Proud Italian Cook’s Twelve Most Viewed Posts of 2012

I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my most popular posts of 2012, it’s always fun to see what peaks my readers interest.
No name for This Salad which I made back in June, I’m a sucker for zucchini ribbons I just think they make every dish look pretty!
Faux Spaghetti, I made this last January when the reality of all the holiday eating hit me hard and once again I needed to go low carb, looks like I’ll be repeating this recipe real soon!
My Winter Veggie Torte, born from leftover veggies in my fridge and nicely formed in my trusty spring form pan. I think the sliced sweet potatoes on top gave it a nice colorful look.
Limoncello Tart with Amaretto Cookie Crust and a Blueberry Blackberry Sauce.
Come on, need I say more?
Grilled Vegetable Tart with Phyllo
I conquered phyllo and I’m proud of it!
As I sit here on a very cold night in Chicago I’m missing my grill big time!
Caprese Ravioli
I made this back in April for an appetizer, simple to make if you can find good quality store bought pasta sheets.
Summer Veggie Slaw
I made this deep in the heart of summer using the zucchini and herbs from our garden. This is a really good side dish with all your grilled meats, and everything is raw, so it’s quick to put together providing you have a julienne peeler!
Eggplant Patties
Even though I posted these last August I still make them on a regular basis, I serve them topped with a little bit of roasted red pepper sauce, make a salad and dinner is served!
Summer Bounty Zucchini Tart
Here I go again with the zucchini ribbons, and some blossoms here too, this time pressed into ricotta on puff pastry none the less!
Roasted Veggie Pasta
I make this often, great for a crowd. Hmmm, veggies seem to be a theme here on my blog, don’t you think?
Boneless Pork Chops in a Creamy Mustard Thyme Sauce with Mushrooms and Caramelized Shallots.
Comfort food that’s quick to make mid week!
Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf
This is so good your house will smell amazing while it’s cooking in the oven, I like to change up the marinara for roasted red pepper sauce, let me give you a little tip my fellow Trader Joe lovers, they have the best jar of red pepper spread that I use all the time, It’s called Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic, you really can’t taste the eggplant, but the red pepper flavor is outstanding.
I have 4 jars in my pantry and 2 in my fridge, I’m a horder, I smear it all over everything! If they ever stop selling it I’ll be devastated!As 2012 comes to a close my wish for you in 2013 is, HEALTH, HAPPINESS, PEACE, JOY, LOVE, LAUGHTER AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF AMAZING ITALIAN FOOD!


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  1. Everything looks amazing.

  2. Marie – There’s a common thread in all your food. It all is so colorful and tempts us all to reach through the screen. You are one talented lady. All the best for a happy, healthy year ahead filled with more great recipes for your readers and your family.

  3. so nice and so colourful! makes hungry even after christmas;) good luck for the 2013!

  4. It all looks delicious.

    I made the meatloaf two weeks ago and it was delicious and the house smelled great. I made a tomato sauce for the meatloaf and used the extra sauce for homemade pizza. I also formed the meatloaf into patties so I could freeze the leftovers.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Everything looks perfect. Thank you for sharing@

  6. I’m not sure if I love your recipes or your photos more but your blog is amazing, inspiring and beautiful! I have made and pinned many of your recipes this year, all with great success. and your zucchini ribbons are envious in their beauty! Thank you so much! Happy New Year

  7. I love all your recipes, Marie! I am still hoping for a published cookbook in your future, as I’m sure it would be a winner. Your food is so colorful, healthy and imaginative.

    A very Happy and Healthy 2013!

  8. I love them all but you already knew that. 🙂

    Happy new year to you and your family!

  9. I’ve loved every one of your recipes Marie, all made with so much love ! Here’s wishing you a most blessed and Buon Anno, cara amica!


  10. It is nice to see all the recipes with beautiful vegetables ranking the highest. Each and every dish is beautiful…I can see why they were so popular.

  11. You do make vegetables sing, Marie. I made those eggplant patties at least four times during the summer/autumn. I am looking at your vegetable-ricotta tart anew. And that vegetable “pie” will be coming here. Thanks for the nudge. May 2013 brim with goodness for you and your family.

  12. Yum! I love all the beautiful colors in your dishes. Anything that is roasted and in a torte sounds good!

  13. You do make vegetables sing, Marie. I made those eggplant patties at least four times during the summer/autumn. I am looking at your vegetable-ricotta tart anew. And that vegetable “pie” will be coming here. Thanks for the nudge. May 2013 brim with goodness for you and your family.

  14. As an occasional visitor and semi-serious photographer I just want to say that you photographs do as much for your blog as your delicious recipes Bravo!

  15. Marie,
    You’re sadistic (I say this tongue in cheek!). All of these beautiful recipes after the holiday season? I put on ten more pounds just looking at the pictures. BUT .. I can’t wait to try em’ again (I’ll worry about the weight loss later!). Thanks for the 2012 memories and I look forward to more memories in 2013.
    I hope you, and family, had a great holiday season and may I wish you health and happiness in this New Year. Thank you again.

  16. CIAO BELLEZZA, (obviously by now you have figured that I too am Italian….LOL)
    I have searched for an interesting blog which features Italian food, and I must admit, you are my favorite. I have
    just now discovered you. OMG….LOVE IT…..LOVE IT……..
    I live in Canada, I was born and raised in Naples, what part of Italy are you from? I have a feeling you are from the
    south, probably Calabria or Sicily???? Keep up it up and I will definately be checking in daily.
    Ciao bella, e buona giornata…..Buon Appetito a tutti.