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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

These delicious Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies have been waiting in the wings to share here on A Family Feast ever since last year! My husband Jack developed today’s easy cookie recipe last fall…we photographed the cookies…and then for some reason (which for the life of me I can’t remember) we never shared them with you.  […]

Blueberry Buckle

Early in my career in the Boston area, I worked with a lovely woman named Jane. One day, Jane announced that she would be bringing in some of her Blueberry Buckle the following morning. The Blueberry Buckle was originally Jane’s grandmother’s recipe, and I soon learned from my co-workers that this was considered a Very […]

Roasted Strawberries

It always thrills me when quick and easy recipes turn out to be so delicious! And that is exactly the case with today’s Roasted Strawberries. Roasting strawberries – or any fruit for that matter – really deepens and intensifies the flavors of the fruit and the sweetness. In our recipe today, we tossed the strawberries […]

Saigon Cinnamon Ginger Cookies

It’s not often that my husband Jack sets out to bake some cookies!  I’m usually the one that makes the desserts and other baked goods (except for breads – that is one of Jack’s specialties!).  So I was pleasantly surprised when Jack told me that he wanted to bake these Saigon Cinnamon Ginger Cookies! These […]

Copycat Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Many years ago, my husband Jack had a friend who once worked for Entenmann’s – the company that sells their popular baked goods at supermarkets across the United States. One day, she handed Jack a hand-written recipe for the famous Entenmann’s chocolate chip cookies! The recipe was written to make an industrial-size batch of 1,320 […]

Halloween Thumbprint Cookies

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just a few weeks away, and for us, it’s the time of year when we start doing some serious holiday baking! My daughter loves to bake with me – in fact, I think she enjoys the baking ‘process’ more than eating the finished product! Emma will take one […]

Apple Crisp

This amazingly delicious, classic Apple Crisp recipe had been my go-to apple crisp recipe for years.  Every fall during apple-picking season, I’d pull this recipe out of a binder that I keep of old tried-and-true recipes I’ve collected, and I would bake this perfect apple crisp. And then…I lost the recipe. I looked through every […]

Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta

Today is a special day! In addition to September 25th being Jack’s and my wedding anniversary (9 happy years!), today is also the official one year anniversary of A Family Feast! One year ago today, we registered our website domain (choosing our wedding anniversary as the official start for this blog somehow seemed like a […]

Tomato Jam

This Tomato Jam is a recipe we’ve been waiting anxiously to make (and share) for months!  My husband Jack first made this terrific jam last summer when we had more tomatoes from our garden than we knew what to do with.  We happily canned quite a few jars of this luscious and savory tomato jam […]

Bourbon Poached Peaches

There is an abundance of peaches in the market this year so we’ve stocked up!  And today’s recipe for Bourbon Poached Peaches is the first of several peach-inspired recipes we’re sharing with you this week! Jack and I were joking with each other over the weekend because we’re two people who never actually drink bourbon […]

The Best Vanilla Ice Cream

When Jack and I got married almost 9 years ago, one of our wedding gifts was an ice cream maker.  For an ice cream fanatic like myself, as you can probably guess, that gift was one of my favorites! The first batch of ice cream I made was this recipe we’re sharing today called “The […]

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Like many people these days, I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict! It’s such a great place to find inspiration for new recipes, party or decorating ideas, activities to do with my six-year-old – pretty much anything in which you might have an interest. I’m constantly amazed at and inspired by the creativity that I […]

Sautéed Fresh Corn

This photo of our Sautéed Fresh Corn is a little misleading. I know – you’re probably thinking that the photo looks like your average sauté pan filled with some corn.  Nothing special – right? Well, you’re in for a deliciously good surprise…because this sautéed fresh corn is the absolute best and most amazing way to […]

Nanny’s Black Midnight Cake

In honor of Mother’s Day this coming weekend, we’re sharing this family recipe for Nanny’s Black Midnight Cake! My husband Jack and his brothers and sisters all have really fond memories of their mother (Nanny to us) baking this delicious cake – a dark, chocolate layer cake with a rich dark chocolate frosting.  It’s perfectly […]

