In Maggie’s Kitchen: Jam Tarts, Valentine’s “Care” Packages, and How I Live What I Love​

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Hey there,

Welcome to Monday. The weekend was a quick blur but it looks like we’ve got a couple extra days off coming, in the northeast anyway. What the weather folks are calling a “potentially historic blizzard” is set to cover the northeastern United States and, honestly, I could use a little time nestled on the sofa with a cookbook. I also want the time to ponder all of these things:

Jam Tarts: I’ve become fast friends with Cathy Barrow. Kate interviewed her last year and talked about her first cookbook “Mrs Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry” but we never got the chance to talk jam. Take a peek at this gorgeous Jam Tart; it’s the coolest (vintage) way to use up soon-to-expire jam and marmalade.

Be My Valentine: With the big heart holiday around the corner, I’m working on a few care packages filled with new delicious food gifts. I’ve never really shared how it happens but it’s one of my most fulfilling creative processes. It’s sort of like writing an article or, perhaps, a cookbook. You have to sketch it out on paper, create inspiration boards to figure out color and style, and literally taste hundreds of new food products. I’m very excited about some of the new products I’ve chosen, including a few beauty items that are food-based. Yes, yum.

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Live What You Love: I pulled this quote from Instagram. I’ve been thinking hard about what it means to live what you love. When you start a business, you enter it with a lot of preconceived ideas about how to run your business, how it may grow, and what you think your customers want. It’s all probably projected upon you by what you read or the case studies and business examples in your life. I’ve learned so many lessons in the 5+ years I’ve shipped food gifts, but two resonate right now:

1) You simply want to send a full box of goodies you can feel great about to friends, family and colleagues. You want to send a tangible bit of gratitude or love, worry-free, knowing that the food included is delicious, beautifully-packaged and made in the most sound ways possible.

2) I want to love what I put out in the world. I want this site, its recipes and stories, and, most importantly, the food gifts to be pure expressions of love for the old-fashioned art of gifting food. If I don’t love it, you won’t love it.

All this to say, I love the new care packages I’m crafting for you.

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New Year, New You: My board dedicated to new foods for the new year is swelling. Don’t think that turning toward a new month is going to stop this board. It’s becoming a pretty special list of new foods, recipes and inspirations to take me through 2015. That’s it! It’s an inspiration board. Some of the newest additions are: Junk Food Smoothies, Seedy Nutty Kale & Apple Salad, Broccoli Soup, Spicy Kimchi Tofu Stew, and Everything Bagel Cheez Its. Go get looking and cooking.

I know you can make it through this snow or all the talk about it. Do your best to stay warm!

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, I’ll talk to you Saturday,

Maggie xox

Photos styled and taken by Maggie Battista; “Live What You Love” courtesy of The Motivated Type.

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.

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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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