I have a complicated relationship with ribbon. String, twine or straight up fabric ribbon, every type is so very gorgeous. I love them all so much, I want them all right now. In fact, I can’t stand to toss gently used ribbon. I keep a jar of remnants in my kitchen and every time someone gifts me a package, the bow is unknotted, rewound, and placed into an overflowing jar.
Okay, you got me… I may not unknot or rewind the remnants. I may just shove them as is into a big beautiful mess. My big beautiful mess, as you can see in these photographs.
MORE: See more photographs of Maggie’s pantry in Food Gift Love.
I save all this string and twine and ribbon because, gosh, I should. Instead of consistently reaching for a brand new roll of something shiny new, I use a random short length to twist around a jar or the neck of a bottle. I guess I love the notion of passing on something pretty and vintage to the next person. I also love the notion that I’m doing something that’s economical, eco-friendly, effortless, and elegant.
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I didn’t grow up with pretty ribbon. I actually didn’t grow up with much, which may be why I save gently used ribbon (but that’s another story for another day). I did, however, grow up with all the important things: lots of love and hugs, lots of good latin and italian dishes, and instant big-family parties the moment the weekend hit. No worries, I definitely had dolls and toys and clothes – just perhaps not the au currant versions all the other girls had.
But no matter what the stuff was, whether it was a new t-shirt or a gently used doll, every gift was presented to me in brand new gift wrap, the sort of gift wrap that was glossy, bright, colorful, age-appropriate (Strawberry Shortcake wrapping paper, anyone?!) and that brought the contents to a whole new level. There was always a great big bow, too. You gotta love that.
The gift wrap elevated whatever was inside and made me feel kinda great, and I spent not one moment thinking about what we didn’t have. And sometimes when my own adult pantry is low on stuff and I need a food gift for someone, I make this economical, effortless, and elegant pantry gift.
MORE: This strawberry-rhubarb jam also makes for an elegant pantry gift.
Two things shaken together never tasted so good.
Mix equal parts mustard powder with sea salt, seal and shake. Tie with a remnant of ribbon. Write a label on some leftover scrap of paper. If you have one you want to give away, slip in a vintage spoon.
This gift is ever-so-handy for a summer full of picnic hosts and barbecue masters and anyone who needs to just feel special. I sprinkle it on meat (before or after a sear or grill), veggies, and even popcorn.
MORE: Mustard Sea Salt also shines on homemade pretzels.
Mustard Sea Salt
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- 1 part mustard powder
- 1 part sea salt
- Add mustard powder and sea salt to a jar with an airtight lid. Seal and shake until well-combined.
- 1 short length of ribbon
- 1 paper scrap or card
- 1 spoon, optional
- Tie ribbon around rim of jar.
- Write label on paper and slide in between ribbon and the side of jar.
- Slip a spoon between the ribbon and the side of the jar too, if using.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.