Spiced Pecans

I’ve created a bit of a problem with these Spiced Pecans…my husband Jack can’t stop eating them!  These spiced pecans are so addictively delicious, he keeps snacking on them and says that they are the best pecans he’s ever had! A few months ago, we made some of these awesome Chinese fried walnuts, and since […]

Sweet and Sour Sauce

If you are a regular reader of A Family Feast, then you know by now that my husband Jack loves to experiment in the kitchen!  So when a recipe calls for a special ingredient or sauce, like Sweet and Sour Sauce in our Beef Calzones recipe, more often than not – Jack will decide to […]

Chocolate Malted Ice Cream

Today we’re sharing a really delicious recipe for homemade Chocolate Malted Ice Cream.  This creamy, rich ice cream has a double dose of chocolate malted flavors that make this so good! First the base of the ice cream is made with milk, cream, sugar and egg yolks and perfectly flavored by adding some chocolate malted […]

Lemon Iced Tea Loaf

Today we’re sharing a recipe that has been one of my personal favorites for a long time – a delicious and moist Lemon Iced Tea Loaf!  It’s now one of my family’s favorites (even my picky six-year-old loves it), and we think you and your family will love it too! As you can probably tell […]

Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits

Biscuit recipes are often passed down from generation to generation – and this recipe for Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits is our family’s go-to recipe.  It’s a fairly basic recipe, and in our opinion, simple is best when it comes to buttermilk biscuits as long as the results are light, moist and flakey like ours! Our recipe […]

Strawberry Vinegar

This amazing Strawberry Vinegar is an important ingredient in our delicious Spinach Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette recipe. Although you could easily substitute store-bought strawberry vinegar in its place, the fresh strawberry flavors you’ll get by making this homemade version can’t be beat!  Making strawberry vinegar is really quite easy, and we think this delicious […]

Apple Pear Compote

This recipe for Apple Pear Compote is a delicious way to add some fresh fruit flavors to any meal. Our compote uses Red Delicious apples, Bartlett pears and golden raisins that have been cooked in a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, vanilla and a blend of spices.  We’ve also added Calvados, a French apple brandy, […]

Lemon Bars

This past weekend, we offered to bring a dessert to a church event and these delicious Lemon Bars were a big hit!  Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa Parties! cookbook, these lemon bars were a best-seller for years at Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa specialty food store, and I can totally see why – they are fabulous! […]

Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

Still looking for a special dessert to make for your Valentine’s dinner?  Then this recipe for Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries just may be the perfect choice! This recipe originally appeared in the Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook – and Ina Garten wrote that she got her inspiration for this recipe from Mario Batali.  With two great chefs […]

Chinese Fried Walnuts

Fair warning…these Chinese Fried Walnuts are addictive! I am a big fan of foods that combine salty and sweet together, so when I first had these Chinese Fried Walnuts at my sister Joanne’s house a few years ago, it was love at first salty-sweet, crunchy bite.  The nuts are first boiled, then tossed in sugar […]

Orange Almond Biscotti

This recipe for Orange Almond Biscotti is another favorite that we came home with after our honeymoon to the Tuscany region of Italy.  These lightly sweetened biscotti are perfectly flavored with a generous amount of fresh orange zest, and blanched almonds add a bit of crunch as well as almond flavor to the cookie.  These […]

Spritz Cookies

As part of our post today, we at A Family Feast are participating in Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook, an online gathering of bloggers joining together to honor those impacted by last week’s horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Like so many others, our hearts are breaking for the victims and their loved […]

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

This recipe for Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding came about thanks to a snowstorm.   One day, back when my husband worked in food service, a snow storm hit the area. Because of that storm, most of that day’s cinnamon rolls went unsold because very few customers came in for breakfast. In food service, nothing goes to […]

Favorite Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is one of our go-to recipes, and we’re asked for the recipe so often we had to include it here.  Originally named “Our Favorite Vinaigrette” by the authors of the famed The Silver Palate Cookbook, the recipe was included in that cookbook as a vinaigrette for serving over asparagus.  But we love it so […]