Food Gifts

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

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

Multigrain Breakfast Porridge with Bruleed Bananas and Coconut Flakes

by Sheila Jarnes
Multigrain Breakfast Porridge with Bruleed Bananas and Coconut Flakes

On the weekends, I make a porridge so similar to this one. With bruleed bananas and coconut flakes and all those good-for-you grains, this version by Sheila is darling and scrumptious. It will make a weekend get-together extra nutritious… and sweet. ~Maggie This time last year, I was working at a lovely, charming cafe in

Adding Whole Grains to Your Morning with Maker and Cookbook Author Megan Gordon

by Kate H. Knapp
Adding Whole Grains to Your Morning with Maker and Cookbook Author Megan Gordon

As many of you know, we’ve been long-time fans of Marge Granola and have worked with her for more than three years. So we were pretty tickled when its founder, Megan Gordon, wrote an entire cookbook, Whole Grain Morning: New Breakfast Recipe to Span the Seasons, last year devoted to eating a happy and healthy breakfast. To

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

Tea-Smoked Duck Breast and Pickled Rhubarb

by Sean St. John
Tea-Smoked Duck Breast and Pickled Rhubarb

Food gifts run the spectrum from sweet and sugary to savory and nutritious. Sean’s Tea-Smoked Duck Breast is savory and so thoughtful, nourishing in a way that candied gifts just can’t match. Don’t forget the Pickled Rhubarb — it’s just about rhubarb season in some parts and a pickle turns the sweetness into something very

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

What We’re Loving: Herbed Homemade Candy

by Rachel Wilson
What We’re Loving: Herbed Homemade Candy

I keep a peppermint dark chocolate bar in my desk drawer at all times, and I’ll snack on a square in moments of stress, or when I have a spare moment in my day, or just because it’s Tuesday. Mint is an herb that is often associated with dessert, but pastry chefs and home cooks

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

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,

Spicy Orange and Almond Dark Chocolate Bark

by Angela Brown
Spicy Orange and Almond Dark Chocolate Bark

It wouldn’t be February without chocolate. Even better, this spicy dark chocolate is zinged with orange zest, making it bright and picante in the same bite. Make it for someone you love and keep half for yourself, okay? -Maggie My first experience with spicy chocolate was when I was an undergraduate. I was living in

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

The Gift of Homemade Chicken Stock

by Maggie Battista
The Gift of Homemade Chicken Stock

I bet you think this is going to be a story about chicken stock. Don’t be silly. Just because you see pretty images of carrots and fennel and onions and celery and actual chicken stock doesn’t mean I’m going to write about chicken stock. Instead, I’m going to tell you that it’s stock season and

Feast On This: The Beauty and Charm of Calligraphy with Jenny Milwid

by Kate H. Knapp
The Beauty and Charm of Calligraphy with Jenny Milwid

It’s rare to receive a handwritten anything, really, these days (let’s start sending postcards, ok?), which is why we are in awe of those who put pen to paper with an artistic and elegant flourish. Jenny Milwid, a Boston-based calligrapher and artist (launching a leather goods business later this month), is just such a person,

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