Goodbye 2009




I’m a big fan of New Year’s Eve. I’m a fan of the little push it provides to review the last 12 months and plan all the new things to do in the next year. I’ve been super lucky in 2009 – I made new friends, visited some great spots, cooked new, fun dishes and managed to do all three at once occasionally!

One of the best parts of 2009 for me was the launch of, a site that lets home cooks share recipes and build bonds over food, and compete a bit for a place in the cookbook all the while. I’m in love with most everything I’ve made from that site and am so grateful for the chance to get to know amazing food fans. To show a little love to the community, I’m cooking a New Year’s Eve meal almost entirely-inspired by winning recipes from the site. I’ll be sure to share how it all goes. Here’s what I’m trying tonight:

NYE Cocktail: Ginger Grapefruit Bubbly

This drink is entirely concocted from a Twitter conversation with @MrsWheelbarrow, a great lady I met via I plan to rim old-style champagne glasses with grapefruit zest & sugar, and make ginger simple syrup that I’ll mix with some homemade grapefruit-elderflower marmalade. I’ll put a tablespoon or two in each glass and top it off with sparkling wine.

Small Plates:
Smoky Fried Chickpeas
Citrus-Herb Feta & Olives
Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Walnut Pesto on Toasts

Main Course:
Cowboy-Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce
Sweet Potato Gratins with Creme Fraiche, Onions & Bacon
Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Mascarpone Crema with Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies

I hope you have a great time tonight. I wish you an amazing 2010!

Eat Boutique was an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista – an author, business guide and alignment seeker. After hosting retail markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie now supports entrepreneurs as they create values-based businesses through We Are Magic StudioFollow Maggie Battista on Instagram.