Oh Baby!!

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I wanted to share with you some of the food I had the privilege of making this past weekend for a baby shower we had that was held in honor of my son and daughter-in-law. Their request was to have it very casual, in their home, with finger foods and appetizers. I had so much fun doing it and I can’t wait for the arrival of my new Granddaughter!

The menu was:

Caprese Skewers
White Bean Dip w/ Rosemary and Olive Oil Pita Chips
Artichoke Crostini
Grilled Eggplant Rolled w/ Roasted Red Pepper and Creamy Feta and Herb Cheese
Proscuitto Wrapped… Rosemary and Lemon… and Pesto Marinated Chicken Skewers, served with a Romesco Sauce and a three Citrus Aioli for Dipping
Mini Italian Meatballs
Grilled Shrimp and Orzo Pasta Salad Greek Style w/ Fresh Lemon and Olive oil Dressing
Bow Tie Pasta Salad w/ Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes, Pinenuts, Feta and Olives

The only thing I did not make was the fruit salad, those adorable cookies that you see, (which by the way were homemade) and of course the cake, which happened to be a huge cannoli cake that we ordered from a great Italian bakery!

Four weeks more to go and we’ll be able to meet our new little family member, I’ll be sure to announce her arrival!

Have a great week, and Buon Appetito!

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  1. Aaah, then you will really be a Proud Italian Cook!!

  2. It looks yummy. You give Italian American’s a good name and bring back memories.

    KJ

  3. Wonderful eats. Congrats on the baby girl.

  4. Wow, how nice. Such great foods here and what a joyous occasion to celebrate!!

  5. Marie – Thanks for the ideas. I’m helping a friend with her daughter’s baby shower in a month. Congratulations again to the grandma.

  6. Wow! What delicious looking food!

  7. Marie,
    I was looking forward to this post!
    I know how hard you worked, but everything looks beautiful!
    You are insane!!!!!
    That’s some spread lady!

  8. An amazing array of wonderful, delicious food!! Looking forward to the announcement of the “LITTLE PRINCESS”!

    ((((kisses))))

    Lucy

  9. Congratulations are in order for sure. You sure know how to celebrate in style!!

  10. Ah, the food was great as usual, it is just a shame that they wasn’t enough! Can’t wait to meet the newest addition to our family.

  11. What a beautiful way to start welcoming the little one, and to give the Mother to be an enormous boost of family love and care – along with beautiful and yummy food to nourish Mother and Babe.

    What a loved little one this baby will be.

  12. What an awesome shower. Cannoli cake!!!

  13. That sure is an impressive spread! I would love to be a guest at one of your parties! LOL

  14. What an awesome spread.

  15. Dang, woman! That’s a lot of cooking! Here’s to a healthy new granddaughter. We have twins due in the next two weeks – grandkids are the greatest gift!

  16. Oh baby is right!

  17. Incredible! Great photos.

  18. Wow what a great spread to celebrate the coming of your sweet little one… It all looked so festive especially the cake… YUMO!!! I can’t wait to see pictures of your new granddaughter when she finally arrives… Have fun!!!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  19. Fab, fab, fabulous spread! lucky family and friends attending this festa! Those cookies, whomever made them did a wonderful job as well.

  20. Wow everything looks so amazing! You have a very lucky daughter-in-law!!!

  21. Wow! I just recently found your fantastic blog, and I can’t get enough! You have lots to be proud of, and I send my congratulation for creating such a successful compilation of great recipes! Your baby shower spread is amazing, and hope to incorporate some of your menu ideas for a future family get together. I’m a 1st generation Italian Canadian born to parents who immigrated from Calabria. I’m obsessed with the cooking that I grew up with: good old fashioned home cooked Italian meals which are simple, rustic, and flavorful. Your recipes are so reminiscent of what I grew up enjoying, and continue to enjoy. Looking forward to more blog entries! Thank you! Denise

  22. It looks simply beautiful! I think you’re all very lucky to have each other.

    I also think you should think about going into catering. 😉

  23. OMG that is one gorgeous spread! Just a few finger foods… Geesh! That was a feast fit for a Queen!

  24. Keep it simple? This is elegant and a total Feast for the Eyes! I don’t know which of these dishes I’d head for first– I think I’d have a culinary sensory overload. I’m so impressed! You poured a lot of love into this.

