Desserts

How to Be a Zen Hostess This Thanksgiving and Cranberry Crumb Muffins

by Maggie Battista
Cranberry Crumb Muffins and Why You Should Have No Fear This Thanksgiving

Recently, I was speaking with someone about the fear they feel during Thanksgiving… actually whenever she prepares a meal for folks. She shared a story about a crying fit from last Thanksgiving, when the sweet potatoes came out of the oven with a burnt layer of marshmallows on top, all black and crispy. She started

Mrs. Wheelbarrow Dishes About Her New Cookbook & Rugelach

by Kate H. Knapp
Mrs. Wheelbarrow Dishes About Her New Cookbook & Apricot Rugelach

It may come as no surprise that we here at Eat Boutique are wild about the fine art of preserving foods, and simply can’t get enough of innovative ways to save seasonal items for year-round enjoyment. This is why we’re absolutely in awe of Mrs. Wheelbarrow, aka Cathy Wheelbarrow, and her new cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s

Pear and Cranberry Upside Down Cake

by Molly Shuster
Pear and Cranberry Upside Down Cake

It’s November and I just want cranberries in all possible forms. This cake has shot up to the top of my cranberry must-bake list. It’s the sort of cake perfect for a potluck dessert, a little neighborly love or just to hang out on the counter for a few days while I cut slivers at

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau with a French Dinner Party

by Kate H. Knapp
What We’re Loving: Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner Party

With Beaujolais Nouveau Day fast approaching (the third Thursday in November every year), we’re putting on our menu-planning hats and coming up with ways to celebrate the new wine. Bottled just 6 to 8 weeks after harvest, Beaujolais has very little tannin and typically is quite fruity and light. In fact, some find the purple-pink wine

How Sweet it is? The Life of a Professional Candy Maker

by Kate H. Knapp
How Sweet it Is? The Life of a Professional Candy Maker

We’re sweet (pardon the pun) on Liddabit Sweets, and for good reason. Founders, Jen King and Liz Gutman, are the brains behind a range of unique candy bars, indulgent caramels, and one-of-a-kind caramel corns that make Liddabit Sweets so very special. Loving a good maker’s tale, we spoke to Jen to learn more about what makes the darling

What We’re Loving: Pancakes

by Amy Feiereisel
What We’re Loving: Pancakes

Pancakes are magic. They mean home and comfort and lazy mornings and mickey-mouse shaped stacks, ready for gobbling. My favorite Sundays were those my father declared as Breakfast-for-Dinner days; which, of course, meant pancakes. So when I heard September 26 was National Pancake Day? Well, that warrants some celebration, and some of the most funky,

Sweet Loren Cookies: Interview and Giveaway

by Maggie Battista
Sweet Loren Cookies: Interview and Giveaway

Sometimes, you need a cookie asap. If I can’t be bothered to mix up a batch, I break a few Sweet Loren‘s Chocolate Chunk cookies onto a baking sheet and bake. I know that sounds crazy but, oh my goodness, these cookies are perfect for an instant fix. They’re all natural with no refined sugars

What We’re Loving: Fresh Fruit Tarts

by Kate H. Knapp
What We’re Loving: Fresh Fruit Tarts

Do you believe in magic? I do. I’ve seen (and tasted) it first-hand—and not only because I live a stone’s throw from Salem, Ma. Something truly magical happens when plump, ripe fruit meets flaky, pastry crust. It’s like watching two kindred souls unite, and you’re suddenly entranced by the beautifully crafted fresh fruit tart. And

Individual Plum-Frangipane Crostatas

by Molly Shuster
Individual Plum-Frangipane Crostatas

Sometimes only non-pie will do, and these little crostatas are the perfect non-pie desserts to spread out along a big late summer party buffet, or to wrap individually as tiny good-bye summer food gifts to your dearest. Thanks to Molly, you can also fit them snugly into a lunchbox right about now too, and that

Champagne and Peach Sorbet Float

by Denise Woodward & Laudalino Ferreira
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

Smitten Kitchen’s Ice Cream Cake

by Lauren Keiper
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It’s ice cream cake season and, for me, that means it’s any day of the year! Eat Boutique birthday month continues with this simple DIY cake. Lauren adapted an easy recipe for her daughter’s birthday, and you can make it just because. -Maggie When I was a kid, I longed for a summer birthday: no

Aperol Limeade Popsicles

by Denise Woodward & Laudalino Ferreira
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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,

Streusel Topped Blueberry Pie

by Judi Cutrone & Nicole Ziegler
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To kick off the celebration of seven years of Eat Boutique, we’re eating pie. But not just any pie. This one is topped with a crumbly streusel topping that weaves through blueberry puddles and screams New England summer. Happy 7th birthday to us but, more importantly, happy summer to you! -Maggie During the summer in

Vermont is for (Pie) Lovers

by Maggie Battista
Vermont is for (Pie) Lovers

I ran off to Vermont a few weeks ago. I did not pass Go. I did not collect two hundred dollars. But unlike my favorite board game (ever), on the other end of the two plus hour drive, I found (pie) heaven. I escaped to have a little family time, take long walks with the

What We’re Loving: Avocado

by Rachel Wilson
What We’re Loving: Avocado

I usually try to eat as locally and seasonally as possible, but there are some foods for which I’ll make an exception. Until I move back to California and get an avocado tree in my yard, avocado will have to be one of those foods. We always have some on hand these days to feed

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