Food Gift Love

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:

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

DIY Gift Wrap and Love Letters for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

by Maggie Battista
DIY Gift Wrap and Love Letters for Valentine’s Day or Any Day

If you’ve been to my home, you know that this Food Gift Love thing is no joke. I live it, quite naturally. However, I didn’t realize it was the making of a cookbook until I started storing everything in a single place in my home. Before, bits and bobs were floating all around, sometimes, never,

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Seafood Fra Diavolo, Slow-Roasted Salmon, Cookbook News and It’s Almost Valentine’s Day

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen:

Hello friends, I just returned from a weekend away and, naturally, I have a few things to share because… it’s Monday! Spice It Up: I fell in love, again, with Maine and most certainly in love, again, with fra diavolo sauce. I don’t know why it’s evaded my cooking repertoire this long but, oh yes,

The Easiest Meyer Lemon Jam

by Maggie Battista
The Easiest Meyer Lemon Jam

Meyer lemons were the very first fruit I preserved more than seven years ago, or in other words, forever-ago. I probably should have taken it easy on myself by jamming apples or strawberries, but I didn’t. I attacked the fancy fruit head on because, first, I’m nuts like that and, second, they really do make

In Maggie’s Kitchen: Green Eating, Chinese Dumplings, Our First Pop-Up of 2015, and New Care Packages for Valentine’s

by Maggie Battista
In Maggie’s Kitchen: Green Eating, Chinese Dumplings, Our First Pop-Up of 2015, and New Care Packages for Valentine’s

Hey there, It’s back-to-business-Monday, folks, but before you lose yourself in that new work project, let’s talk foodstuff. You know, the sort of talk that reminds you that your job is great but the real you comes to life in the kitchen. Right? Right. Homemade Chicken Stock: In case you missed this new recipe, I

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