Recent Culinary Adventures

  • Ina Garten's Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

    Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

    I make tons of Shrimp Cocktail. Why? Because people love it. I love it. If you put a tray of shrimp out, regardless of the quality or flavor, it will be gone. People. Love. Shrimp. Cocktail. But I take issue with this.  Water logged, flavorless excuses for…

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  • Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic. Recipe by: Ina Garten

    Chicken with Forty Cloves

    We have a screened-in porch and after ten years, we finally gave it some love and turned it into the porch we always wanted. We even hand built a farmhouse table for it so we can gather round it for Feast and Merriment. The inaugural dinner…

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  • mamasboy

    Brunch at it’s Best

    It’s rare. It’s really, really rare to find an establishment in this neck of the woods that does brunch the way brunch is meant to be done. What the heck does that mean? Well, it starts with the food- a place that embraces breakfast and elevates…

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A few of my favorite things

  • Rao's Sauce

    Rao’s Tomato Sauce

    Some call it gravy while others call it sauce. Regardless of what you call it, homemade is best! I make my own sauce 90% of the time but sometimes I just don’t have the time. When this happens, I need to turn to jarred sauce. I like to use Rao’s jarred sauce.

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  • curry sauce

    A surprise in a package

    I rarely find sauces or mixes or anything packaged to be very good. But Sukhi’s Classic indian Curry Sauce was a recent find that blew my mind. It was delicious and easy and had contains not a single ingredient that I can’t pronounce! I found it at Whole Foods and served over jasmine rice. It was as good, if not better, than anything I have had at an Indian restaurant.

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  • favoritericotta

    My Favorite Ricotta

    Making my own ricotta cheese is on my never ending ‘to-do’ list! Until I get around to that, I need to continue to buy it pre-made. This is not a bad thing because I am addicted to the Calabro brand ricotta. I love it- I just eat it right out of the tub! Its light and fluffy and flavored perfectly!

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On My Mind
There is a world of vegetables out there and I’m going to start eating them all!
Welcome to Feast & Merriment!

A site about my passion for cooking, dining, and quality ingredients and how they bring joy, laughter and learning to my life. I needed a place to write about the recipes I tried or created so next time, I would know what to do (or what not to do!) I wanted a place to record that 'great veal chop recipe' so I could make it again and know just what I did. And what was it that I liked so much about that Chianti I just tried? So here it is world- My Culinary Adventures!


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