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Steamers with Compound Butter and Garlic Toast

Steamers are easy to make at home! Serve them with this simple, herb-infused Compound Butter and Garlic Toast to soak up the delicious juices.

Maple Streusel Muffins

What a delicious way to start your morning!

Needhams: Maine’s Famous Potato Candy

Needhams are a chocolate potato candy that originated in the state of Maine. Read on below to learn more about this delicious sweet treat! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! My favorite recipes here on A Family Feast are the ones that come with a history – and today’s Needhams recipe has a very interesting story behind […]

Parker House Rolls

Make this classic Parker House Rolls recipe for the holidays! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Parker House Rolls are soft, fluffy dinner rolls with a touch of sweetness and a twice-buttered top that has been sprinkled generously with sea salt. They are a perfect addition to any special meal – especially around the holidays! Named after […]

Indian Pudding

Indian Pudding is a classic New England dessert made with milk, molasses and corn meal. It’s delicious! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Living in Plymouth, Massachusetts – with Pilgrim history all around us – we take our Thanksgiving preparations pretty seriously! This recipe for Indian pudding is a traditional New England Thanksgiving dessert, and if you’ve […]

Harvard Beets

This Harvard Beets recipe is a classic New England side dish that has been around for generations. You’ll love the sweet and sour sauce! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! I’ve been a beet lover all of my life.  Even as a kid – I loved them! But it was only recently that I ate Harvard Beets […]

New England Fish Fry

This New England Fish Fry is so good, it rivals some of the best seafood restaurants on Cape Cod! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Jack and I live just north of Cape Cod, Massachusetts – and over the years, we’ve eaten at many of the local seafood restaurants and clam shacks in the area. Most of […]

Yogurt and Feta Dip

This Yogurt and Feta Dip recipe is sponsored by the dairy farm families of New England. All opinions are 100% mine. PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! With the start of football season finally here, we’re gearing up for our weekend game day parties – and that means delicious appetizers are on the menu. We have a […]

Zucchini Johnnycakes

Our Zucchini Johnnycakes are a delicious change-up to a New England classic recipe! Plus – they’re another great way to cook with your summer garden zucchini. PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Johnnycakes are a cornmeal flatbread or pancake cooked on a griddle or in a skillet. Some historians believe that Johnnycakes date back to the early […]

Our Favorite Milk, Cream, Yogurt and Cheese Recipes

  This delicious collection of Our Favorite Milk, Cream, Yogurt and Cheese Recipes and my visit to a CT dairy farm was sponsored by the dairy farm families of New England. All opinions are 100% mine. #TeamDairyNE #JuneDairyMonth A few weeks ago, I had the huge pleasure of joining my fellow Team Dairy New England […]

Nantucket Corn Pudding

Nantucket Corn Pudding is a traditional recipe that was popular with the original colonial inhabitants of New England – and today, it’s a classic side dish still served at many Thanksgiving dinners around the United States. There are so many different recipes for corn pudding – and most modern day versions (like today’s Nantucket Corn […]

Hartford Election Cake

In among all of the different recipes we found in my mother’s old recipe box, this Hartford Election Cake was probably one that we were most curious about – and most eager to try! So with the presidential election just a few weeks away, we thought this was the perfect time to share this vintage […]

Apple Streusel Bread

Our Apple Streusel Bread is a sweet cake-like bread with a layer of apple chunks and walnuts in middle and topped with a cinnamon streusel. The best dessert for apple season!

Matunuck Oyster Bar Stew

First things first, I must start off today’s post with a huge thank you to Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar, and his talented executive chef, Jeff Cruff, for being kind enough to share the recipe for this amazing Matunuck Oyster Bar Stew so we could share it here on A Family Feast! This […]

New England Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef and Cabbage)

For years, my husband Jack has wanted to share his recipe for New England Boiled Dinner here on A Family Feast. I’m going to admit – I pretty much shot the idea down – thinking that there really isn’t much to making a New England Boiled Dinner! The classic meal consists of corned beef and […]

Apple Pandowdy

Apple Pandowdy is an old-fashioned, incredibly delicious dessert from New England dating back to the 1800’s. It’s a cross between an apple pie and an apple crisp – a baked apple filling is cooked down under an extremely flaky crust. But midway through the baking process, the crust is “dowdied” – broken into pieces, then […]