  25. Hi Marie!
    Wow! That is one impressive spread. Almost makes me want to be pregnant again, just so I could hire you to cater me a shower – almost. Congratulations on your new grandaughter!

  26. WoW…okay it looks like I am on the same page with all your other comments…!!!!!!!!!!!

    and better yet, you get to be a new grandma soon…for that I would cook my brains out too :)))

    Can’t wait to see and hear all about your new little one.

  27. Sorry – it’s a “WOW” from me too. What else is there to say? Apart from saying it again: WOW! Brava!

  28. Oh, Baby?? Oh, Nonna!! Wow, what a beautiful and incredible spread! I am so totally there with the cannoli cake– I never knew such food paradise existed!! Clearly I’ve been missing out. Congrats on the soon-to-be-here bundle of joy!

    🙂 Karen

  29. What a beautiful spread of food! I’m sure it was a hit at the shower! Congrats on your new grandbaby 🙂

  30. Oh, how beautiful! I adore artichoke crostini !!

  31. Really feasting my eyes! Congrats to your new family member!

  32. What a beautiful menu! Looks so good! Congratulations and best wishes!

  33. Yes, I am one lucky daughter-in-law that is for sure! Thanks again to my amazing mother-in-law who worked SO hard making all this fantastic food! 🙂

  34. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance for this extravagant food fest! Oh my did we eat well! My under used palate is grateful!

  35. It’s beautiful Marie. Gosh I wish I was part of your family!
    xoxo

  36. Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous! And I know it all tasted as wonderful as it looks. Way to go, grandma.

  37. Oh man. I really want to be invited to one of your future finger food parties. This spread looks delicious. What a great job you did with the food. Congratulations to you and your family!

    Did you do the cookies too? I have a new appreciation for how much work those sugar cookies can be. So beautiful!

  38. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous feast! Everything looks so delicious Marie, and the happy couple are GLOWING! I’m so excited for them! I’m going to save your menu in case I’m ever lucky enough to host a baby shower for my daughter –of course she has to get married first ..lol..so maybe it will be a wedding shower?

    I can’t wait to see the little sweet princess when she is born!

  39. The photography is gorgeous and the food looks fabulous!

  40. I’m betting that there isn’t a caterer around that could have done a better job Marie… that spread is fantastico! My E just made a diaper cake like the one in the photo… very cool.

  41. Wow what a delightful feast…Fantastic!!

  42. What a beautiful feast, Marie – God bless!

  43. Now that’s a spread!!!! Your amazing Marie!

    Congrats on being a new grandma soon! Can’t wait to see the pics!

    KM

  44. What a splendid feast! Your family is so lucky to have you, Marie. Congratulations on becoming a nana too!

  45. Oh baby, indeed. The food looks fit for a king (or a little princess!). Congratulations to you and your family on your future new member. Can’t wait to see pics when she arrives!

  46. Hey, Ms Proud…My sister, daughter and I went to see the 10:30 a.m. showing of Julia and Julie and I thought of you and your site..
    The movie is a must-see and you will thoroughly enjoy it…some good laughs.

    Joan

  47. I’m going today Joan!

  48. What a spread, Marie! What a joyful celebration of your new granddaughter to be! Congratulations to your family!

  49. You never cease to amaze me.
    Congrats again!
    LL
    P.S. I am in Chicago for a dinner with Top Chef Stephanie Izard!

  50. Congrats to your family! It sounds like a wonderful shower. Thanks for ideas, too… I”m hosting a bridal shower for my sister this winter, and I need good food ideas! I’m going to have to remember to come back to your site in a few months when I start planning.

  51. Incredible spread Marie!

  52. Wow! such a lucky DIL… am sooo envious… and am sure the little Bambina will never be short of great foods, with a nanna like you! 🙂

  53. What are the wraps that are in the pic,looks like a cake