I’m going to be overseas this Mother’s Day. I won’t leave, however, without getting my Mother a bottle of bubbly and placing this cake in the fridge, promise, Mom. Thanks, Molly, for making me look good, in advance. ~Maggie Mother’s Day is just a few days away and I always struggle with what to get.

Food is a Gift (Part 2) and 3 Tips to Help You Gift Food with Confidence

by Maggie Battista
Food is a Gift (Part 2) and 3 Tips to Help You Gift Food with Confidence

As I type this little novel to you, I’m giggling at its length. Gosh, I’ve got lots to say. I’ll be traveling for two whole weeks and though I’ll post images on Instagram, I won’t be writing too many blog posts from abroad. I guess I’m trying to fit in all the words until I

A Taste of History (and Chocolate) in Boston

by Kate H. Knapp
A Taste of History (and Chocolate) in Boston

I’ve lived in Boston for more than 10 years, and I hate to admit that I’ve taken its incredible history for granted. I recently paid a visit to the Old North Church Campus in the North End, and discovered a treasure trove of historical sites and information. In just one block, you can smell and taste a piece of chocolate

Chef Dan Barber from the Food Series “Chef’s Table” Talks Tradition, Last Suppers, and Favorite Food Gifts

by Maggie Battista
Chef Dan Barber from the Food Series “Chef’s Table” Answers Our Questions on Tradition, His Last Supper, and His Favorite Food Gift

Do you have a Netflix account? I hope you do but if you don’t, it’s time to cozy up to someone who does. I just love food stories that are told via recipes, cookbooks and interviews with makers, but lately food films (like the mini-series My Life in Sourdough, which I’ve devoured) have caught up

Farmhouse Truffles Gift Set in the Eat Boutique Shop

by Maggie Battista
Farmhouse Truffles Gift Set in the Eat Boutique Shop

Sometimes I crave chocolate… really good chocolate. Lately, I’ve been turning to Farmhouse Truffles for my fix. The line of treats are named for the Vermont farmhouse in which Erlé and Eliza LaBounty began making truffles. Today, Farmhouse Truffles makes chocolate-y sweets with no shortcuts and no additives – just pure and intense chocolate. The single

Organic Carpet Shake with Lemon, Lavender, & Eucalyptus

by Melissa Massello
Organic Carpet Shake with Lemon, Lavender & Eucalyptus

The moment spring hits, I start cleaning every nook of my home. Unworn clothes go to the local charity, old books and magazines get carted to the library or senior center, and the house gets well-cleaned, top to bottom. This Organic Carpet Shake which smells like spring is getting tossed on all my rugs this

In Maggie’s Kitchen: My Sourdough Adventures, Life-Changing Pancakes, and a Dream Trip to Ireland

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: My Sourdough Adventures, Life-Changing Pancakes, and a Dream Trip to Ireland

I call today let’s-get-this-stuff-done Monday. My schedule is packed but I’m just glad to be able to tackle it on this almost 60 degree day in New England (downright balmy). I want to tell you everything but will settle on sharing a bunch of juicy tidbits: Let’s Go to Ireland: In less than two weeks,

Food is a Gift: Part 1

by Maggie Battista
Food is a Gift: Part 1

In my forthcoming cookbook, I write a little about why I started Eat Boutique and why I gift food. I had to write it down somewhere because, gosh, I really didn’t know until I finally typed it into a computer screen. I suppose it’s easy and obvious to say, “gifting food is how I want

Beet Old Fashioned Cocktail

by Maggie Battista
Beet Simple Syrup

I’m not drinking too much these days. A bit of a teetotaler, I may sip a hefty splash of red wine here or a flute of champagne there (or, maybe two flutes) but liquor-filled drinks have been lower on my list. Cocktails are so very good — right? — but I’m just feeling like I

Using Jam Beyond the Jar With Blue Chair Fruit

by Kate H. Knapp
Exciting Ways to Use Jam Beyond the Jar With Blue Chair Fruit

We’ve been long-time fans of crafting cocktails out of everyday jams, but Rachel Saunders, creative mastermind behind Blue Chair Fruit, exceeds even our wildest imaginations of how transformative a spoonful of preserved fruit can really be in her newest cookbook, Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade. The book features 150 recipes, ranging from paella to pastries, divided

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Crazy Coffee, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a Marshmallow Sale

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen:

Thanks to everyone who visited with us last week. Just seeing your smiling faces reminded me of our holiday pop-up late last year. (Heidi put together a nifty montage of some of those images!) You especially loved and bought up all of our darling Malvi Marshmallows which are now only two packages for $10 in

What We Love: Spring Pickles

by Amy Feiereisel
What We Love: Spring Pickles

My initial reaction to spring produce is pretty simple – eat everything fresh in sight, often with just a quick drizzle of olive oil or a sprinkle of really nice salt. But after my belly is all filled up with baby greens, my mind turns to saving and preserving some of those lovely, delicate spring

Gift Wrap: How to Wrap Muffins and Cupcakes

by Maggie Battista
Gifting How-To: Wrapping Muffins and Cupcakes

Sometimes, I gift some kind of homemade food gift plus a kitchen item. For example, I might gift a new pasta bowl and vintage spoons with a box of wholesome pasta and a jar of homemade tomato sauce. It’s a nice gift to a new home. Actually, it’s a very generous gift to a new

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Exploring Brooklyn, Homemade Ramen Bowls, and Upcoming Events

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Exploring Brooklyn, Homemade Ramen Bowls, and Upcoming Events

Hey there, everyone, I’m still in New York… Brooklyn, actually. It’s most definitely spring here. There are crocuses peeking through grassy patches, flip-flops everywhere, and faces turned up toward the sun. The line to get to the rooftop bar at my hotel is around the corner. I’m going to soak it in and make this

What We Love: 10 Crackers and Crisps Perfect for Food Gifts

by Kate H. Knapp
What We Love: Crackers & Crisps

One of my favorite things to bring to a potluck or a friend’s dinner party is a well-crafted cheese platter or a homemade dip. And, in these moments, plain-old crackers simply won’t do as an accompaniment. I want something unique, delicious, and above-all made with love. It turns out I am not alone in this desire and I found a

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