Maggie’s Kitchen Memo: A Special Gift for You, Christmas Cheer, and Homemade Biscuits

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Hello everyone,

For me, this is one of the best weeks of the year. I will spend it doing some of my favorite things — cooking, eating, drinking, and eating. Let’s talk about everything, including all of the holiday stuff and a special gift just for you.

Online shop status: We sold out of our 2014 holiday gift collection and I know it’s because of you. Thank you for sending a gift, sharing the word with a friend, and simply popping into the pop-up this month. You made it all possible. It’s time for a short holiday break before I launch a brand new collection of food gifts in 2015.

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Scoops, coffee syrup, cookbooks and more: I have a few precious single items still available and I’m so happy to send any of them starting again on January 5, 2015. Place your orders in the shop and I’ll handle them in the order they’re received, promise. (If you need them for New Year’s, please email me and we’ll figure it out.) Here’s a list of everything that’s still available to you:

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Christmas Eve dinner: Starting on Tuesday, I’ll be in full-on holiday mode. I’m getting a tiny tree and cooking up my version of a seven fishes feast for Christmas Eve. I’ll start with Island Creek Oysters and a fresh apple mignonette with champagne, naturally. I’ll then make a big one-pot meal of paella filled with oysters, scallops, shrimp, mussels, sausage, cod and maybe a wee bit of lobster. Dessert will be a tray of homemade food gifts: chocolate truffles, candied lemon slices, and cheesecake squares.

Christmas Day plans: I like to spend Christmas Day making my Christmas Marmalade. After the gifts and the special lunch (ham, biscuits and a pot of greens), some folks drift into the family room for movies and eggnog, and I drift into the kitchen to preserve the grand bowls of Meyer lemons, grapefruits and oranges dotting my kitchen. The jars will go into my pantry for 2015 gifting and one will be open to top my panna cotta.

Biscuits: I plan to make biscuits every day, all week long. Is that okay? I have a recipe in my head that I just have to get onto paper (or blog post) and the variations I’m dreaming up, um, yum. I am very open to your magical and reliable versions, so tell me… lard vs butter, plain vs mix-ins, short vs tall, bake from fresh or frozen? You tell me and I’ll give it a go. My neighbors will thank you.

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Aprons: All those biscuits will go beyond my neighbors and they’ll be wrapped up in bags and linen aprons. The Fog Linen Aprons available in the shop are so perfect for baked gifts. I’ve used them for years, including while I was writing my cookbook, so I promise they’re durable and get so soft with each wash.

Special gift (JUST FOR YOU): All of you who visited the holiday pop-up got to see the magic between us all, but those far away only heard about it via social media. I wanted to thank every last one of you for visiting or listening in on the wonderful event with something to help you at this very moment. After your holiday gifts are purchased or made and wrapped, you need the sweetest gift tag. The very same lovely lady who did all the shop signage has designed these special gift tags for you to print, cut and attach to your gifts. I hope they share a little bit of the magic from the pop-up and of the season. Download the gift tags now. (Yes, yes, I dreamed up the text just for you too.)

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Happy Christmas week — we worked all year for this week. Happy Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and every special moment in-between! I’ll be back before Thursday to give you a real holiday hug.

Warmly, Maggie xox

Photos styled and taken by Maggie Battista. Gift tag text by Maggie Battista; hand-lettering and design by Jenny Milwid.

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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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