Maggie’s Kitchen Memo: Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday Sale, and Aged Eggnog

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Hello friends,

It’s a new food week and there’s only 10 days until Thanksgiving. Every year, I aim to fuss less and less over the big day. It’s my favorite holiday, no doubt, because the only sort of gifts to concern myself with are the food variety. As well, I feel the greatest joy now in the simplest of recipes that leave me all the time in the world to enjoy my family. Sharing the workload with them helps too.

Let’s talk turkey: My Thanksgiving dinner menu is delicious and long. Here it is — Pear Champagne Cocktails; Antipasto Share Boards; Autumn Salad; Two Smoked Turkeys and Gravy; Butternut Squash Souffle (made by family); Corn Pudding (made by family); Roasted Brussels Sprouts (made by family); Simplest Stuffing; Pear Galette; Coconut Custard Pie (made by family); Old Fashioned Apple Pie (made by family); and Molasses Cookies.

It looks like a lot but my personal effort is fairly minimal. I always do cocktails and share boards so folks have something to sip and graze the moment they arrive. This ultimate crostini station is providing lots of inspiration for my boards and I’m definitely adding my Pickled Fennel to them. The salad is an easy assembly job a la minute. My husband brines and smokes the turkeys; I save a few random parts to make gravy a couple days in advance. The stuffing should be simple, a great base on which to pile all the other flavors. I’ve already made the pie dough for my galette and the cookie dough (ingredients shown above) is also in the freezer, I’ll make those a day or two ahead.

If you’re still trying to figure out what to make for turkey day, browse my Thanksgiving board for inspiration.

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Let’s talk post-turkey SALE: The Saturday after Thankgiving is time for most to relax. For all of us small business owners, it’s Small Business Saturday and, hopefully, one of the biggest shopping days of our year. I’ll offer a discount to everything in the Eat Boutique shop that day, but you’ll only hear about it if you subscribe to the newsletter. All newsletter subscribers (hopefully that’s YOU now, hop to it) will be emailed on Saturday, November 29 at 9AM with a special discount code to shop ’til you drop for 24 hours. You may want to peruse our new Holiday Gift Collection while you wait… I’ve pulled together a dozen gift boxes ready to ship to a family member across the country, a colleague who deserves a thank you, or just a friend who needs a flavor-filled hug. You should ship the Food Gift Wrap Collection (pictured below) to yourself, to make your holiday food gifts all sorts of gorgeous. Thanks so much for supporting this small business — you da’ best!

It’s almost the season: The moment turkey weekend comes to a close, the other season kicks into high gear, for reals. Because I’m opening a pop up shop in Boston for the month, I’ve gotten ahead of the holiday game this year by whisking up Michael Ruhlman’s Aged Eggnog already; it will be ready in about three weeks or just in time to provide a moment of calm when I get home from the shop. Oh and as part of the pop up shop, we’re hosting a series of guest makers who will pop in to sample and sell their delicious food. I can’t wait to share that schedule with you — you’ll want to visit us daily, promise.

Have the best week, make yourself something good, and let’s talk on the weekend,

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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