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Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup

This Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup is a delicious way to use up a plethora of fresh garden vegetables!

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!

Shirazi Salad

Fresh chopped parsley, mint and cilantro and a light citrus dressing gives this Shirazi Salad fantastic flavor! Tired of the same old salad? Then you’ve got to try this delicious, fresh Shirazi Salad! Shirazi Salad is also known as a Persian Cucumber and Tomato Salad or Salad Shirazi. It’s a traditional Iranian salad originating in […]

Mexican Tomato and Corn Salad

This Mexican Tomato and Corn Salad is loaded with fresh summer flavors, salty cheese and the best sweet and spicy citrus dressing. Summer cookout season officially starts with this weekend and – after one bite of this delicious Mexican Tomato and Corn Salad – you are going to want to make this easy salad all […]

Tuscan Kale with Garlic Tomatoes

Tuscan Kale with Garlic Tomatoes is bursting with flavor from pan-roasted garlic and sweet grape tomatoes. A couple of weekends ago, we had an impromptu get-together with our family. What started as plans to just serve a few light breakfast foods evolved into more of a full-on brunch menu.  (What can I say? As food […]

Green Beans with Tomatoes

Green Beans with Tomatoes is a classic! This simple vegetable side dish is a wonderful addition to a special holiday meal, but also easy enough to serve for a weeknight supper. PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Today’s Green Beans with Tomatoes side dish rounds out our delicious Easter dinner menu this year.  We’re serving it with […]

Roman Wedge Salad

A Roman Wedge Salad is a classic iceberg wedge salad topped with our homemade blue cheese dressing and crispy pancetta! Whenever my husband Jack and I line up a babysitter or arrange a sleepover for our daughter, we often go out for dinner and a movie.  Our date night dinner typically includes ordering one of […]

Farfalle with Zucchini and Sun Gold Tomato Sauce

You are going to love this simple pasta dish! Make this Farfalle with Zucchini and Sun Gold Tomato Sauce for dinner tonight with garden vegetables! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! I’ve mentioned before that Jack and I often wind down at night by watching some cooking shows on television. (What can I say? We love cooking!) […]

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Make this delicious Sausage Stuffed Zucchini recipe with fresh garden zucchini! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! With so much zucchini coming out of our backyard garden this summer, we’ve been making (and enjoying) this delicious Sausage Stuffed Zucchini almost every week!  I can’t complain – this simple meal is outrageously good – and I’ll gladly eat […]

Salmon with Zucchini and Spaghetti

PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! In many ways, this Salmon with Zucchini and Thin Spaghetti is more about cooking technique, than it is about the specific ingredients we used to make this quick and easy dinner. Of course – the flavors we put together in this dish are fantastic. But as long as you follow a […]

Ratatouille Bruschetta

French and Italian cuisine have come together today in one delicious dish! You must try this Ratatouille Bruschetta recipe! PIN THIS RECIPE NOW! Do you remember the children’s movie called Ratatouille? In that movie, the snobby restaurant critic named Anton Ego is served a ratatouille so delicious that he is reduced to tears. That simple, […]

Summer Vegetable Torte

This gorgeous Summer Vegetable Torte is a real show stopper! Better yet – it’s as delicious to eat as it is pretty to look at! This Summer Vegetable Torte also happens to be a great way to cook with all of those ripe, luscious summer vegetables and those savory herbs that are growing like gangbusters […]

Zucchini Tomato Skewers with Fresh Herb Dressing

Add these easy and delicious Zucchini Tomato Skewers with Fresh Herb Dressing to any summertime grilling menu! It has begun! After a week of hazy and hot weather – our backyard garden is starting to yield zucchini and the very first of our sweet cherry tomatoes! It’s just a matter of time before we have […]

Slow Cooker Tomato Crab Bisque

This Slow Cooker Tomato Crab Bisque is sponsored by Hunt’s® tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine. Our slow cooker stays out on our kitchen counter all year long – ready to be put to good use making some very delicious meals. No matter what your busy day is like, it is so awesome to come […]

