Food Gifts

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,

Jam Tarts from Mrs Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry

by Maggie Battista
Jam Tarts from Mrs Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry

I could type a million wonderful things about Cathy Barrow. I could tell you about how sweet she was to me and so many others as an early Food52 community member; we were all just doing our thing, sharing our favorite dishes, and she was the cheerleader of every good recipe. I could tell you

Dave’s Coffee Talks (Coffee) Shop, Tiramisu, & Boozy Coffee Milk

by Kate H. Knapp
Dave’s Coffee Talks (Coffee) Shop, Tiramisu, & Boozy Coffee Milk

Coffee. Incredible how one simple word can cause such happiness. And one small Rhode Island company is certainly making people smile with their one-of-a-kind creations. We’ve been long-time fans of Dave’s Coffee–in fact, their coffee syrup is always a big hit at our pop-up events and we’ve even featured their shop before. We caught up with Dave Lanning, CEO of Dave’s Coffee, to

10 Starter Cookbooks for a Well-Loved Kitchen

by Kate H. Knapp
10 Starter Cookbooks for a Well-Loved Kitchen

One whiff of cinnamon and I am transported back to my maternal grandmother’s pantry. Amidst the jarred peaches, homemade chili sauce, hanging pots, and jars of mayonnaise (she never refrigerated the stuff, but I somehow survived), there was one shelf stacked high with her favorite cookbooks. She would often send me in search of a particular recipe in

Homemade Grenadine Syrup

by Angela Brown
Homemade Pomegranate Grenadine Syrup

My home cocktail bar is filled with my favorite small batch gin, vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, bourbon and rye — say that fives times fast! I keep several compliments like vermouth and various fruit-flavored liquors. And, in addition to homemade simple syrup (1 part water to 1 part sugar) and various bitters, there’s always, always

Happy New Year and Cranberry Vanilla Syrup Cocktails

by Maggie Battista
Happy New Year and Cranberry Vanilla Syrup Cocktails

Well, folks, it’s been a year. It’s been the sort of year that teaches you loads about yourself — what you love to do, what you don’t love so much, and where your sweet spot really is. The holiday pop-up was a revelation — it was so much fun for me! I loved hearing your

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