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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

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

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Homemade Sweet and Salty Gifts, Lime-Pickled Asparagus, and an Event with Madewell

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: XX XX XX

Hello friends, Does it feel like spring by you? It’s beginning to resemble something like early spring here and I am thrilled. Here are a few updates as we dig into April: Cookbooks in Brooklyn: Every time I return from a trip, I plan the next one. (Are you a travel lover like me?!) This

5 Little Luxuries for Your Spring Kitchen

by Maggie Battista
5 Little Luxuries for Your Spring Kitchen

Hello, ladies and gents. I am feeling like the thick of spring is just waiting for all of us around the next bend. In another few weekends, we’ll hear way more birds chirping, we’ll see the beginning of little blossoms popping up, and we’ll feel the urgency to dig our hands in the dirt or

In Maggie’s Kitchen: All About DC’s Culinary Conference, Candied Gifts, & Big Site News

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: All About DC’s Culinary Conference, Candied Gifts, & Big Site News

Hello, We’ve skipped (or trudged, if you like) through one quarter of 2015 already. It’s been one helluva season so far, thanks to heaps of historic snow. Here are a few updates from what feels like spring in our nation’s capital: Washington, DC: This city is great. It feels like a mix of historic brownstones;

Tea-Smoked Duck Breast and Pickled Rhubarb

by Sean St. John
Tea-Smoked Duck Breast and Pickled Rhubarb

Food gifts run the spectrum from sweet and sugary to savory and nutritious. Sean’s Tea-Smoked Duck Breast is savory and so thoughtful, nourishing in a way that candied gifts just can’t match. Don’t forget the Pickled Rhubarb — it’s just about rhubarb season in some parts and a pickle turns the sweetness into something very

Gift Wrap: How to Wrap Bread

by Maggie Battista
Gifting How-To: Wrapping Bread

A few weeks back, a friend popped by and noticed a fresh loaf of banana bread. When I told her I was waiting for it to cool before I wrapped it, she said, “With tin foil, right?” Gosh, no. Tin foil is adequate but if I’m giving a gift a la minute, I always try

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Spring Classes, Homemade Candy, and My Kitchen Table

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Spring Classes, Homemade Candy, and My Kitchen Table

Hey friends, Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s spring. I like to call it faux spring because it’s still only 20 degrees by me. Regardless, the sun is shining and I swear I hear a bird chipping out there. Here are a few updates: Washington, D.C.: After so many years on this planet, I finally

What We Love: Spring Recipes

by Amy Feiereisel
What We Love: Spring Recipes

Believe it or not, it’s officially spring! Okay, so maybe the flowers aren’t in full bloom; perhaps they’re buried under a few feet of white powder, but we are nearing the end of Winter 2015, and that is something to definitely be celebrated. Warmth is coming, along with the first salad greens of the season,

Kennebunkport, Maine: A Sweet Spot for (Food) Lovers

by Maggie Battista
Kennebunkport, Maine: A Spot for Lovers, Eaters and Anyone, Really

When people ask me about Maine, I tell them that my now husband and I took our first summer vacation there more than 10 years ago. We fell in love somewhere between the rustic shack on the sea and the smoked mussels on our plates, mussels that were beyond everything, salty, meaty and light in

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