniversary,,love the recipes,,bring back such wonderful memories and remembering my mother and grandmother and smelling so many of those great smells

  261. I love your recipes & pic’s…. happy anniversary!

  262. Aurora Ambrose says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I love your recipes, but may favorite from this summer (so far) is the zucchini ribbon salad. It inspired me to make a patty pan pasta dish: very thinly sliced tossed into warm bucatini with toasted pistachios, shaved baby red onions, grated romano, olive oil and lemon juice. Thank you for the inspiration and push to experiment!

  263. Congratulations!
    Marie, Your blog has been one of my constant “go to” for great easy recipes! The photos are stunning, the directions are easy to understand. You share a bit of yourself with every post! Thank you!

  264. I love reading your blog! Your colorful pictures and use of vegetables is my favorite. Last night I tried your Patty Pan Squash Carpaccio salad and my hubby loved it!
    Congratulations on your 6th anniversary, please keep the ideas coming :)

  265. Marie: Congratulations on your 6 year blogiversary!!! I am new to the blog – a friend told me about you about 3 months ago and needless to say, like many others, I am hooked. I pride myself on being a proud Itailian cook myself – we have so much in common!!! I made your grilled artichokes with lemon aioli and and the zucchini ribbon salad – they were both quickly adopted into my family’s “must have regularly” menu items. I look forward to trying many of your other recipes very soon!

  266. The Tuscan Pork Roast and the Pasta, green beans and pesto. Happy Anniversary!

  267. We just love the eggplant patties. Have given the recipe
    to my children, who love it also. So Healthy!

  268. Ann Musso says:

    What I love about PROUD ITALIAN COOK is how you truly honor your heritage. PROUD is the key word here, which is what led me to check out your site. There are oodles of cooking blogs and sites out there, but yours brings me back to the trattoria’s of Italy. The aromas, the sounds, the warmth that is the amazing country of Italy and it’s gracious people. Your family must be very PROUD of their ITALIAN COOK!! Salute!

  269. To many to list i love getting the mails i save each one ….the photos always make me reach beyond my cooking skills and i’m … happy that they are alot easier then i think….always YUMMY….getting my family to eat more veggies has been an added bonus:)

  270. I love your gorgeous pictures — and how you’ve inspired me to start roasting veggies, and even come up with my own roasted vegetable pasta.

  271. Brandi Y. says:

    Firstly, Happy anniversary and thank you for bringing my meals more happiness and brightness! Our favorites (so many!) are rounded out by the ricotta stuffed chicken, squash carpaccio (I just discovered patty pan squash at the farmer’s market 2 months ago and can’t believe I have been missing this my whole life!) and the wedding soup. mmm. These gift baskets look amazing. Perfect for a honeymoon staycation, too!

  272. I started with a beautiful tomato tart recipe last year and there has been no turning back! Do-able, delicious food, photographed beautifully. And lovely stories to sweep me along. I so look forward to your blog.

  273. As for which recipe I love, well I can’t pinpoint just one. What keeps me coming back is the beautiful photography and just the variety of food choices. I am so passionate about Italian food and have even started my own blog (Simplyhomemadeitalianfood.blogspot.com) about it. I am just learning and I can only hope to have it last as long as you. Congrats on 6 years. What a milestone. I totally enjoy reading the stories and what is behind the scenes as you make such eye-appealing recipes. I love your basil garden since that is my favorite herb and the smell drives me to get in the kitchen and cook. Again best wishes on your anniversary and I hope to see so much more in the future.

  274. I’m a huge fan of the Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Pesto!

  275. I love the quality/authenticity of your recipes. Your photography and writing is also wonderful.

  276. Laura in San Diego says:

    Happy Anniversary! I found your blog about a year ago and so look forward to the beautiful photos and recipes…you’ve encouraged me to get back out to my local farmer’s markets here in San Diego and this summer I’ve started my own herb garden as well. We’ve enjoyed many of your recipes and because it’s summer, been doing alot of grilling as well. Loved the kale on the grill! Looking forward to the next six years!

  277. Your photography is lovely. When I see the images, I “ooh” and “ahh” and am always pleasantly surprised when I read through the recipe to find, “Hey! I could actually make this!”
    Happy Anniversary!

  278. sonya miller says:

    YOUR WONDERFUL RECIPES INSPIRE ME. lOVE THE RECIPES AND ALWAYS THE PHOTOS. hAVE MADE 90% OF THE RECIPES AND THEY ARE ALWAYS A HUGE HIT. THANK YOU AND A VERY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE YEARS WITH YOU.

