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Socca: Chickpea Flour Crepes You Have to Try

by Denise Woodward
Socca – The Chickpea Flour Crepes You Have to Try

My first taste of Socca was in Nice, where the golden triangles are sold at markets and out of stalls on nearly every corner – it’s practically the city’s official snack! A friend and I ate it up within seconds, marveling over the texture and taste, and wondering how to make it at home. Thanks

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

Cranberry and Cocoa Nibs Morning Muffins

by Denise Woodward
Cranberry and Cocoa Nibs Morning Muffins

January is for lighter eating, apparently. But I say, go big or go home with these fresh, bright, crunchy muffins. With a pat of butter or even a swirl of tangy yogurt and chewy honey spread in between muffin halves, they’ll make your morning right. -Maggie They say the most important meal of the day

The Simplest Hostess Gift: Sinful Garlic Bread

by Denise Woodward
Simple and Giftable Garlic Bread

With just a week leading up to Christmas and New Years, I believe you’re the sort who has at least one dinner party to attend. Forget the wine, table the flowers, and let someone else handle dessert. You bring this and bake it at the party — make sure to ask the hostess for a

Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

by Denise Woodward
One Dish Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas

Growing up in a Latin home, I’m a huge enchilada fan. Between Denise’s outstanding version to follow and my pumpkin version last month, we got you covered for all those chilly nights this season. -Maggie Busy weeknights call for simple meals, and the ever-easy-one-pot recipes are my favorite (like One Dish Eggplant Parmesan and Stuffed

Mushroom Stroganoff Baked Potatoes

by Denise Woodward
Mushroom Stroganoff Stuffed Baked Potatoes

The moment I saw these stuffed baked potatoes from Denise, I suddenly didn’t mind the cold snap or the extra scarf needed to shield myself from the wind. The moment I came in from the cold, I knew I could make these and just go with the season. I’m hosting my own fall supper with

Champagne and Peach Sorbet Float

by Denise Woodward
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

Aperol Limeade Popsicles

by Denise Woodward
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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,

Chemex Coffee

by Denise Woodward
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I drink my coffee black, just like Denise. And my morning ritual sounds almost identical. Great minds, Denise. I especially appreciate the video on how to make a pot of coffee with your Chemex. -Maggie About a year ago, I decided to give up adding rich, luscious cream to my daily cups of coffee.  I

One Dish Eggplant Parmesan

by Denise Woodward
One Dish Eggplant Parmesan

There are days when having a full, steaming stovetop or an uncomfortably full oven is lovely. Then there are days when it can be hell – for instance, when you have just brought home a new baby or started a new job; when relatives have descended or unexpected guests move in. That’s when the One

Broiled Grapefruit with Caramelized Brown Sugar

by Denise Woodward
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Can you tell we have a thing here at Eat Boutique for citrus? It just makes us swoon. Take for example the recent rash of grapefruit recipes, which include  Grapefruit Blood Orange Granita and Grapefruit Sloe Gin Fizz; and then there’s just general citrus love with Rachel’s Seven Citrus-licious Confections. Today, Denise makes citrus hot….literally.

Asian Turkey Noodle Soup

by Denise Woodward
Asian Turkey Noodle Soup

Soup is a seriously under appreciated food group, which is really a shame; after all, it’s both nourishing and hydrating, and you get to nurse a big, hot, bowl.  I think a major factor in the soup drought is fear of or unease with making stock. Thankfully, Denise shares both a delightfully unusual recipe, and

Chai Hot Chocolate

by Denise Woodward
Chai Hot Chocolate

I am a huge fan of chai. In fact, I’ll probably sneak too many recipes into my forthcoming cookbook. And when I asked Denise to explore the world of chai spices, she served up her favorite hot chocolate. This warm, spicy drink charms me to no end and, for sure, will keep me chained to

Middle Eastern Inspired Black Rice Salad

by Denise Woodward
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I have been eating a somewhat vegetarian menu daily since we hit 2014, and always have extra rice pre-cooked, waiting in the fridge for a quick meal. Denise has made my life with this new salad. Seriously, life made. -Maggie Since coming down from the holidays, my go-to comfort food has been a big bowl

Stuffed Butternut Squash

by Denise Woodward
Stuffed Butternut Squash

I was raised to believe that experimentation in the kitchen can lead to culinary genius (bananas and peanut butter sandwiches, anyone?). Happy accidents or serendipitous spills make the most brilliant dishes. Patience is key, because a recipe may transform itself many times over before revealing its true purpose. This is the beauty of cooking, and we’re thrilled to share

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