Creamy Roasted Tomato Bacon Dip

This Roasted Tomato and Bacon Dip is sponsored by Hunt’s® tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine.  This coming Sunday, we’ll be watching our hometown team play in the big game with a dish of this delicious and Creamy Roasted Tomato Bacon Dip right in front of us! I’m not one for bragging, but we really […]

Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage

This Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage recipe is sponsored by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine. Brrrrr!! We’ve had some very cold weather these last few days – and all I really want is comfort food! One of our all-time favorite types of comfort food is soup – and this hearty, delicious Tomato Lentil […]


This Shakshuka recipe is sponsored by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine. I know you’ve been there: You just got home after a very long day. You’re starving. You don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking dinner. But also you don’t want to call for take-out. And you are just craving some […]

Peg’s Green Tomato Salsa

We’re sharing one more end-of-the-growing-season green tomato recipe with you today – Peg’s Green Tomato Salsa! Peg is the neighbor of our good friends Chris and Simone. We were visiting them last weekend to watch a football game, and as we arrived at their house, Peg’s husband Gary was just leaving after having dropped off […]

Fried Green Tomatoes

Up until this week, we’ve been enjoying a warm Fall season here in New England. Thanks to the mild weather, our backyard garden tomato plants are still producing a few last stragglers. But with our first week of frosty nights in the weather forecast for this week, we’ve picked the last green tomatoes – and […]

Sautéed Salmon with Rice and Tomatoes

My husband Jack first made this recipe for Sautéed Salmon with Rice and Tomatoes over the summer when we had so many (too many!!) ripe tomatoes from our backyard garden.  But this easy and delicious meal is great any time of the year made with fresh, supermarket tomatoes. Generous chunks of sautéed salmon are mixed […]

Garden Tomato Compote

It’s early October, but with the warm Fall we’ve been having here in New England, many of our garden tomato plants are still going strong! In particular, we have San Marzano tomatoes still growing like crazy – so my husband Jack recently made this delicious Garden Tomato Compote. San Marzanos are a type of Italian […]

Fire Roasted Tomato and Barley Risotto

This Fire Roasted Tomato and Barley Risotto recipe is sponsored by Hunt’s Tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine. There’s a crisp Fall chill in the air these days and I absolutely love it!! This is my favorite season of the year! And if you are like me, you start to crave warm, hearty comfort food […]

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 […]

Herbed Tomatoes

Last week I had the huge pleasure of enjoying these delicious Herbed Tomatoes at a local event sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and Miele USA – and I’m sharing the recipe with you today! At the Haute Style Summer Entertaining Event, a group of food, DIY and lifestyle bloggers, as well as local design […]

Chesapeake Salsa

Our local supermarket sells a variety of fresh salsas in the refrigerated section of the deli department – including one they call Chesapeake Salsa. We actually bought the Chesapeake Salsa for the first time by accident! Typically, we go for the traditional Mexican-inspired salsas which are sold in various levels of spiciness and heat. But […]

Tomato Tart with Smoked Gruyère and Cracked Black Pepper

As much as my husband Jack and I both love to create our own original recipes, sometimes it is just as nice for us when we simply cook together in the kitchen following a well-written recipe that someone else has created.  Even better when that recipe turns out to be an incredibly delicious dish! Such […]

Whole30 Spaghetti Squash with Pesto

Even if you aren’t on the Whole30 program, you’re going to love this easy and flavorful side dish: Spaghetti Squash with Pesto. We heard from so many of you last week after we shared our Whole30 Stuffed Cabbage recipe! You told us that you loved seeing some healthier, low-carb recipe options from us here on […]

Pan Roasted Tomatoes with Quinoa

We first made this delicious recipe for Pan Roasted Tomatoes with Quinoa last summer when we had tons of ripe tomatoes growing in our garden. But with the availability of grape and cherry tomatoes all year round at the supermarket, this Pan Roasted Tomatoes with Quinoa is a quick and easy side dish that we […]