  279. Colleen B says:

    How do I love the “Proud Italian Cook”? Let me count the ways:
    1. I am originally from Illinois and love reading about all the Italian markets to visit. I’m keeping a list for my next visit!
    2. I am Italian by marriage into a laarrrgggee Italian family. Italian food has been my passion since I began cooking as a child. Your recipes help me to believe that my instinct for cooking – using what I have to create healthy, flavorful, colorful, and yummy food is Italian.
    3. Many of your recipes make it into my annual, completely homemade Italian Feast that I do for my husband’s family. It’s my gift to them. Thank you for contributing!
    Colleen

  280. I love everything about your web site but I have to say what captures my imagination are your beautiful photographs. I swear I can taste the food and can hardly wait to try out your new recipes. A favorite? Wow-that would be hard but I have to admit that I too have a weakness for vegetables. I’m not sure I’ve met one I didn’t love so I would have to lump all your veggie recipes into one and call it my favorite!

  281. Hilary Merola says:

    Congratulations, Marie. Your recipes and beautiful photos are such an inspiration. My favorite is usually the latest thing you’ve posted. I especially enjoy your vegetable recipes. In the best Italian tradition they are healthy and delicious. Thank you so much for your great efforts with your blog, and all the best for the future. Hilary Merola

  282. Lisa Hochstetler says:

    First off, Happy Blogoversary. I look forward to your blogs and the beautiful photographs and recipes. I am vegan and even though you don’t always list vegan recipes you do make things that I can eat or substitute rather easily with other ingredients.

  283. We really like the grilled pizza. The directions to your recipes are easy and the photos always look great.

  284. Your photos are so pretty. Your recipe for polenta with roasted vegetables is too delicious for words. Thank you.

  285. Your strawberry ricotta tart is on our menu for tomorrow night. It looks heavenly. I haven’t made any of your recipes that my husband and I didn’t love. Keep ‘em coming and thanks Marie!

  286. Oh my goodness, where do I start?! I think my favorite part of your blog is your wonderful way with fresh vegetables, especially summer salads and side dishes. (Your zucchini salad is a special favorite.) And the casual, off the cuff way you come up with truly scrumptious food. I LOVE your vinaigrette recipe, too! YUM! Congratulations on your anniversary and here’s to many more!

  287. Congratulations Marie!! Wow….6 years! I LOVE your blog and all the delicious recipes. Picking one is quite a feat, but, right now I’m remembering the yummy Limoncello Tart w/ Amaretti Cookie Crust and Bluberry Blackberry Sauce!! DELICIOUS!!! Here’s to many more years of blogging fun!

  288. I absolutely love your blog ! I have made your fried ravioli`s & they are so easy & delicious ! One of my favorite recipes ! :))

  289. Christina says:

    Happy anniversary! I love when you make homemade ravioli. So inspirational. Makes me want to dust off my pasta maker!

  290. Happy Anniersary! Thank you so much for inspiring ideas and colorful photoes! I love your italian wedding soup and all those salads that you posted!

  291. I love your vegetarian recipes – the are delicious! Even my non-vegetarian husband loved your eggplant patties.
    Happy anniversary. May there be many more!

  292. Stephanie says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I found your recipe for stuffed portobellas on pinterest and quickly subscribed to your emails. Love getting your emails with wonderful recipes to try. My husband loved the stuffed portobellas. Thanks so much for sharing.

  293. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MARIE!!

    I constantly refer to your blog, and have tried many of your recipes. I just made a ‘mess’ of Melrose Peppers your way due to the wonderful ones I got at the local farmers market here in Illinois, and am making the Eggplant Stacks tonite for dinner! I have yet to make it to Standard Market, but it is on my list of things to do. You should be very proud, you absolutely have an AWESOME Blog!! :) Love all your recipes!!

  294. I am new to your blog and one of the reasons I subscribed (in addition to the great recipes, was because you are the only blogger I have found that is closer to my age! Gramma power!

  295. Valerie Carnett says:

    I’m relatively new to your blog. I started with the grilled polenta, then the roasted veggie overload and this week the lemon spring risotto…..oh, so good and my favorite so far. As you can tell, I’m a grains & veggies lover. I will keep trying different recipes each week. Thank you so much :)

  296. I only discovered your blog recently, but your beautiful photos have been inspiring me to eat more and more veggies…everything just looks so delicious.

  297. I love Italian food and every recipe that I have tried of yours is delish! Happy anniversary!

  298. Happy Anniversary! Keep up the amazing recipes! Love all your roasted veggie dishes! And someday I’m gonna be brave and try the gnocchi recipe!

