Food Gifts

Oyster Shell Salt Cellars

by Melissa Massello
Oyster Shell Salt Cellars

I’m in gift-giving mode at every moment of the year — not just during the winter holidays — and these DIY oyster shell salt cellars are the perfect hostess gift (we stock gorgeous Jacobsen Salt Co. shells in the Shop – great minds think alike!). Just tuck a pair into a box, add sea salt

Travel Bite: A Food-Lover’s Tour of The Berkshires

by Kate H. Knapp
Travel Bite: Taste of the Berskshires

You never know what you might find if you just keep driving. This was one of my mother’s favorite lessons, which always resulted in long hours spent exploring back roads in our beastly tan minivan. Every time she felt a bit restless, we set out on a great adventure in search of the perfect steak,

Earl Grey & Gin Cured Salmon Appetizer Toasts

by Sean St. John
Earl Grey & Gin Cured Salmon Appetizer Toasts Recipe

I first found smoked fish when living in Manhattan; every Jewish-style deli worth its weight offered a great option. Smoked mussels were popular at my Maine wedding. And now, I generally only eat smoked salmon during layovers at London’s Heathrow Airport when I treat myself to a little fish and a lot of wine during

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

Glittered Peach Nectar Mimosas

by Mary Swenson
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This summer has been filled with an embarrassment of (delicious) riches. From the Plum-Frangipane Crostatas to the Streusel Topped Blueberry Pie, the Smitten Kitchen Ice Cream Cake to these Boozy Aperol Limemade Popcicles, and then this Champagne and Peach Sorbet Float. And to be clear, we’re not going out without a bang, or a little

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

Ball Heritage Perfection Collection Giveaway

by Maggie Battista
Ball Heritage “Perfection” Collection Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed and our winner has been notified. Congratulations to msophelia AKA Beth! Thanks to everyone for sharing their favorite food gifts with us! It’s a happy, happy day when I can spend 12 hours in the kitchen. It’s monumentally better when I create jars and jars of preserved food during those

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

All-Purpose Quick Pickle Brine

by Maggie Battista
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Let’s be quick about this because you have way better things to do than sit inside pickling over a steaming stove all summer. On Saturday, my darling Italian neighbor gave me peppers, cucumbers and parsley from her garden. My garden is suffering, big time, so I got a little glassy-eyed when she handed me her

Love Your Kitchen and Happy Birthday, Eat Boutique

by Maggie Battista
Love Your Kitchen and Happy Birthday, Eat Boutique

I also started Eat Boutique — but let’s talk about that in a few paragraphs. I’d rather, first, tell you about learning to love my kitchen. When we moved into this 100-year-old farm house set on an old apple orchard, the kitchen was the heart of the home, quite literally. It was in the very

6 Questions for Karen Solomon (author, Asian Pickles) and Wasabi Pickled Carrots

by Maggie Battista
6 Questions for Karen Solomon (author, Asian Pickles) and Wasabi Pickled Carrots

I met Karen Solomon on the streets of San Francisco in April 2013. I was waiting for a taxi to the airport when she walked right out of her apartment building. I promise I had no idea it was her apartment building but when I asked if she was the cookbook author, well, I’m certain

Killer Scallion Kimchi (Part 2)

by Angela Brown
What They Eat: Killer Scallion Kimchi

A fridge full of quick wins is what keeps us all going. After long days running a super successful New York City food business, Angela piles this on top of her humble dinner and, wow, when can we have some? If you missed Angela’s first post on the trials and loves of starting a food

How to Gift Wrap a Bottle

by Maggie Battista
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As I’m writing this cookbook, Food Gift Love, I’m recounting and recording my favorite recipes. It’s been a blast to relive the moment I first tasted homemade fried dough. I’m also playing with my favorite non-traditional pesto recipes, all chunky and green and perfect for the biggest bowl of homemade pasta possible. And spring rhubarb,

Revitalizing Wooden Ware: Beeswax and Mineral Wood Preserver

by Gayle L. Squires
Revitalizing Wooden Ware: Beeswax and Mineral Wood Preserver

Every loved kitchen has them – cooking artifacts. The dishes and tools that have a story behind them, and have been used like a much-hugged teddy bear. If one of your kitchen artifacts is a slightly dimmed piece of wooden ware, fear not! Not only can it be cleaned up, but made just like new,

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