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Amaretto Biscotti

Anytime we need a quick and easy dessert – biscotti are usually one of the first sweet treats I think of to make.  Biscotti are crisp, twice-baked, oblong-shaped cookies or biscuits originating in the city of Prato, which is located in the Tuscany region of Italy. Aside from being very simple to bake, biscotti freeze […]

Creamy Tortellini and Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

As you might imagine, Jack and I keep a fairly well-stocked pantry and refrigerator full of ingredients at our house.  That has been even more the case ever since we started A Family Feast a few years ago. Over time, we’ve identified a running list of items that we always keep on hand for those […]

Lemon Ginger Poppy Seed Biscotti

I’ve found my new favorite biscotti recipe – these Lemon Ginger Poppy Seed Biscotti! And if you are a lemon lover like me – take one bite of these crispy cookies – and I think you’ll agree! In this delicious biscotti, a classic pairing of lemon and poppy seeds gets a wonderful punch of flavor […]

Stuffed Italian Frying Peppers

Say the words “stuffed peppers” and I would guess that most people think of the version with ground beef and rice stuffed into green bell peppers. Today’s recipe – these Stuffed Italian Frying Peppers – are something totally different and totally delicious! These Stuffed Italian Frying Peppers are a traditional recipe made using Marconi peppers […]

Cioppino

This Cioppino recipe is sponsored by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the unexpected side benefits of writing a food blog is that I’ve become a bit of a food history buff! In addition to the enjoyment that Jack and I get sharing delicious recipes with all of you wonderful readers (like […]

Pasta con Tonno

Thanks to today’s Pasta Con Tonno, everyone’s favorite, classic tuna and noodle pairing just got a fresh and deliciously gourmet update! But don’t let the word “gourmet” scare you off…this recipe is so easy to make. And the zesty flavors in this dish are so lip-smacking good, you’ll swear you’re eating a gourmet meal at […]

Pork Meatballs with Currants

If you are tired of the same old meatball recipe…then today’s delicious and zesty Pork Meatballs with Currants is for you! These little bites of goodness get their fantastic flavor from a mix of ground pork and sweet Italian sausage – plus onions, garlic and fennel. But the delicious, flavor surprise in these pork meatballs […]

Lidia’s Rice and Zucchini Crostata

A few weekends ago, I was folding laundry and decided to turn on the television to keep myself entertained. I started watching Lidia’s Italy – the show hosted by chef Lidia Bastianich – who happened to be making a delicious-looking Rice and Zucchini Crostata. Talk about perfect timing – my husband Jack and I had […]

Spaghetti all’Amatriciana

My husband Jack and I have always had a soft spot in our hearts for Italian foods.  For Jack – coming from a big Italian family – the cuisine of Italy is steeped in his blood. As for me – I always joke with Jack that I was destined to marry an Italian guy because […]

Sweet Corn Gelato

Last month, we spent a few days visiting some friends on Cape Cod. One evening, we ventured over to Provincetown for dinner – followed by dessert at a little gelataria. It was there that I had my first taste of some amazing Sweet Corn Gelato! Fast forward a few weeks – and I’ve been dreaming […]

Nanny’s Italian Stuffed Peppers

A few weeks ago, I drove Jack’s mother (our beloved Nanny) to a family baby shower. During our ride, Nanny mentioned that she had recently given her Italian Stuffed Peppers recipe to my nephew Kevin, who had moved across the country to live in California. Anytime there is talk about family recipes being shared – […]

Italian-Style Meatballs

Here’s a great, classic recipe for Italian-Style Meatballs that my husband Jack has really perfected over the years. In fact, we originally shared this recipe here on A Family Feast back in January 2013 – and in addition to updating the photos, Jack made some additional tweaks to the recipe before sharing it again today! […]

Focaccia

Hey – did you happen to see yesterday’s post? If so, then you might have noticed that wonderful Focaccia bread we dipped into our delicious Herb-Infused Oil? The good news is, that homemade Focaccia is easy to make and oh-so-good! Focaccia is an Italian, oven-baked bread – similar to a pizza dough in appearance but […]

Italian Tortellini Salad

We developed this Italian Tortellini Salad recipe as part of our ongoing Ambassadorship with Peapod.  All opinions are 100% mine. With the warmer (finally!) weather here, neighborhood parties and barbecues are starting up again – and I have to say – I love being outdoors again! We’re very lucky to live in a great neighborhood […]

