A Recipe for Love

by Maggie Battista on January 13, 2008

in Holiday


I reconnected with an old friend recently. Well, he’s a former colleague but to be quite honest, we went through so many ups and downs at our former company that I truly consider him a friend now. We were both there for a long, long time and endured the multiple acquisitions, layoffs, organization shifts and more. That’s the sort of stuff that makes you more than colleagues; you become friends as you experience all these real life business changes that don’t always make sense yet, together, you have to help make it all make sense to your teams. So, lucky me, we’re friends now.

So we reconnected recently and I got to see a side to my friend that I’ve never seen. Not only is he a crafty builder (both online and off-line), but he’s a true romantic.

In November of 2006, my friend wed his long-time girlfriend at the historic House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. In his words, he “had a blast.” Their first date as a married couple was a few days later; they took a class a the Boston Center for Adult Education and learned how to make gingerbread houses together. And as a present for his bride, feeling boosted by his class, he challenged himself to create a gingerbread replica of the House of Seven Gables. The 2006 version was, in his words, a “mess.” But the 2007 version (pictured here) was markedly improved and he has big plans for 2008.

So I realize we’re way past the holidays and you may be gingerbreaded-out… but I found this story to be too romantic to not get a post on this site. He’s created a holiday tradition in his household and he has one very lucky wife.



Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • dragan

    This is very eye-tasting and attempting to go inside of monitor!!!! Excellent

Previous post:

Next post:

Copyright Eat Boutique 2014. Call us at +1-617-752-1105.

WordPress Admin