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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Everyone needs a great Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe in their recipe collection. This is IT!

Italian Tomato Sauce

An authentic and delicious Italian Tomato Sauce that has been passed down through generations. So good, it’s sure to become your family’s go-to sauce recipe!

Potatoes Fontecchio

Potatoes Fontecchio is a delicious side dish of roasted potatoes with garlic and mint. It’s the perfect side dish to serve for Easter dinner or at any special meal! If you saw our post from earlier this week, then you may have noticed that gorgeous platter of roasted lamb served along with some herb-roasted potatoes […]

Roasted Boneless Lamb with Red Wine Pan Sauce

Prepare this perfect Roasted Boneless Lamb with Red Wine Pan Sauce for any special meal! With Easter just a few weeks away – it’s time to start planning your holiday dinner menu.  We’re already looking forward to our Easter dinner, and this Roasted Boneless Lamb with Red Wine Pan Sauce is going to be the […]

Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)

This simple, flavorful Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp (aka Gambas al Ajillo) will have your taste buds dancing! Our son, Tim, came to visit us a few weekends ago. It has been a while since we saw him, and his wife, Danielle, was busy studying for a college exam – , so he came for a quick, […]

Jack’s Meatloaf With Gravy

My husband Jack’s Meatloaf with Gravy is pure, delicious comfort food! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Jack and I both grew up in large families where meatloaf was on the menu quite often. With lots of mouths to feed, meatloaf was an easy and economical way for both of our parents to feed a crowded dinner […]

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs

Grab some napkins and make these super easy, super delicious Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs! Today I’m so pleased to share this delicious Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Baby Back Ribs recipe from the new cookbook, Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers. This fantastic new cookbook is written by my friend and fellow food blogger, Samantha Skaggs […]

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! […]

Garlicky Tuscan Kale

This Garlicky Tuscan Kale is a quick and easy side dish that is delicious with any meal! We often cook up a batch of this super healthy vegetable and keep it on hand in the refrigerator. Then, we add this Garlicky Tuscan Kale to scrambled eggs at breakfast, on top of salads – or just […]

Oven Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

Long before cauliflower was as popular as it is today – we’ve been a huge fan of this versatile vegetable! And I think roasting cauliflower – like we do in today’s recipe for Oven Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower – is one of the best ways to prepare it. We toss the cauliflower with chopped garlic, lemon […]

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 […]

Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

Earlier this summer, we shared a delicious coconut shrimp recipe that was served with a fantastic sweet chili dipping sauce! Shortly after we made that recipe, we had an impromptu get-together at our house after a day at the beach. To feed our friends, we grilled up some burgers and also pulled all sorts of […]

Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

This Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to yesterday’s Coconut Shrimp recipe! If you read yesterday post – today’s recipe was inspired by that same family dinner that we enjoyed last month after our daughter’s dance recital. My father-in-law’s coconut shrimp was served with a spicy chili sauce – but his complaint was […]

Mario Batali’s Green Beans (Fagiolini in Padella)

Last week, we found ourselves with quite a large crop of green beans from our garden! So of course, we decided to make and share a favorite recipe here on A Family Feast. Today’s recipe is Mario Batali’s Green Beans – or as the celebrity chef calls this recipe: Fagiolini in Padella. Fagiolini in Padella […]

Tuscan Zucchini with Tomatoes, Garlic & Mint

I have to say – I love authentic Italian cuisine because of the way that simple, fresh ingredients are combined together into one fantastic dish!   And this Tuscan Zucchini with Tomatoes, Garlic & Mint is a perfect example of that cooking approach. Ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen – fresh zucchini, garlic, canned […]

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 […]

Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Still looking for one last vegetable recipe for your holiday dinner?   Our Roasted Carrots and Parsnips are quick, easy and super flavorful! Parsnips are a root vegetable resembling a pale, golden carrot.  Their flavor is also similar to that of carrot – but when roasted, parsnips taste even sweeter and are really terrific paired alongside […]

Perfect Pan-Seared Steak

  A few weekends ago we had some friends over to our house for lunch, and we got around to talking about A Family Feast.  We love hearing suggestions for the types of recipes people would like to see us post here – and our friend Simone was the first to speak up!  She asked […]

Eggplant and Garlic Pizza

Wow – this Eggplant and Garlic Pizza is delicious! Simple ingredients, but the flavors of eggplant, garlic, cheese, sauce and herbs are perfectly balanced.

Broccoli Rabe

My husband Jack and I love our green vegetables, and fall is the perfect time of year to look for fresh Broccoli Rabe at the market! Broccoli rabe is available year round, but peak season for this vegetable (here in the United States) is Fall to Spring. Broccoli rabe (or rapini) is a popular Italian […]

Spaghetti Squash Gremolata

I can still remember the first time I ate spaghetti squash.  It was many years ago at a restaurant in Boston – and I remember being so intrigued by a squash that, when cooked, has flesh that resembles strands of spaghetti!  It was love at first bite – with a delicate and almost buttery taste […]

Enchilada Sauce

Years ago, back when my husband Jack worked at a popular Boston-area Mexican restaurant, the dishes they prepared and served typically came with one of three sauces – a spicy white sauce (you can see that sauce used here and here), Salsa Verde or this delicious, red Enchilada Sauce. This enchilada sauce is (in our […]

Marinated Mushrooms

This recipe for Marinated Mushrooms is one that my husband Jack developed many years ago.  At the time, Jack was managing food service for a private club in Boston that catered to politicians, military leaders and celebrities.  Typically – for those high-profile guests – the menu was hand-picked for each visiting dignitary, and special staff […]

