A friend recently asked me to recommend a kid-friendly spot for brunch near Boston’s Public Garden. For eleven adults and four kids. This probably isn’t as difficult as getting a reservation at The French Laundry, or Blue Hill at Stone Barn (my current obsession), but I’m willing to bet that it’s pretty darn hard. So

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Strawberry Season, Summer Solstice Fingerbread & Stovetop Clam Bakes

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Strawberry Season, Summer Solstice Fingerbread & Stovetop Clam Bakes

The summer solstice is finally behind us. It’s a moment that happens every single year — the longest day of the year — but for some reason, after our long winter, I was cautious about it this year. Sure, it’s been warm but the actually summer solstice, yesterday, was filled with dark clouds, a sky-like faucet of

What We Love: Father’s Day Food Gifts

by Rachel Wilson
What We Love: Father’s Day Gifts

I think everyone who knows him would agree that my dad is a pretty unique character. His needs are few, and if he wants something he generally buys it himself. His tastes are also simple. Let’s just say that he and my 22-month-old daughter have very similar palates, and feeding both can be a challenge

A Modern Way to Eat: My Favorite Recipe for Eggs Benedict

by Maggie Battista
A Modern Way to Eat: My Favorite Recipe for a New Eggs Benedict

In the past, I’ve turned up my nose and definitely squished my face up at vegetarian cookbooks. I promise there’s a probably illogical reason for this, but it’s my reason. After spending so many years building online communities, I have come to believe that cookbooks and cooking are group activities. I think we should tackle

In Maggie’s Kitchen: A Trip to Maine, Early Summer Recipes, and My New Favorite Novel

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: A Trip to Maine, Early Summer Recipes, and My New Favorite Novel

Good day to you! It feels like summer here. It also feels like there are so many good things happening in the universe. Here are a few: A few years ago, I hung out with Jessica Fechtor and promptly fell for her sweetness and incredibly generous nature. She also happens to be one of those

What We Love: French Food Gifts for Any Occasion

by Kate H. Knapp
What We Love: French Food Gifts for Any Occasion

From buttery, flaky croissants with homemade jam to a pot of comforting soup with a crusty baguette, there is just something magical about French food gifts. And we love them all. In honor of our French week—have you seen our other posts on the Café Gourmande, Paris Markets, and Parisian Jam?—we wanted to take a

Claus: The Art Of Breakfast in Paris

by Amy Feiereisel
Claus: The Art Of Breakfast in Paris

Breakfast in Paris? Even ten years ago, the idea was practically a joke. The French don’t consider breakfast a meal; lunch and dinner are meals. Breakfast is a steaming bowl of coffee and perhaps a pastry or slice of bread smeared with butter and jam. Children might enjoy a piece of fruit or a yogurt,

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Irish Favorites, Simple Syrups, and Maine

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Irish Favorites, Simple Syrups, and Maine

Hello, Time starts flying the very moment it gets pleasant outside. It’s only June but I need to add another ten dinner parties to my schedule before I miss summer altogether. I also want to share a few more bits and bites. My Three Favorite Irish Things: Ireland holds so many special memories for me

Eating Out (Well) in Paris: Six Restaurant Gems for the Frugal Foodie

by Amy Feiereisel
Eating Out (Well) in Paris: Six Restaurant Gems for the Frugal Foodie

Good food in Paris is not a tall order. But good food for less than 15 euros? That can be much harder to find, and can make staying in Paris on a budget nearly impossible. This is one reason I love French food markets so much. You can eat well for a fraction of the

In the Shop: Royal Rose Drink Syrups Collection

by Maggie Battista
Royal Rose Drink Syrups Collection

We’ve been rolling out a new line of Maker Boxes over the past few weeks, which are gift boxes sourced from a single, wonderful maker that we adore, and shipped directly from them to you. Our previous box was the Kate Bakes Bars Collection, a sampler box of vegan power bars with a short ingredient

What I Miss Most About Paris: the Cafe Gourmande

by Maggie Battista
Cafe Gourmande

It’s no surprise that I generally always miss Paris. I think everyone who appreciates Paris misses Paris, right? Do you? I miss the scent of the grey streets in the early morning after a night of hard rain. I crave the afternoon aromas of freshly baked bread and the imagery of sharply-dressed business men lopping

Learn to Cook in France with The Cook’s Atelier & the Secrets of Their Gariguette Strawberry Tart

by Maggie Battista
Learn to Cook in France: The Cook’s Atelier

I’ve known about The Cook’s Atelier for a long time; their style is just that memorable. Mother and daughter duo Marjorie and Kendall run this cooking school in the tiny (and lovely) city of Beaune, France where they’ve most recently also opened an online shop filled with new and vintage French-inspired finds. These two make

In Maggie’s Kitchen: How My Garden Grows, Summer Sweets, and an Ireland Preview

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: How My Garden Grows, Summer Sweets, and an Ireland Preview

Hello friends, I’m so glad to be back home on New England soil. Except for today’s rainy chill, it’s warm and cozy and the soil is basically ready to be planted. Since I spent most of May in Ireland, I only got the garden ready for planting in the last week of May, cutting it

What We Love: Sweet French Recipes

by Kate H. Knapp
What We Love: Sweet French Recipes

I remember the exact moment I fell head-over-to-the-moon in love with Paris. All it took was a simple bite of an éclair from a hole-in-the-wall bakery in Montmartre. Somehow every happy and beautiful moment of my life was captured in each bite of airy pastry, dark chocolate, and vanilla cream. This was not the grocery-store, soggy, yellow-custard-filled éclairs of my youth. Oh

Want to Publish a Book? I’ll Tell You How at The Hello Sessions

by Maggie Battista
Want to Publish a Book? I’ll Tell You How at The Hello Sessions

I just returned from Ireland and wanted to share a quick little love note regarding something that has me so excited. I was invited to share my blog-to-book story at The Hello Sessions, a workshop-based conference designed to help creative entrepreneurs and bloggers find more success. The workshops are designed to give people like you

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