Maggie’s Kitchen Memo: Holiday Shop, Thanksgiving and Food Gifts

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Hello friends,

It’s a new food week and, with only 17 days until turkey day, I’m thrilled to finally jump into Thanksgiving preparations. To make your life way easier, I’m curating a board filled with my favorite found recipes for the big meal as well as a grouping of food gift favors for your guests because that’s important too. But before I dig in, I have some big news to share.

A holiday shop: I’m hosting a holiday pop up shop in Boston for the month of December! We’ve taken over a tiny space that will soon be filled with chocolate, mallows, jams and jellies, drink syrups, sugars, infused sea salts, maple syrup, cookies, popcorn, and honey. We’ll also bring along kitchen items, linens, our new enamelware tumblers and trays, and various food gift wrap like tags, stickers, stamps, twine and tape. We’ll also ask our favorite makers and authors to join us for secret tastings and cookbook signings – and you can’t miss out on those. Keep your eyes glued to my weekly love note (subscribe in the far right column) for our open hours and our food gift programming schedule in the new space.

{{ Special note: This holiday shop will take the place of our annual 1-day holiday market. I wanted to return to a more intimate setting for 1-on-1 food talk and this shop will permit that sort of magic. Thank you for all your sweet emails inquiring about our holiday market; I hope you’ll visit the Boston shop! If you’re a maker or author who would like to join us in the shop, email me. }}

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Thanksgiving meal: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. And while there is something to be said for cooking what you know, I always add in a new recipe or two to keep me (and my guests) on their toes. My “thanksgiving board” is filled with recipes, advice and menus from my favorite food writers. Browse the board and enter turkey day heaven with recipes like: Autumn Salad, Kabocha Squash Soup, Pumpkin-Gingersnap Tiramisu, Holiday Stuffed Pumpkin, Cranberry Vanilla Ice Cream, and Maple Glazed Turkey.

Thanksgiving gifts: Food gift favors are essential to the big day. They provide the little memory of your moments together. I’ve added a bunch of both the DIY kind and my favorites from my shop to the “thanksgiving board” so click on over to take a peek. Some highlights include: Homemade Bitters, Dark Chocolate Pumpkin and Almond Truffles, Honey-Sweetened Mallows, Granola Parcels, Autumn Brittle, and Double Chocolate Stout Cookies.

Apple Galette: I’m about to enter the copy editing phase of my cookbook. I’m excited for it because now that I’ve had a little time away from writing, I feel like I can edit with a clean head and fresh eyes, or as fresh as they’re going to be. I included a recipe for my Apple Galette in the cookbook because free form, easy-to-assemble baked goods are my favorite sort. You’ll get the recipe next year but until then there’s a little photo of a tiny Apple Galette above, as a preview of the sweet things to come.

Explore your city’s food: I’ve had guests in town this past week and, together, we’ve dotted the city, soaking up all of beautiful Boston. It’s only when guests visit that I remember to explore this glorious food-filled city. We’ve been everywhere and I gotta say, it’s a wonderful time for food in Boston – thanks to places like La Brasa, Row 34, The Baldwin Bar, Drink Boston, and Backbar. How’s the food and drink in your city?

I hope you’re gearing up for Thanksgiving!

Merci, Maggie xox

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Photos taken and styled by Maggie Battista.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers and shares our version of #foodgiftlove. 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.

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.

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