Pasta, Chicken & Asparagus in Garlic Tomato Sauce

We have tomatoes from our garden coming out of our ears these days – especially grape and cherry tomatoes!  But I’m actually very glad about that because it’s a deliciously good excuse to make this Pasta, Chicken & Asparagus in Garlic Tomato Sauce! This recipe is another one that we call “A.I.” – recipes made […]


For me, Gazpacho is the quintessential summer dish!  Fresh cucumbers, red bell pepper, plum tomatoes, red onion and garlic are combined with tomato juice into a flavorful and light soup that is delicious and healthy! Gazpacho is a soup that originated in Spain and is typically a tomato-based vegetable soup served cold.  Many other versions […]

Greek Chicken Roulade

The other day, while rummaging through our refrigerator, my husband Jack discovered that we had a whole drawer full of lemons!  It was totally my fault – I had done the grocery shopping the day before and thought we were running low on lemons, so I bought a big bag full! But Jack had already […]

Grilled Basil Garlic Chicken Breasts

Today’s recipe for Grilled Basil Garlic Chicken Breasts is one of our go-to recipes for the summer, and it is great paired with the Grilled Balsamic Peaches recipe we shared with you yesterday! These grilled basil garlic chicken breasts use skin-on, boneless breasts and the skin helps keep the chicken super moist as it grills. […]

White Bean Dip

There’s an old proverb: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” And that saying holds true for this wonderful White Bean Dip! A few weeks ago, we made some Boston Baked Beans and since then, we’ve had a bag of dry navy beans in our kitchen cabinet.  Not wanting to see perfectly good navy beans go […]

Blue Cheese Aioli

Whenever Jack and I have friends or family over to our house for a meal, we try as often as possible to serve something special that will make the meal memorable for our guests.  (As food bloggers – we do have a reputation to live up to!) Sometimes, it’s a great new recipe that we […]

Country Baked Chicken

Today’s recipe for Country Baked Chicken is pure, old-fashioned comfort food straight from the oven!  I’d gladly eat this terrific baked chicken for dinner every day of the week – it’s so delicious! Our country baked chicken starts with a spice rub blend of thyme, sage, paprika, garlic and a touch of cayenne, then baked […]

Marinated Grilled Chicken

This weekend we had an impromptu family gathering with some of Jack’s side of the family, and this Marinated Grilled Chicken was part our delicious lunch! This marinated grilled chicken has been one of my long-standing favorite ways to prepare boneless, skinless chicken, and I’ve been asked for this recipe so many times over the […]


I absolutely love Pesto – tossed with pasta, on pizza, added as flavoring to a sauce, or even smeared onto corn on the cob instead of butter! And I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve been caught eating pesto straight out of the container with a spoon – I just love it so much! […]

Perfect Pork Chops

Before I met my husband, I avoided cooking pork chops – not because I didn’t like the taste of them, but because I could never cook them very well.  Most of the time my pork chops came out dry and tasteless, so rather than disappointing myself or my dinner guests, I steered clear of pork […]


There are so many delicious salsa recipes out there, but sometimes simple is best! We made three versions of salsa – some using fresh tomatoes, some using canned tomatoes – before deciding to share this particular recipe with you today, and we think this one stands out as the most rich and flavorful! Based loosely […]

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with Mascarpone

We first made these Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with Mascarpone cheese a few years ago for a holiday party with my family and – wow – these are so good!  We’ll never make any other stuffed mushroom recipe again! These mushrooms are filled with a delicious stuffing made with sweet Italian sausage, panko bread crumbs (which […]

Roasted Garlic Aioli

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, and this easy Roasted Garlic Aioli has become one of our new favorite condiments! Similar to a homemade mayonnaise, aioli is a traditional sauce from the Provence region of France made with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and egg yolks, and some variations include […]

Grandma Gennaco’s Beef Braciole

Today we’re sharing a very special family recipe for Beef Braciole that was passed down to our family from my husband’s grandmother.  This recipe originated from her mother, Grandma Gennaco, and it has stood the test of time for over 100 years. To make the beef braciole (pronounced bra’zhul which means ‘slices of beef’), a tender flank steak […]

Marinara Sauce

PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Boston’s historic North End neighborhood has a long-standing heritage, and it is famous for being the home of patriot Paul Revere and other colonial-era American landmarks.  But the North End is also sometimes referred to as Boston’s Little Italy, and it is equally famous for its Italian heritage!  The neighborhood is […]

Tuscan Roasted Potatoes

This delicious recipe for Tuscan Roasted Potatoes is one that my husband Jack and I brought back with us from our honeymoon.  We spent a week after our wedding in the Tuscany region of Italy, attending the Toscana Saporita Cooking School – a magnificent trip of a lifetime! After a fabulous breakfast each morning, we […]

Prosciutto Rolls

Our daughter’s 6th birthday party was last weekend and we served these Prosciutto Rolls to rave reviews.  While the kids were served the typical party fare of pizza, cake and ice cream, we always like to have at least a few dishes for the kids’ parents to eat whenever we host a party.  This was a […]

Roasted Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard

There’s an old culinary proverb that says: You first eat with your eyes.  This recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard combines the gorgeous colors (and flavors too) of roasted butternut squash, Swiss chard, roasted garlic, pine nuts, dried cranberries, shallots and sage into a dish that is quintessential fall and is a feast […]