Zucchini Risotto with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

At our house, we recently joined the ranks of people who have turned off their cable TV service.  When we thought about it – most of the time we were watching our local television channels for news, the Food Network or Cooking Channel, sometimes HGTV, and one of the Disney channels (for our 9-year-old) plus […]

Scarpaccia {Zucchini Tart}

Every Italian family (and every non-Italian family for that matter!) needs a good Scarpaccia in their recipe collection!  Scarpaccia is a delicious zucchini tart or flatbread with such fantastic flavors – we would eat this dish every week if we could! Scarpaccia is a dish that originates from the Tuscan coastal areas around Viagreggio, an […]

Tuscan-Style Roasted Carrots

Our local club store has been selling packages of gorgeous baby carrots this Spring, and after enjoying some of these tender little carrots on Easter at our friends’ house – we rushed to the store to buy some for ourselves! Today’s Tuscan-Style Roasted Carrots recipe is loosely adapted from a carrot recipe originally found in […]

Anchovy-Crusted Pork Loin

We have to thank my mother-in-law Jean (aka Nanny) for the recipe inspiration behind this Anchovy-Crusted Pork Loin!  We were visiting Jack’s parents a few weeks ago, and Nanny was in the midst of preparing dinner for later in the afternoon. Nanny happened to mention a dinner she once made – pork loin that she […]

Parmesan Peas with Pancetta and Shallots

My husband Jack absolutely adores peas – and I think he would eat them as a side dish with every meal if he could! I, on the other hand, like peas too but only when they are mixed with other ingredients or mixed into a recipe. But – our Parmesan Peas with Pancetta and Shallots […]

Roasted Fennel and Onion Gratinati

Today’s recipe – this delicious Roasted Fennel and Onion Gratinati – was inspired by a trip to Italy, and a goat named Tina.  Read on… 🙂 My husband Jack and I first enjoyed a dish very similar to this Roasted Fennel and Onion Gratinati on our honeymoon to Tuscany, Italy many years ago. Over the […]

Scottiglia (Mixed Meat Stew)

My husband Jack is back today to share the story behind our recipe for Scottiglia (an Italian Mixed Meat Stew), as well as share our review of Wolf Gourmet American-made Cookware.   Here’s Jack: One day, back in my food service days, I was conducting a production meeting with my chef and some senior kitchen and […]

Savory Soft Polenta

Today’s recipe for Savory Soft Polenta is actually a bit of tease to get you to check out this Scottiglia recipe… Of course, this Savory Soft Polenta is wonderful! Soft, creamy, cheesy polenta is one of my all-time favorite Italian comfort foods, and we made it even better by adding in some savory flavors including […]

Italian Cold Cut Lasagna Rollups

Picture this: All of the delicious, zesty flavors of an Italian Cold Cut sub – but instead of bread, those flavors are rolled up in gooey, cheesy creamy lasagna pasta. (YUM!) That is what you get with today’s recipe for Italian Cold Cut Lasagna Rollups! If you are a regular reader here at A Family […]

Italian Ricotta Pie

We’re sharing this Italian Ricotta Pie as part of an ongoing Ambassadorship with Peapod. All opinions are 100% mine. Today we’re sharing a treasured family recipe from my husband’s side of the family over on From The Pod. This recipe for Italian Ricotta Pie was part of a collection of handwritten (and very weathered) recipes that […]

Italian Easter Bread (Pane di Pasqua)

This pretty Italian Easter Bread (or Pane di Pasqua) has been on my culinary bucket list for years! And I have to thank my husband Jack for helping me perfect this recipe so we could share it here with all of you today! But really – this Italian Easter Bread is so pretty and delicious, […]

Meat Lovers Manicotti Stracotto-Style

Meat lovers – rejoice! Today’s recipe – our fantastic Meat Lovers Manicotti Stracotto-Style – is just for you! This Meat Lovers Manicotti Stracotto-Style is a delicious, meat-filled twist on a classic cheese-stuffed manicotti recipe – and the results are truly memorable! Stracotto is an Italian pot roast – typically a slow-braised cut of beef or […]

Pasta al Finocchio

Last month, over the holidays, Jack and I decided to challenge ourselves for the week between Christmas and New Years by cooking only with foods that we already had in our refrigerator, freezer or pantry. Of course – we still bought some fresh foods like milk and eggs as we needed them. But – as […]

Stuffed Meatballs

Last month – after our daughter’s most recent swim meet – a group of us went out to lunch at an Italian restaurant near the pool called The Mezza Luna. The Mezza Luna restaurant has been in business for more than 70 years – serving big portions of Italian classic dishes at reasonable prices – […]

