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Copycat Willow Tree Chicken Salad

Why buy the expensive deli chicken salad when you can make our Copycat Willow Tree Chicken Salad at home? (It’s just as good!) PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! A few years back when I was pregnant with my daughter, I had food cravings like most pregnant woman do.  One of my cravings was for Willow Tree […]

Guacamole

How to make the best ever guacamole! (One of our readers told us this is even better than Chipotle’s guacamole! Let us know in the comments if you agree!) I still remember the first time I ate guacamole. It was (way back) during my freshman year in college, and a friend of mine served this […]

Hamburger Soup

This Hamburger Soup recipe was originally posted here on January 31, 2013 as part of our Beef Soup Series. We recently made this delicious soup again and decided to update this post with new photos.  Enjoy! Whenever I see Hamburger Soup on the menu, it always makes me smile. This family-friendly soup appeals to both […]

Pickled Red Onions

Today we’re sharing a quick and easy recipe for Pickled Red Onions – and I have to say – I think this is one of the prettiest recipes we’ve shared here on A Family Feast! But gorgeous colors aside – these pickled red onions are super delicious and very versatile!  They add a wonderful zip […]

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 […]

Gazpacho

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 […]

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing

We eat sweet potatoes all the time at our house.  Not only are they delicious, but sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and nutrients that are believed to offer disease-preventing, cancer-fighting and immune-boosting benefits!  (No wonder sweet potatoes are sometimes called a superfood!) But in the middle of the summer – the last thing we […]

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 […]

Rice Pilaf

As bloggers and self-proclaimed foodies, Jack and I love to cook and share recipes for some fairly elaborate dishes.  Sometimes we’re encouraging you – our readers – to try a new, exotic ingredient; other times teaching you a new cooking technique; other times walking you step-by-step through a recipe that results in a wonderfully impressive […]

Jack’s Potato Salad

This recipe for Jack’s Potato Salad is one of the reasons we started blogging.  We originally started A Family Feast as a fun way to share our most-requested recipes with family and friends – and Jack’s potato salad is one of those recipes that we get asked for anytime Jack makes it!  It’s so good…in […]

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 […]

Italian Tomato Sauce

This recipe for Italian Tomato Sauce is a recipe that Jack has been working to perfect over the last few years. For Jack, a good Italian tomato sauce is a very personal thing and it brings back fond memories of his childhood. To this day, he clearly remembers the amazing smells coming from the pot […]

Salsa

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 […]

Refried Beans

I have to admit, I was never much of a fan of Refried Beans…until I tried this recipe! This recipe for refried beans, developed by my husband Jack, is so flavorful thanks to a little bit of pancetta (I know – not a traditional Mexican ingredient – but it adds fantastic flavor!) that is sautéed […]

Mexican Rice

We’re wrapping up our week with a recipe for some delicious Mexican Rice.  This rice is perfectly seasoned with onions, peppers, and a blend of spices, and fresh cilantro, lime juice, and scallions really liven up the flavors of this dish even more. This Mexican rice is the perfect complement to any Mexican-inspired meal and […]

Chicken Noodle Soup (New York Penicillin)

We’re all fighting colds in our house this week so this Chicken Noodle Soup (aka New York Penicillin) has been on the menu.  Nothing too fancy for us these last few days – just a pot of hearty and flavorful chicken soup to soothe our scratchy throats and make us feel better. This recipe is […]

Beef Soup Series – Part 2: Beef and Barley Soup

As part of our Beef Soup Series, today we’re sharing our recipe for a delicious and hearty Beef and Barley Soup.  The flavors of beef and barley go so well together – this soup is pure comfort served in a bowl! Starting with a rich homemade brown stock, this beef and barley soup is made […]

Chicken Stock

I’ve mentioned before that one of my husband’s nicknames is “Soup Guy,” and this basic chicken stock recipe is the one he makes as the starting point for many of his wonderful soup recipes. Jack will sometimes double this recipe to make a great big pot of this delicious stock – making a soup with […]