Spicy Thai Ketchup

Our bumper crop of garden tomatoes is finally (and sadly!) starting to wind down with the cooler weather. So we’ve been canning some of our favorite tomato recipes that we make every summer – including our popular tomato jam.  After passing out a few jars to our neighbors and friends, I suggested to my husband […]

Tomato Eggplant Gratin

I always know that we have a winning recipe on our hands when our friends and family take a bite of a dish that we’ve cooked and immediately ask, “When will THIS be on your blog?” That question is usually a very good sign that they like the recipe so much – they want to […]

Garden Vegetable Ragout

Today’s delicious Garden Vegetable Ragout was fully inspired by (as you can guess from the recipe name) a garden full of fresh vegetables! A “ragout” (pronounced ra-gu) is French for a main dish stew and it comes from the word ragoûter, which means “to revive the taste.” Our recipe today is a mix of sweet […]

Summer Squash Spaghetti Ricotta Pie

Today’s recipe for Summer Squash Spaghetti Ricotta Pie is summertime comfort food. I also love that it’s a one-dish meal that the entire family will love! Inspired by a newspaper clipping from The Boston Globe that I’ve saved for years, this Summer Squash Spaghetti Ricotta Pie is also a wonderful way to enjoy summer garden […]

Vegetable Chili

Today we’re sharing a perfect, delicious recipe to feed a crowd – and another great way to cook with in-season, summer vegetables! I’ve made this fantastic Vegetable Chili so many times over the years that the binder of my well-worn copy of this cookbook is cracked and automatically falls open to the page where the […]

Greek Spinach with White Beans and Feta

Today’s recipe – this delicious Greek Spinach with White Beans and Feta – is the perfect way to add delicious, healthy flavor to any meal! In particular – I think this dish is a perfect accompaniment to any grilled chicken or beef dish! This Greek Spinach with White Beans and Feta is made from ingredients […]

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 […]

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 […]

Homemade Ketchup

Yesterday we shared our recipe for Homemade Tater Tots – and what goes better with those than some Homemade Ketchup! Homemade ketchup is surprisingly quick and easy to make, and it has a noticeably deeper, richer tomato taste that is so much better than any store-bought ketchup brands! We make our homemade ketchup using fresh […]

Creamy Chicken Queso Dip

As I’m writing this post, I’m really wishing I had a bowl of this Creamy Chicken Queso Dip in front of me right now to eat. Seriously… Just – please excuse me while I take a moment to stare at that photo! This creamy chicken queso dip couldn’t be any more delicious – or any […]

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Arroz de Tomate)

Over the last few months, we’ve been trying quite a few recipes from the cookbook, “Food of Portugal” and this Arroz de Tomate – or Portuguese Tomato Rice – is now one of our go-to side dishes! According to the cookbook’s author Jean Anderson, this recipe is a favorite all over Portugal – but best […]

Pasta Sauce Raphael

If you’ve followed A Family Feast for a while now, then you already know what a huge fan I am of the long-time classic, The Silver Palate Cookbook. That cookbook was one of the very first that I owned and years later, it still has a strong influence on the way that I like to […]

Tomato Soup

Everyone needs a good, hearty homemade Tomato Soup in their recipe collection – and we’re sharing ours with you today! This thick, delicious, creamy tomato soup is one of my favorite soups of all-time! It’s full of fresh tomato flavor (of course) as well as fresh garlic, basil, thyme and parsley. But what really adds […]

No-Cook Puttanesca Sauce Over Pasta

I grew up avoiding any dish or recipe that included anchovies. My dad loved them – but I just couldn’t get past the look of those little fishes packed in their small flat cans! So when I learned that my husband Jack grew up on (and completely raved about) some classic Italian pasta dishes like […]

Fettuccine in Cream, Tomato & Basil Sauce

This Fettuccine in Cream, Tomato & Basil Sauce is a delicious and easy recipe that I’ve had in my recipe box for years! It’s similar to a Fettuccine Alfredo in some ways – but with a lighter, fresher flavor thanks to diced fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and parsley added to the delicious cream sauce! What […]

