Ooh, ooh, ooh, it’s magic! Ya know-w-w-wwww…. This is what runs through my mind when I think about Sangria. Wine + fruit + time = Spanish genius, and a beverage that goes down far too easily. The beauty of it is both the simplicity and endless possibility; sangria can be made red, white, or virgin

Individual Plum-Frangipane Crostatas

by Molly Shuster
Individual Plum-Frangipane Crostatas

Sometimes only non-pie will do, and these little crostatas are the perfect non-pie desserts to spread out along a big late summer party buffet, or to wrap individually as tiny good-bye summer food gifts to your dearest. Thanks to Molly, you can also fit them snugly into a lunchbox right about now too, and that

Champagne and Peach Sorbet Float

by Denise Woodward & Laudalino Ferreira
Champagne and Peach Sorbet Float

It’s so strange to be writing the Food Gift Love cookbook while celebrating Eat Boutique’s 7th birthday. What’s not so strange is this delightful recipe: peach sorbet made without a machine is perfect, as it encourages quiet time in the summer kitchen. And it encourages drinking Champagne floats. Thanks, Denise! -Maggie When I realized it

What We’re Loving: Adult Milkshakes

by Kate H. Knapp
What We're Loving: Adult Milkshakes

As I’ve gotten (just a wee bit) older, I cherish those rare moments when I get to feel like a little kid again. And sipping a frothy shake on a warm summer’s day is an easy way to return to simpler times spent running through sprinklers, hiding in hopes that someone will seek, and knowing all troubles will vanish in a parent’s embrace. Now take

Smitten Kitchen’s Ice Cream Cake

by Lauren Keiper
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It’s ice cream cake season and, for me, that means it’s any day of the year! Eat Boutique birthday month continues with this simple DIY cake. Lauren adapted an easy recipe for her daughter’s birthday, and you can make it just because. -Maggie When I was a kid, I longed for a summer birthday: no

Ball Heritage Perfection Collection Giveaway

by Maggie Battista
Ball Heritage “Perfection” Collection Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been notified. We’ll post the name of the winner once they confirm. Thanks to everyone for sharing their favorite food gifts with us! It’s a happy, happy day when I can spend 12 hours in the kitchen. It’s monumentally better when I create jars and jars

Aperol Limeade Popsicles

by Denise Woodward & Laudalino Ferreira
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A hot summer night will instantly cool down with these Aperol-filled icy treats. Take a tray to your next backyard barbecue or save them all for you. No judgement. -Maggie It has been hot, hot, hot in Oakland this summer, the way summer should be.  Sundress loving and cocktail sipping weather.  I have to admit,

Streusel Topped Blueberry Pie

by Judi Cutrone & Nicole Ziegler
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To kick off the celebration of seven years of Eat Boutique, we’re eating pie. But not just any pie. This one is topped with a crumbly streusel topping that weaves through blueberry puddles and screams New England summer. Happy 7th birthday to us but, more importantly, happy summer to you! -Maggie During the summer in

Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub

by Gayle L. Squires
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Strawberry and rhubarb are the classic combination of sweet and tart. I adore how Gayle used this strawberry rhubarb finishing vinegar to shrub it up. Weekend cocktails, done! -Maggie We’ve all known pregnant women who crave pickles and ice cream and a whole host of other foods – my mother ate enough carrots to tinge

All-Purpose Quick Pickle Brine

by Maggie Battista
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Let’s be quick about this because you have way better things to do than sit inside pickling over a steaming stove all summer. On Saturday, my darling Italian neighbor gave me peppers, cucumbers and parsley from her garden. My garden is suffering, big time, so I got a little glassy-eyed when she handed me her

Love Your Kitchen and Happy Birthday, Eat Boutique

by Maggie Battista
Love Your Kitchen and Happy Birthday, Eat Boutique

I also started Eat Boutique — but let’s talk about that in a few paragraphs. I’d rather, first, tell you about learning to love my kitchen. When we moved into this 100-year-old farm house set on an old apple orchard, the kitchen was the heart of the home, quite literally. It was in the very

Homemade Sunscreen

by Melissa Massello
Homemade Coconut Oil and Raspberry Sunscreen

I’ve been flipping my beauty products to organic or homemade versions bit by bit. Melissa has now made it possible for me to replace my sunscreen with a rich coconut oil and raspberry oil variety. It sounds delicious but don’t eat it, okay?! Merci, Melissa. -Maggie Oh man, I love entertaining outdoors: the white lights,

Vermont is for (Pie) Lovers

by Maggie Battista
Vermont is for (Pie) Lovers

I ran off to Vermont a few weeks ago. I did not pass Go. I did not collect two hundred dollars. But unlike my favorite board game (ever), on the other end of the two plus hour drive, I found (pie) heaven. I escaped to have a little family time, take long walks with the

6 Questions for Karen Solomon (author, Asian Pickles) and Wasabi Pickled Carrots

by Maggie Battista
6 Questions for Karen Solomon (author, Asian Pickles) and Wasabi Pickled Carrots

I met Karen Solomon on the streets of San Francisco in April 2013. I was waiting for a taxi to the airport when she walked right out of her apartment building. I promise I had no idea it was her apartment building but when I asked if she was the cookbook author, well, I’m certain

What We’re Loving: Avocado

by Rachel Wilson
What We’re Loving: Avocado

I usually try to eat as locally and seasonally as possible, but there are some foods for which I’ll make an exception. Until I move back to California and get an avocado tree in my yard, avocado will have to be one of those foods. We always have some on hand these days to feed

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