BBQ Chicken and Cabbage Steaks


By Alexandra Salvatore

Tonight I wanted a healthy and simple dinner.  That’s exactly what this is.  It literally took 5 minutes to prep!

BBQ Chicken & Cabbage Steaks


Cabbage Steak Ingredients:

  • 1 cabbage
  • EVOO
  • salt and pepper

BBQ Chicken Ingredients:

  • Boneless chicken thighs
  • BBQ Sauce(This one is spicy and sweet and amazing!)  
  • 2 bunches of chopped scallions


  1. Preheat oven to Bake at 425 degrees.
  2. Wash and remove the outer leaves of the cabbage.
  3. Cut them into 1 inch steaks.
  4. Brush both sides with olive oil.
  5. Salt and pepper both sides of the cabbage.
  6. Place on a baking sheet.
  7. Cover chicken thighs in BBQ sauce
  8. Top the chicken with chopped scallions.
  9. Place on a separate baking sheet.
  10. Bake both the Cabbage and the chicken for 40 minutes.  It will be perfect!


Believe it or not, summer will be here soon.  And this BBQ chicken can be cooked on the BBQ as well.  Get all your BBQ tools ready.  I can smell the chicken cooking now…

Bristle free brush

Vegetable Grill Basket

Sur La Table has some fun accessories

Happy Grilling!

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Bowties with Broccoli


Bowties with Broccoli

It’s not a secret that I love pasta and I love vegetables.  So, this is one of my favorite inexpensive, quick dinner meals!  My whole family loves broccoli, so this is a good one because at least I know they won’t pick out the healthy vegetable.  I actually consider this comfort food.  Something about it makes me happy…


  • 2 bags of broccoli florets
  • 6 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • evoo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds of bowtie pasta(Or any pasta you prefer)
  • grated Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. Preheat oven to roast 425.
  2. Arrange all the broccoli on a baking sheet so that it is spread out in one layer.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes.  After 10 minutes toss and add the sliced garlic.  When done broccoli should be crispy and brown on the edges.  (My oven was broken so I sauteed the broccoli in a pan.  That is another way of getting the broccoli cooked and crispy)
  6. Meanwhile cook the bowties per directions on the box.  When done save about a cup of pasta water and set the pasta aside.
  7. In a deep saute pan heat the chicken broth on low to medium heat.  Add the roasted broccoli and garlic to the chicken broth.  Let it cook on low until the broccoli stems are soft.  Don’t let it cook too long to where it gets too mushy and falls apart.
  8. Add the pasta to a large bowl.  Pour the broccoli and chicken broth over the pasta.  Stir gently.  (It may seem like there is too much liquid, but that is the best part and the pasta soaks it right up.)  If you need more liquid, you can add the reserved pasta water.
  9. Serve in individual bowls and sprinkle with grated cheese.


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My Kitchen Wish List

My Kitchen Wish List

Since I started the Feeding the Fam blog, I realized that I have just the basic kitchen tools.  I have everything I need, but not everything I want!  I keep finding great products that I need to add to my kitchen.  I may have to find more room for storage.  I’m already storing stuff in the office and other closets.

I actually do not own a dutch oven.  The most popular one I believe is the Le Creuset, but it is very expensive.  Amazon has this one for only $45!  It comes in a couple of different sizes and beautiful colors.  It has great reviews.  It would be perfect for stews or soups.

Lodge EC6D33 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Blue


I just recently started baking more.  It’s not really my thing.  So I’ve gotten away with using the KitchenAid hand mixer up until now.  But I’ve been eyeing this beautiful stand mixer for a few weeks!

KitchenAid KL26M1XER Professional 6-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer – Empire Red


I am drawn to all the beautiful, bright colors recently.  Look at this teapot!  It comes in 10 pretty colors.  ***You don’t use it to boil water.  You pour the boiling water in it and let it steep***  What a great gift!

