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Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. I literally live and work and pack food gifts all year for this single day nestled in with my family and all those gorgeous, homemade dishes. It’s my bit of pure joy and respite before Small Business Saturday (click here for a special discount!) and the following six weeks of food gift amazement.

I’m grateful for so many things and YOU are at the top of my favorite things list. You listen to me chatter on about the ups and downs of running a small business; you send me emails with kind, supportive and super helpful words about the site; and, you don’t mind when Eat Boutique Holiday Market season manifests in loads of posts on jams, food trucks, private tastings, tea and coffee, and more…

On this day of gratitude, I am zipping up (for a moment!) and asking some of the folks who make this little Eat Boutique business go-go-go to share what foods they’re most grateful for this year. I’ll share my two bits at the end…

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Amy says…

I’m a cranberry fiend. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all parts of Thanksgiving, and I would never neglect my beloved turkey or mashed potatoes. But an alarming portion of my plate has always been (and always will be) that deep, seductive burgundy that smacks of cranberry sauce. When I was younger, I devoured upwards of three cans of the industrial stuff each Turkey Day. Jealous and possessive, and more than a little high on sugar, I often hid the leftovers in opaque containers that I labeled Stock or Liver, certain I was fooling everyone. Nowadays I make my own (usually with a twist) and gladly share, quizzing my dining companions on whether they can detect the hint of orange or cinnamon or (disastrously) cucumber I so brilliantly added. This Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks for my favorite little berry, and for the people who love me enough to eat gobs of it until Christmas.

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Kate says… 

I hold many of my family’s holiday dishes very dear—Mom’s maple-dill carrots, Papa’s country pate, Aunt Sue’s 24-hour salad, Aunt Linda’s pickled shrimp—but the one dish I’m most thankful for isn’t one we even served at the dinner table. My grandmother’s cinnamon rolls, overflowing with spiced-sugar filling and lovingly topped with a coffee icing, were a very sweet way to start our holidays. Grandma would make the dough from scratch (and from instinct, never using a recipe for anything) and expertly hand-roll each spiral before baking. These days I rarely get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, but one bite of these rolls and I am once again a little girl sitting in that small Utah kitchen; my grandma and mom cooking and dancing around one another. It is this memory of these wonderful women—conjured  by a bit of cinnamon and coffee—that makes me feel just a little closer to my family. And I am so very thankful for that.

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Jen says…

It was something in the way my heart skipped a beat as Mom and I were discussing what to include on our annual Thanksgiving cheese platter: a mild manchego (her favorite), a pungent blue (my favorite), a crowd pleasing gouda, crisp crackers, fig chutney, and a little raw honey. It was then that I realized I needed to leave my corporate job and find a way to fuel this yearning for all things food and entertaining. Fast forward four years later, lots of time spent devouring food blogs, and taking any opportunity to develop a connection with people who were already making a name in the industry, and I am grateful for finding a community of like minded people. Folks who understand the importance of balancing the right variety of textures and flavors for your cheese platter.

And for me, Maggie…

I’m most grateful for the Sidecar cocktails my cousin’s wife has promised for the apero hour before the big feast. And after the big feast. And every moment in between. And we’ll be drinking more of them on Friday! She’s scouting out the perfect cognac for the occasion and I’m hoping to surprise her with some homemade orange liqueur and brandied cherries. I’m thankful for her and everyone else in my family. Just lucky we can guzzle those Sidecars… together. For what are you thankful?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and may the start of the holiday season hold loads of delights (including the food kind)! xox

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Photos courtesy of Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio for Brooklyn Brewery and Denise Woodward.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr and Pinterest.

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Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019. 

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