New England has begun to thaw and thank goodness for that. My house has had its fill of beautiful, treacherous icicles. I’m busy shoveling ample amounts of pathways so we can get to all of our upcoming spring events, including a very special one this weekend.
Eat Boutique at Anthropologie: For the last three years, we’ve brought our delicious food gifts to Anthropologie in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a little spring shopping. From 10am to 2pm this Saturday, March 14, Eat Boutique will join in on the fun again, selling peanut butter and jelly covered pretzels (for school lunches), raspberry hibiscus marshmallows snug between chocolate cookies (for a sweet snack), and rose-and-pink-peppercorn almonds (for cocktail hour). I’m also going to bring your favorite and last hot chocolate mix of the season, made locally but inspired by Paris, because spring isn’t quite here yet. Come say hi!
Weekend Preserving: I spent the weekend regrouping after New York City. The best way for me to regroup is to get some food projects going on the stove. While preserving jars of jalapenos or kumquats or rhubarb (or all three!), I can catch up on email, make to-do lists and plan the next week of work. I made three recipes from my cookbook to put in my pantry, and I’m about to get some Vin d’Orange going because, yes, I’ll be able to drink outside on the deck in about a month (or two).
Food Gift Love Online: It’s so weird to think I’ll hold Food Gift Love in about six months. You know what else is weird? Knowing that my cookbook is being recommended to my friends. Thanks to my pal Sophie Wyman for sending this awesome screenshot from her phone. Oh, and every pre-order helps this first-time author, so reserve your copy now. Did you buy it, Sophie?!
Punch in Vogue: I’ve rediscovered Vogue Magazine. If you have the January issue, turn to a lovely article by Jeffrey Steingarten reviving your favorite and mine, glorious big bowls of fruity, strong punch. You’ll get a bit of history and gorgeous imagery, including this.
Cookbook Giveaway: I’ve been eating way healthier in the new year and keep getting inspired. Diana Rodger’s new cookbook, The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook, is one of those inspirations. Don’t forget to read and share our interview with her for a chance to win her big beautiful cookbook. The contest closes on Wednesday, so get on over there.
New Food Gift Finds: I found three new food gift recipes to add to my rotation. They are: Beet Dip with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese, Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies, and Cinnamon Bun Popcorn. Find more food gifts on my “make a food gift” board.
I can’t wait to see you on Saturday. Hugs are free!
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.
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 Studio. Follow Maggie Battista on Instagram.