  299. Pamela Gwynn says:

    Congratulations on your Blogiversary! I’m a veggie fanatic so I’m always especially interested in your veggie recipes, like the wonderful summer side salads. It’s great to have such wonderful seasonal recipes. I’m always looking for the email to arrive so I can see what new Italian dish you’ll be offering. Anything salad, marinara…they’re my very favorites but I’m open to any new recipe you blog. The Caprese-style Portobellos were delicious and easy to make. Thanks for giving us such a wonderful blog that I really enjoy besides all the great Italian recipes! May you have many more blogiversaries!! :)

  300. Being Italian myself, I also love to cook. I never know which one of your recipes to make, as they are all wonderful and take me home. Tonight will feature polenta with roasted vegetables,(a favorite of ours) and the strawberry tart.

    Happy Blogiversary, Marie

    I look forward to your news every week.

    Christine

  301. How to name simply ONE FAVORITE with all the fabulous options from PROUD ITALIAN COOK? Faux Spaghetti is such a hit every time! I serve it with extra large Gulf shrimp sautéed in fresh garlic and butter in addition to all the fresh vegetables I can possibly roast. It looked like your wonderful photograph and the dinner guests commented it was nothing less than stellar. Thank you for all your creative recipes and incredible photography. Happy Anniversary!

  302. My family loves your Lazy Sunday Casserole. Not only does it taste good but its a beautiful dish. My family thinks I made up the name because our Sundays are always lazy. Thank you for this great blog.

  303. While I rarely leave a comment, I enjoy your blog because you make my favorite Italian ethnic food.

  304. I check in every week to see what new ideas you’ve come up with–the simplicity in all the dressings and sauces is one of my favorite things, along with how many different veggies you use! I still haven’t got up the courage to try homemade pasta on my own, but it’s on the list!

  305. Congrats Marie. I love your site and all the recipes. You are a wonderful Italian cook and take time to explain every detail in all your recipes. They are all easy to follow with clear information. I like your photography too. Thanks

  306. I especially liked your eggplant recipe. Your recipes are colorful and delicious. I look forward to each new email from you.
    Thanks for sharing your love of cooking.
    Joyce

  307. Diane Herd says:

    You are an inspiration and comfort to me. My hubby was diagnosed with RA and it was recommended that he eat a lot less meat to alleviate the swelling. Your tasty recipes have convinced him that he can enjoy vegetarian meals. His favorite is the polenta with grilled vegetables and eggs. Anything you suggest with portabellas has satisfied his cravings for meat. Thank you!
    Your recipes are yummy and not too complicated after a day of work.

  308. Hello! Happy Blogaversary! I’ve been following you for the five years that I have been blogging – and have your site linked on my Gumbo Ya Ya blog. It’s impossible to choose only one of your recipes – every one looks amazing and those that I’ve tried ARE amazing! But, the one that stands out, and has been a favorite of ours since I made it the first time about four years ago…. is the Limoncello Cosmopolitan. EXCELLENT!
    Cheers! And congratulations on all of your success!

  309. Julia Bellante says:

    A very happy anniversary! Maria I look forward to your emails and have shared with family and friends. I’ve never been disappointed with your recipes. Love the Italian Wedding Soup and Rainbow Carrot Ribbon Salad but honestly there are so many to thank you for. Looking forward to many more years of your great blog. Thank you!

  310. I love the detail in your recipes. I’m still learning everyday so it’s great to get it.

  311. Just learned of your site via another and took a look around. Great site! I’m very excited to try the recipe for Olive Oil Chardonnay cake with citrus glaze. Yum! Congrats!!

  312. Mary Brayton says:

    Hi Marie,
    Your “Zucchini Boats” recipe circulating on Facebook this summer helped me find your wonderful site!
    My husband hates zucchini, but he is willing to try this recipe. Will let you know the outcome ;)

  313. Denise Brosch says:

    You have my 74 year old mother and I reading your blog regularly. You make us proud that you are the Proud Italian Cook! Your recipes bring back so many fond memories and encourage us to retrieve some of ours. And we were so surprised they were received with such interest and love. And we tried cappeletti & tortelini again, along with the ravioli. the family is torn between which they like better! Thank you so much for what you do.

  314. Congrats to you my friend! Love your blog and love you. xo

  315. Hi, Marie. Congrats on your 6-year anniversary!
    I love your blog, and many of your recipes have become staples in my house of teenagers — especially your Chicken Vesuvio, Roasted Parmesan Creamed Onions, Italian Chopped Salad, and (my personal favorite) Roasted Carrots and Shallots with Olives and Gremolata. I’m happy to hear you have no intention of quitting your blog. Thank you!