Italian Chili

If Rome, Italy and Dallas, Texas got together had a baby – it would be this Italian Chili! 🙂 This is a very unique and delicious chili – and it just might become your new favorite! This Italian Chili is a mix of hot Italian sausage, pieces of boneless and skinless chicken thighs, pancetta and […]

Three Cheese Baked Ziti With Meatballs and Sausage

We developed this Three-Cheese Baked Ziti with Meatballs and Sausage as part of a sponsored post for Johnsonville Sausage. All opinions are 100% mine. This time of year – when schedules are crazy-hectic and hungry visitors are walking in the door – let’s face it. Sometimes you need a little help to pull off a […]

Bolognese

We developed this Bolognese recipe as part of a sponsored post for Anolon®. All opinions are 100% ours. With the holidays here – are you looking for a great idea for the foodie on your gift list? Or perhaps – with all of the holiday cooking you are doing yourself – do you need some […]

Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Risotto

We are very excited to be partnering with Lagostina to tell you all about their fantastic Risotto Pot. And better yet – Lagostina is giving one lucky A Family Feast reader the chance to win a risotto pot of their very own! The details – plus a fantastic Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Risotto recipe are […]

Egg-Free Caesar Dressing (and Marinade)

Caesar salads are a popular classic salad made from romaine lettuce and croutons, then topped with Parmesan cheese and a zesty dressing typically made with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and a variety of seasonings – plus a raw egg to give the dressing a creamy texture. But eating uncooked or undercooked eggs can pose […]

Grilled Chicken Calzones

Today’s Grilled Chicken Calzone is a super simple recipe that bakes up in less than ten minutes – and it’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal! It’s also one more recipe that uses our béchamel sauce recipe from earlier this week! In fact – in case you didn’t notice – this recipe uses many of […]

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Subs

We developed this Slow Cooker Italian Beef as part of an ongoing Brand Ambassadorship with Peapod. All opinions are 100% mine. Whether you are hosting a game day party at home, or traveling with your slow cooker to a tailgate party, today’s recipe for Slow Cooker Italian Beef Subs is sure to become a fan […]

Our American Kitchen Memories (& Our Favorite Family Recipes)

We’re sharing #OurAmericanKitchen Memories as part of a sponsored post for GE Appliances. All opinions are 100% mine. When my husband Jack and I started dating (way back when!) we discovered that we had quite a lot in common. We each came from large, working-class families with lots of brothers and sisters, and parents who […]

Eggplant Fries with Marinara Sauce

If you’ve been a regular reader here at A Family Feast, then you already know from the stories we share that many of our personal friends are also fellow foodies! While they don’t write food blogs themselves – they do certainly enjoy “taste testing” our blog recipes, and they are great company and adventurous eaters […]

Sweet and Sour Balsamic Glazed Onions

As much as I love summertime grilled meats, sometimes a side dish – like these Sweet and Sour Balsamic Glazed Onions – really steal the show! This simple dish is inspired by a recipe that my husband Jack and I brought back from our culinary honeymoon in Italy.  You start by removing the peel from […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

With a late summer garden overflowing with ripe tomatoes of all shapes and sizes…PLUS the realization that we still haven’t shared my husband Jack’s mac and cheese recipe with you before – that was the inspiration behind this incredible Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes! We took a simple, classic and very delicious macaroni and […]

Antipasto Salad

We developed this Antipasto Salad recipe as part of an ongoing Brand Ambassadorship with Peapod. All opinions are 100% mine. Today is the first day of school for our third grader, and I’m actually very sad to see summer vacation end! We had a really great summer this year – some family road trips, gorgeous […]

Zucchini and Eggs {Cocozelle}

My husband Jack is back today to tell the story behind this recipe for Zucchini and Eggs – or as his Italian family called it Cocozelle. Here is Jack in his own words: Zucchini and Eggs is a simple, classic Italian dish and it is often served when summertime’s garden zucchini is plentiful.  Looking around […]

Cassata Ricotta (Sponge Cake with Ricotta)

Cassata is a traditional Italian dessert made from sponge cake soaked in liqueur that has been layered with ricotta cheese and candied fruit in a cream filling – plus a decorative marzipan top. Our version today is a much more simplified Cassata Ricotta – and although I first made this recipe over the holidays last […]

Tuscan-Style Beans

Today’s recipe for Tuscan-Style Beans is a deliciously different alternative to the more traditional (but still very delicious) Boston baked beans that we so often see served at summer barbecues! The original name for these Tuscan-Style Beans is Fagioli All’Uccelletto – which in Italian means “beans in the manner of little birds”. This article attributes […]

