Food Gift Love

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

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

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;

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

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

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

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:

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