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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

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Your Favorite Food Gifts, St. Patrick’s Day Dishes and The Hello Sessions

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Your Favorite Food Gifts, St. Patrick’s Day Dishes and The Hello Sessions

Hello friends: Happy Monday, happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy 5-days until spring. We all worked so hard to get to spring, especially all of you in the northeast, so let’s soak it up soon. I’ve got a few notes to share as you dig into the week: A Big Thank You: I want to

What We Love: Beer-Inspired Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

by Kate H. Knapp
What We Love: Beer-Inspired Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

When I was growing up, St. Patrick’s Day typically meant two things: corned beef and pinches. The latter involved the tradition (at least where I grew up) of getting pinched if you weren’t wearing green on the holiday. My brother took full advantage of this and it became a game of who could outsmart the

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Anthropologie Pop-Up, Weekend Preserving, and Cookbook Giveaway

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Anthropologie Pop-Up, Weekend Preserving, and Cookbook Giveaway

  Hello friends, New England has begun to thaw and thank goodness for that. My house has had its fill of beautiful, treacherous icicles. I’m busy shoveling ample amounts of pathways so we can get to all of our upcoming spring events, including a very special one this weekend. Eat Boutique at Anthropologie: For the

What We’re Loving: Herbed Homemade Candy

by Rachel Wilson
What We’re Loving: Herbed Homemade Candy

I keep a peppermint dark chocolate bar in my desk drawer at all times, and I’ll snack on a square in moments of stress, or when I have a spare moment in my day, or just because it’s Tuesday. Mint is an herb that is often associated with dessert, but pastry chefs and home cooks

My Life-Changing-Dream-Chasing Big News, Four Tips to Find Your Calling, and a Device That Helps Make it Happen

by Maggie Battista
My Life-Changing-Dream-Chasing Big News, Four Tips to Find Your Calling, and a Device That Helps Make it Happen

I’ve been keeping something from you. I’ve felt all weird about it for so many months. Please, forgive me. When big things happen, I usually tell you, too much, too often. I remember when I shared how frightened I was two years ago, and you rallied to support me like the best friends I knew

In Maggie’s Kitchen: New York City, Naturally-Sweetened Recipes and My New Favorite Salad

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: New York City, Naturally-Sweetened Recipes and My New Favorite Salad

Hello and happy March to you, If you’re in New England, you’re likely waking up to a fresh coat of snow; my condolences. If you’re not in New England, may I come visit you, please? I’m definitely ready for some warmer weather asap. However, I’m also excited about all this stuff: New York, New York:

Caramelized Shallot and Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta

by Denise Woodward
Caramelized Shallot and Sun-dried Tomato Polenta

With the snow piled up all around, I can’t imagine a better way to eat my feelings than with this big bowl of polenta. It’s just the sort of easy meal to make me forget that it’s still snowing. A nice glass of red will help too. -Maggie Over Christmas, my brother-in-law’s family gathered for

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Morning Polenta Porridge, a Cookbook Update and Spring Events You Don’t Want to Miss

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Morning Polenta Porridge, a Cookbook Update and Spring Events

Happy Monday, my friends, Let’s enjoy this last week of February, and talk mostly foodstuff and a little bit of other stuff. Cookbook Update: I’m having so much fun finishing up this cookbook, and while I know the release date is more than six months away, I know it will be here super quick. I’m

Candied Clementines

by Maggie Battista
Candied Clementines

Winter is a living thing in New England, especially this year. When it weeps, freezing rain or snow (usually snow) tumbles into every last corner of these hills. When the season takes a sigh, almost as exhausted with itself as we are, windows and walls rattle from the gusty wind. But when she beams, as

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Pop-Up Thanks, Snack Mix and Parsley Sauce

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Pop-Up Thanks, Snack Mix and Parsley Sauce

New England is having a day, a week, a month. One more snowstorm and we’ll be awarded the snowiest winter on record (ever) award. All I want to do is bake lots of things (perhaps from my Bake Me Something Good board) and eat it all up, but instead, I’ll share what’s up this week. Pop-Up

Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

by Maggie Battista
Red Wine Chocolate Truffles

What are you doing for Valentine’s weekend? Well, of course, it’s a weekend. When the holiday falls on a Saturday, the whole weekend becomes a celebration of love or hot and spicy food or small-batch chocolate or binge-watching Downton Abbey or every single Beyonce video with some ice cream. You know, you choose. Valentine’s Day

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