Sunday Gravy

Say the words Sunday Gravy and just about everyone has an opinion! Should this amazing tomato and meat sauce be called “gravy” or “sauce”? Either way, sugo della domenica or Sunday’s sauce – is a general term among Italians for a ‘special mama’s sauce’. Here in America, Sunday Gravy is most commonly associated with a […]

Chicken Carbonara

Today we’re sharing a delicious, authentic, restaurant-quality recipe for Chicken Carbonara. Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish that originated in Rome with a creamy, rich sauce made from eggs, cheese, bacon and black pepper – and it’s one of my all-time favorite dishes! Behind the scenes in a restaurant kitchen, carbonara is often made-to-order […]

Italian Fish Stew

Here in New England, many people think of New England Clam Chowder as the quintessential summertime soup. But just as often – particularly at restaurants located in communities where the fishing industry has been predominant for generations – you’ll also find an Italian Fish Stew on the menu. Our Italian Fish Stew is a classic […]

Italian Cheesy Bread

After a busy long weekend (we started laying the hardwood floor in our kitchen), we’re looking for something quick, easy and – of course – delicious for dinner tonight! The solution – this Italian Cheesy Bread! This delicious recipe is simple to make and very versatile depending on your personal flavor preferences as well as […]

Baked Stuffed Parmesan Tomatoes

Last week, we spotted some gorgeous tomatoes at the market – so I immediately asked my husband Jack to make his delicious Baked Stuffed Parmesan Tomatoes! This is a recipe that Jack served at many catered dinners back during his food service days, but it’s so simple to prepare, you could easily serve it as […]

Garlic Bread

Everyone should have a good Garlic Bread recipe in their cooking repertoire and we’re sharing ours with you today! Garlic bread is one of those foods that is delicious served at so many meals – classic Italian dinners, alongside soups or salads. I love it so much – I’ve been known to fill up on […]

Affogato

I’ve often teased my husband Jack that he must have been Asian in another life because of his incredible love for Asian food and the look of pure contentment he gets on his face when he eats it. (You can read more about that here.) So – if the same holds true for me, I […]

Easy No-Cook Pizza Sauce

Today’s recipe is an Easy No-Cook Pizza Sauce that is absolutely fantastic! This is the sauce that we used to make yesterday’s delicious Sausage and Pepper Calzone recipe. This Easy No-Cook Pizza Sauce comes together in minutes using ingredients that you likely have in your pantry – canned tomatoes, tomato paste, pesto, Parmesan cheese, plus […]

Sausage and Pepper Calzone

Please accept our apologies…this Sausage and Pepper Calzone recipe is long overdue! We’ve been planning to share one of our favorite calzone recipes here on A Family Feast for a long time because the word “calzone” shows up almost every week on our website’s search report that lists all of the different recipes our readers […]

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash

Sometimes the simplest of recipes is the best! And today’s recipe for Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash couldn’t be any more simple – or more delicious! Cacio e Pepe (which means “cheese and pepper” in Italian) is a simple, classic Roman pasta dish typically made with spaghetti, Pecorino Romano cheese and freshly ground black pepper. […]

Chicken Pizzaiola

Chicken Pizzaiola is a fun, easy-to-make dinner that the whole family is sure to love! It’s made from the ever-versatile chicken as the main ingredient and flavored with some of our favorite pizza-inspired toppings! This dish has its origins from ‘carne alla pizzaiola’ which is roughly translated from Italian as “meat in pizza style.” Traditionally, […]

Pasta with Yellow Pepper Sauce

For our honeymoon (many years ago) my husband Jack and I went on the trip of a lifetime! We went to the Tuscany region of Italy and spent the week at a wonderful Italian cooking school called Toscana Saporita. After a very long flight from Boston, we arrived at the school just as a light […]

Sicilian Twists (Infasciadedde)

Back a few months over the holidays, we experimented a bit with ‘pasta frolla’ – an Italian cookie dough similar to a shortbread. It’s very easy to make, extremely versatile (it’s great for cookies and tarts) and it is just a wonderful dough to work with! Since then, pasta frolla has become one of our […]

Baked Gnocchi with Italian Sausage

Back a few months ago, my husband Jack and I went to New York City for our anniversary (we talked about that trip here). During that trip we visited Eataly – a popular Italian foods market – where (among other things) we bought some freshly made gnocchi to take home! Once we arrived home from […]