  316. Kathy Smith says:

    I really like the Grilled Vegetables. Congratulations on your 6th anniversary!

  317. I love the Chicago-style section of the blog. And the beautiful photos!

  318. I LOVE the roasted tomato and ricotta tart recipe.

  319. Augurri! There are so many wonderful things that I can’t pick one! Your great photography, easy to follow recipes made with ingredients that I can find. Thank you for many years of fun and may there be many, many more!

  320. I actually can’t wait to try the recipe for Basil Oil that you just posted. I’ve been catching up on my blog reader tonight and stumbled across it. It looks like a perfect way to use up some of my basil. I’ve got more than I know what to do with!

  321. I love everything about your site, but especially the authentic, delicious, and healthy recipes!

  322. Your recipes have combined fresh ingredients in healthy and beautiful ways (and shown through incredible photographs). The fact that your recipes are simple to follow, with great results, means that I can actually enjoy BOTH the cooking and sitting down with my family to a memorable meal. Thank you for taking cooking from being a chore to a delight. Happy anniversary!

  323. Congrats Marie. I love your site and recipes. You lay everything out clearly so it’s easy to understand. I love many of your recipes.

  324. Thank You!, for the wonderful recipes you given us through the last six years. They take me back to the time when I was growing up, remembering Great Food and Family, it doesn’t get better this. I sincerely thank you for that.

  325. cherie fasbinder says:

    Could never pick 1 recipe. Love the simplicity & wholesomeness of most your recipes. Things I can actually make…and DO!!

  326. Six years of blogging is such an accomplishment…congratulations. I loved your summery ricotta and strawberry tart.

  327. Many many congratulations and kudos Marie on such a superior blog! What do I like best? Tough question since I love it all. But I’ll go with your recipes, especially the pork chops marsala! Your photography is equally my favorite! Here’s to many more wonderful years of Proud Italian Cook!

    Salute’!
    xo
    Roz

  328. I have enjoyed so many wonderful recipes from you it is hard to pick. But my family’s favorite is probably your country rigatoni…delish!!! Happy Anniversary!

  329. I love all of those vegetable tarts and pastry recipes. Do you can? I would be interested to see what you like to can (vegetables, syrups, what?). I made this: http://www.prouditaliancook.com/2009/08/im-not-afraid-of-phyllo-anymore.html

  330. I started following your blog after one hot, summer day when I was craving FRESH veggies and I found this wonderful recipe (http://www.prouditaliancook.com/2012/06/heat-is-on.html)! I love this food blog because of the insane amount of veggies you use — I’ve even gotten into the habit of buying vegetables and just roasting them to throw into things during the week!

  331. Maria Cinquanti says:

    Melrose Peppers!

    Happy Anniversary and best wishes.

  332. You’ve got some great pasta recipes! I especially like the Butternut Squash Lasagna and the Pumpkin Pastina! These will be great for the fall months!

  333. Happy Anniversary. Ever since I stmbled upon your site I anxiously await your recipes. Although I was hooked early on with your recipes ..It all came together for me when you posted the Cuciadati recipe. This has become our classic Christmas cookie. And last but not least ..I absolutely love the roast veggies, rainbow carrot salad (such a winner at my house) and vegetable paella. Thank you and wishing you much more success with Proud Italian Cook….Mille Grazie!

  334. Discovering your blog was like finding my grandmother’s secret recipe file!! What is most appealing to me is the way you fuse old world ideas with a dash of modern flair!! Your recipes are never “over the top” for cooks such as myself, and your occasional twists on traditional recipes helps keeps my menu fresh & fun. Thanks for the beautiful photos that inspire all of us to just “TRY IT” ~ and then be so very thrilled that we did. Happy Anniversary & wishing you many more years of success! I have recommended your website to several of my friends…and none of us have ever been disappointed by the outstanding job you do; preserving & promoting our much cherished Italian cooking heritage!

  335. Marie – the best part of Proud Italian Cook is the cook. It has been and continues to be a pleasure and honor to know you. I think I may have read every one of your posts from the very beginning. I am forever grateful for the inspiration. Your charming writing style, your colorful images, your expertise with all vegetables and fabulous Italian foods makes your blog an absolute hit. Top of the blogosphere. Cheers to continued success my friend!
    LL

  336. Congrats Marie on 6 years. All your recipes are nice and photos are beautiful. Easy to follow instructions and I love your site. Thanks Marie.

  337. Happy Blogiversary! My favorite is the butternut squash lasagna, definitely looking forward to a cool fall weekend to bake one up again!

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