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I’m so excited to announce the first nominated Blogger Spotlight!  I had a reader email me wanting to learn more about Vittoria and her blog and I’m so glad Vittoria wanted to participate!  

Vittoria is a busy mom to three little ones and a fiance (who sometimes counts as the fourth child). She works full-time at a college near Richmond, Virginia and spends her evenings and weekends enjoying her family and whipping up creations in the kitchen. With most of her weekdays occupied by work, she strives to share recipes that are simple in their preparation as well as their ingredient list, that still taste great. She’s learned that you really can make quick meals for your family that don’t come out of a box! Vittoria is new to the blogging world but is enjoying every minute so far. She believes that the most important part of food is sharing, which her blog allows her to do, and she hopes that people who visit her site can take away recipes their families will love!

What inspired you to first start writing your blog?

I have always loved food and cooking. I’ve been a recipe collector/creator for as long as I can remember, and I have binders upon binders of recipes that I’ve acquired over the years, its a little ridiculous. My family is nodding their heads vigorously in agreement right now. I spend most of my (free) time in the kitchen and I’ve basically been hosting my own Food Network show in my head my entire adult life, so I figured it was time to share it with others! 

What kinds of posts are your favorite to write?  What do your readers seem to like the most?
I try to be both humorous and informative with my posts, and make it something that I’d want to read myself. I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs as well. I think my readers enjoy the ease of my recipes and knowing that most of them only take a few minutes and a few ingredients.

Do you plan a weekly menu?  If so, what inspires your menu?
I usually do have dinners planned out for at least a week. It’s not a strict menu, in that I don’t usually assign meals to certain nights, but I’ll have 5-10 meals in mind and I’ll plug them into whatever night they best fit.
What is your favorite kind of food to make?
Comfort food! I think food should make you happy when you eat it, and if it doesn’t you’re doing something terribly wrong.  
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog? 
Oh gosh, I bet everyone has a hard time with this question! I think the most difficult part about answering is that I have favorites from every category (appetizers, main dishes, desserts), and that my favorites change frequently. So, I’ll share my current favorite from the dessert category. It would probably be Single Serving Cake. I love that I can have a slice of cake without having to face the temptation of an entire cake in my house. 

Will you show us your kitchen?  What is your favorite thing about your kitchen? 

My favorite thing about my kitchen is that its finally finished! We bought our house last December and it was like walking onto the scene of a bad 70’s movie. Dark wood cabinets, flowered wallpaper, tacky lighting. It was a nightmare. Since moving in we’ve completely upgraded every single thing in the kitchen, with the exception of the counter tops. (They’re next!) It is truly my happy place.   
What is your best tip for getting dinner on the table?
Make as much as you can in advance and stick to easy recipes. The focus of my blog is simple recipes without a lot of ingredients. As a full-time working mom of three kids, I just don’t have time to make everything from scratch, but I’ve found lots of ways to make meals that taste like they were!
Where do most of your recipes come from?  (Family favorites, you make them up, magazines, cookbooks, etc.)
I’d say I come up with at least half the recipes on the blog. The others are mostly a variation of things I find in Internet land on my favorite blogs or websites.
What would you eat as your last supper?
CARBS! French fries dipped in bread dipped in cake. With a side of pasta. Seriously.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
I love it when someone comes back to me and says, “I tried your _______ recipe and it was so delicious, we loved it!” That completely makes my day.
What kind of food did you eat growing up?  Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
I ate a lot of the same kinds of food, my mom liked to cook as well. We had a lot of fun in the kitchen together!
What was the first dish you ever cooked?
I have a horrible memory, I couldn’t tell you! I do remember making and decorating sugar cookies with my mom a lot though, she had about a million cookie cutters for every holiday imaginable. I always thought that was so much fun as a kid. 
When you really want to cheat, what do you eat?
If I’m eating out it would have to be steak and cheese subs or pizza from this little family owned Italian restaurant near my house. If I’m cooking, it’s Tortellini Alfredo with a big hunk of crusty garlic bread on the side. It may not seem like its cheating but you’d be horrified to know the fat count in this meal! It’s really worth treating yourself to once in a while though. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?

Italy. Without question. I’m Italian myself, and many of my favorite meals are from this culture so I would be thrilled to take a trip there someday.
What are your favorite blogs to read?
I follow an embarrassing amount of food blogs! Just a few off the top of my head: 
I really like MyRecipes.com and RealSimple.com for recipe ideas. I also check out Tastespotting and Foodgawker a lot, which usually results in finding another food blog to follow.
Take us through a typical day of eating in your house.
Breakfast and lunch for me are typically pretty lackluster. Something like an egg or a breakfast bar in the morning and then leftovers or a Lean Cuisine for lunch. (Are food bloggers allowed to admit that they eat Lean Cuisines!?) Dinner is definitely my favorite meal of the day and comprises the majority of the posts on my blog (with desserts and appetizers coming in 2nd and 3rd).
What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?

I don’t know that I’m qualified to give advice on that topic just yet! I think its important to have fun with it and let it be something you enjoy. I’m definitely still learning about the ins and outs of the blogging world, but I’m having a lot of fun in the meantime!

Thank you for sharing Vittoria!  I’m so glad I was able to discover your blog!  If you’d like to see more from Vittoria, here is where you can find her:

Website:  Pie Hole

Is there a blogger you’d like to learn more about?  Contact me at tasteandtell @ gmail . com and I will see if they want to participate!


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10 Responses to Pie Hole {Blogger Spotlight}

  1. scrambledhenfruit says:

    Thanks Deborah- nice to meet another VA blogger. 🙂

  2. Julie says:

    Great read…will definitely be checking her blog out.

  3. Megan says:

    I love that kitchen, it's gorgeous!

  4. Monet says:

    Thank you for sharing this with me! I'm excited to check her blog out now. I agree with Megan, her kitchen is just beautiful!

  5. Jennifurla says:

    Nice to meet you, I LOL at your last supper! newest follower to your blog too.

  6. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    Thanks for sharing yet another interesting Blogger Spotlight, Deborah. Vittoria, I am in LOVE with your kitchen! That's a lot of hard work paid off – It looks like a cozy space to get creative with new dishes!

  7. claire says:

    good post! I love getting to learn more about bloggers out there!

    Such a great idea!

  8. ARLENE says:

    I love this idea! Another great blog to check out.

  9. themarkfamily says:

    Thanks for posting this. What a great blog! She is so funny!

  10. Vittoria says:

    Thanks for reading guys, and for your kind words! I hope to see you over on my blog! 😉

    And thanks again Deborah for letting me be a part of your fabulous site!

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