About Christina Collins | Feast and Merriment

Hi there!

Christina CollinsI am Christina Collins- lover of food, wine, friends and the joy these things bring to my life. Combined, they are the makings for Feast and Merriment. My goal is to inspire others to feast, and be merry! It’s what life is all about.

Feast and Merriment is a lifestyle. It means surrounding yourself with joy, friendship, love, and really great food!

On this site, you’ll find my favorite recipes inspired either by other cooks, or of my own creation, my favorite local markets and favorite eateries, and of course, some general ramblings in the blog section… because sometimes I just need to get it all out!

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” -James Beard

My love for food started at a very young age. I was never a picky eater- I really enjoyed food from early on. I started eating lobster and clams with my uncle at 3 years old and helping my great grandmother cook at age 6. I have simply always enjoyed good food. Even as a kid, I wouldn’t eat just anything- I never liked processed or fast food, or food that came out of a microwave that tasted rubbery and had an inconsistent temperature.

I always had a deep rooted desire for every bite to be the best bite, and I still do.

I believe you can practice Feast and Merriment as a lifestyle as a family of one, two, five or ten. All it requires is recognition of the joy food can bring to a person and/or the people you share it with. I believe that food should be prepared simply, and with quality ingredients, whenever possible, in order to enjoy each meal in its purest form.

My husband and I are dedicated to our day jobs and work long, and stressful, New York hours. Practicing a lifestyle of Feast and Merriment is our way of gathering, regrouping and bringing life back to basics- one bite at a time.

When it comes to cooking, Brett isn’t one to help out much in the kitchen, but he is a incredibly important piece of making our meals and in helping me record them. This Feast & Merriment website would not be possible without him.

I hope my stories and recipes will inspire you to bring Feast and Merriment into your life. I look forward to looking back on this website one day and reliving each one the meals that inspired a contribution to this site. I am confident that those memories created around each of the meals featured here will bring a smile to my face and warm my heart.

– Christina Collins

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Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin

The answer to your next special occasion meal is Ina Garten’s Slow Roasted Filet of Beef. It is the easiest roast you will ever make and is sure to please the most critical of palates.

Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tart

Puff pastry tarts of all kinds are an elegant and impressive dish that don’t require much fuss. All you need are a few really tasty ingredients.

Berry Crumble Bars

Ina’s Raspberry Crumble Bars are the perfect combination of savory and sweet and have become one of my favorite recipes to make. I prefer mixed berry jam to raspberry but the results are stunning no matter what jam you choose!