FORLIFE Curve Teapot with Infuser, 24-Ounce, Turquoise


These are just a few of the items on my wish list.  I’m sure there will be more to come…

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Irish Soda Bread


Every year when Saint Patrick’s Day comes around my husband (he’s mostly Irish) says we better celebrate. I’ve attempted. But we’re both not big drinkers, so cheers to one beer🍻. And green is not my color, so you won’t see me wearing a green shirt.  I did make corned beef and cabbage a couple of times and no one really enjoyed it but me! Last year I mentioned that my mom used to buy Irish Soda Bread every year from the bakery when Saint Patrick’s Day came around. That was how we celebrated, of course with food. My husband Matt casually mentioned how his mom and Grandma make it every year. And it’s a recipe of his Great Grandma’s in Ireland! 🙀So we got to baking. And we sat and ate a loaf of bread hot out of the oven. Be prepared!  Make this your carb day for sure!  It is delicious and the butter melts perfectly on the warm bread.  Yum…

Irish Soda Bread


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter(1/2 cup), softened
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of raisins
  • 1 more egg to brush on the top before you bake


  1. Preheat oven to bake 375(use convection if you have it)
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the buttermilk, sour cream, 1 egg, and butter.
  4. Mix well until combined.
  5. Add the raisins(use more if you like it sweeter)and mix them in.
  6. Place all the ingredients in a greased bread pan.
  7. Make an X on the top with a knife.
  8. Beat the remaining egg with a drop of water.
  9. Brush it on the top.
  10. The original recipe says to bake for one hour. This will vary depending on the size of the pan you cook it in and your oven. It should be brown on the top when it is done. Check it after 40 minutes to see how it looks.

This is best hot out of the oven with salted butter. You can heat it in the oven or toaster the next day for breakfast with a cup of coffee☕️.

Enjoy! And Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

You won’t need a lot for this simple recipe but the following will help:

Large Bowl to mix

This beautiful baking dish would be perfect for Irish Soda Bread

And a silicone brush for the egg wash in the end.

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Momma’s Meatballs

I can make these every day for a year and they still won’t be as perfect as my mom’s.  Not sure what she does to them.  But this is her recipe and they are amazing!  Sunday dinner usually has these on the menu.



  • 2 pounds of meatloaf mixture(ground chuck and pork)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • A big handful of chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 cup of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs(You can also use the seasoned Panko or combine them both)
  • 1/2 cup of grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of water or as much as needed until they feel moist.
  5. Mix again.
  6. Roll into medium sized meatballs.
  7. Roast for about 15-20 minutes or until brown.
  8. Put in your pot of marinara Sauce and cook on simmer for 2 hours stirring frequently.


Curly Hair Products

Curly Hair Products


Curly hair is a challenge to say the least.  The challenge starts once the curls grow in, as you can see from my lovely pics!  It is extremely difficult to find a hairdresser that knows how to cut and color curly hair, and they usually never know how to style it!  It takes a lifetime to find the products that are best for your hair type and styling it is a whole other problem.

Over 18 years ago I went to the Ouidad curly hair salon in Manhattan.  When I moved to Florida they started opening up flagship salons and I would drive an hour to a salon in Fort Lauderdale to get my hair cut and colored.  Now they have salons all over the country, but I don’t get my hair done there.  But I can’t get away from their products.   They are really the best for my hair type.  Here is a list of some of the best Ouidad products I’ve ever used.

Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel

Finishing Mist

Moisturizing Shampoo

Moisturizing Conditioner

Botanical Boost

If you are not into the Ouidad products, I have heard a lot about Carol’s Daughter, which also specializes in curly hair.

I also can not do my hair without the following tools:

I have one of these combs in the shower to comb the conditioner through and one for when I get out of the shower to comb the detangler through.

I use these curl clips once I have styled my hair to lift the hair at the roots while it is air drying.  Sounds crazy unless you have curly hair.  Lol

And I wouldn’t attempt to dry my hair without a diffuser.