Over the New Year’s holiday, we spent the evening at a neighbor’s house. While the kids played in the other room, the adults divided up into teams and played “Catch Phrase” – an electronic guess-the-phrase game that was a lot of fun to play! One of the words that came up during the game was […]

Wicked Pickles

Here in Massachusetts – particularly in the Boston area – many people (including my husband Jack) use the term “wicked” in place of the word “very” to describe something. For example: “That movie was wicked awesome!” or “That kid is wicked smart!” (And to get the full effect, picture this in your mind, all said […]

The New England Pasty

Not too far from where we live in Plymouth, Massachusetts is a British-themed pub and restaurant called the British Beer Company, or the “BBC” as we like to call it. The restaurant’s menu and decor are a bit of nod to Plymouth’s American history of being founded by British settlers many years ago! We eat […]

New England Pumpkin Caramel Pudding

Today’s recipe for New England Pumpkin Caramel Pudding comes from the cookbook, The Nantucket Holiday Table. In that book, author Susan Simon references a long-time Nantucket resident named Martha Burgess Fish who kept a diary about her life with her husband and children on Cherry Grove Farm. That diary is now part of the archives […]

Fresh Apple Torte

This post is sponsored by McCormick. All opinions are 100% mine. Here in New England where we live, apple picking is a must-do activity every fall! It’s a wonderful way to spend time with our family outdoors: enjoying New England’s colorful foliage, going on a hayride out to the fields to pick out a pumpkin, […]

New England Apple Cider Cake

PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! We made this New England Apple Cider Cake using fresh #Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. I’ve mentioned before that my husband Jack has been pouring through my mother’s old recipe box – and he has jokingly accused me of ‘holding out on him’ because there are […]

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies are a classic New England dessert. Fudgy chocolate cake sandwiching a creamy and sweet marshmallow filling. So good!

American Chop Suey

As a life-long resident of New England, American Chop Suey is a dish that brings back memories of school cafeteria lunches from my childhood!  Most people immediately recognize this dish of elbow-shaped pasta, seasoned beef, green peppers, onions, and tomato sauce – and although we call this meal American Chop Suey here in New England, […]

Apple Crisp

PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! 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. […]

Apple Harvest Squares

September is the beginning of apple picking season here in New England – and as part of that, I always dig out a few of my favorite apple recipes including this recipe for Apple Harvest Squares! These apple harvest squares are rich and delicious thanks to three sweet layers that make up this baked taste […]

New England Lobster Roll

Eating lobster is usually a luxury for us – reserved for special occasions or a special and delicious treat!  But thanks to a glut of Maine lobsters this summer – prices at the market for lobster here in New England are at record lows, so we’ve been eating (and thoroughly enjoying) this delicious seafood quite […]

Italian Fish Chowder

Years ago, my husband Jack lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts – a coastal city located north of Boston and famous for its thriving fishing industry, as well as a popular summer destination for tourists.  During that time, Jack often ate at a restaurant called Halibut Point Restaurant & Bar, named after its proximity to Halibut Point State […]

Smoked Bluefish Pâté

I first had this Smoked Bluefish Pâté at a party I attended during graduate school.  One bite into this amazing appetizer – I immediately asked the host for the recipe! This recipe was tucked away in my recipe box, pretty much forgotten, until a few years ago when I made this smoked bluefish pâté for […]

Cod Fish Cakes

Living along the coast of Massachusetts, we are fortunate that we have access to affordable fresh fish, so we eat seafood often.  In particular, we eat a lot of cod – it’s a versatile fish with a mild flavor and firm but flaky white flesh – and it’s perfect for recipes like our Cod Fish […]

Boston Baked Beans

Today we’re sharing our own ‘secret family recipe’ for Boston Baked Beans!  This is a recipe that Jack has perfected over the years and it’s so much better than any canned baked beans you can buy. Boston baked beans are another one of those dishes that I never really liked – until I ate Jack’s […]

New England Clam Chowder

Living in coastal New England, having a good recipe for New England Clam Chowder as part of your recipe collection is an absolute must.  And – if your recipe is an award-winning recipe like this one – even better! Years ago, my husband Jack was part of a team that took first place at the […]