Nautical Mary

Over Labor Day weekend – after making our family’s recipe for homemade tomato juice – we got together with some neighborhood friends for a barbecue and kid’s sleepover. Jack decided to make a cocktail – this Nautical Mary – using our fresh homemade tomato juice, clam juice and vodka along with some other ingredients for […]

Homemade Tomato Juice

With a garden still full of ripe tomatoes, we’ve been experimenting with an old family recipe for Homemade Tomato Juice that comes from my husband Jack’s side of the family! The original recipe was from Jack’s grandmother, and it was hand written in a mix of English and Italian! (Unfortunately – it was also faded […]

Fresh Tomato Au Gratin

I absolutely love, love, love fresh garden tomatoes! But – this happens every summer – when our homegrown tomatoes are finally ripe – they ALL get ripe at the same time! So at this point, we’re still picking about five pounds of tomatoes a day! I’m not really complaining because we’ve been making some of […]

Tomato Pickle Mix

Many years ago, my husband Jack worked as the food service director for a large inner-city school system close to Boston’s Italian North End neighborhood. One day, a few of the school lunch ladies told him that they wanted to make their “tomato pickle mix” to serve during an Italian Sub Day that was planned […]

30+ Recipes for your Garden Tomatoes

Got tomatoes? We have tomatoes coming out of our EARS thanks to a fantastic bumper crop from our garden this summer. So if you are like us and need some ideas for what to do with all of those garden tomatoes, look no further! Here is a great collection of 30+ Recipes for your Garden […]

Stewed Tomatoes

I mentioned yesterday that we just came home from an end-of-summer vacation and when we got home, we found our garden over-run with ripe tomatoes!   Over the weekend alone, we picked more than 40 pounds (wow!) of various varieties including cherry and grape, Roma, baby plum, Sun Glow, Big Girl, Big Boy and Beefsteak. So […]

Lemon-Glazed Swordfish Skewers Over Rice

Today’s delicious recipe for Lemon-Glazed Swordfish Skewers Over Rice is an adaptation of one of the recipes that we prepared a few weeks ago when we attended a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School! Last week, we shared some details of our food tour of Atlantic City, and as part of that trip, my […]

BLT Panzanella

Today’s BLT Panzanella combines two dishes that I love into one fantastic salad!  All of the traditional makings of a BLT sandwich – crispy fried bacon, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and crispy toasted bread – get combined together as a delicious panzanella! A traditional panzanella is a Tuscan salad made from bread and tomatoes, plus […]

Zucchini Tomato Risotto

It’s January – and like so many other people at this time of year, my husband Jack and I have both made some New Year’s resolutions! We’re both trying to live a healthier lifestyle – exercising more (no excuses – we have a treadmill and weights in our basement) and eating more fruits and vegetables […]

Green Tomato Soup with Black Forest Ham

Last week – after a long stretch of gorgeous and warm fall weather – we finally had our first frost!  Needless to say, our garden is now done for the season – but we were able to salvage a few last green and partially-ripe tomatoes, as well as some peppers and herbs after the frost. […]

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 […]

Tomato Pie

We’re enjoying the last hurrah of our fresh garden tomatoes – and we’ve saved one of the best recipes for last…this fantastic Tomato Pie! This delicious savory pie combines fresh tomatoes, basil and sweet onions in a pie crust with a zesty topping of sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and a little bit of hot sauce.  […]

Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce

For any homemade pizza, the sauce is a key contributor to how it tastes – so it’s very important that you choose a pizza sauce that is delicious and distinctive! Our Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce really fits the bill!  Fresh Roma tomatoes are roasted in the oven along with onions, garlic, anchovies (you can leave […]

Poached Cod with Tarragon and Cherry Tomatoes

Tomatoes…and more tomatoes…we’ve still got tons of ripe tomatoes in our garden right now, so we’re eating and cooking with them as fast as we can!  But I’m not complaining at all – garden tomatoes are the best! This recipe for Poached Cod with Tarragon and Cherry Tomatoes is one of our latest, favorite recipes […]