Happy Monday, happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy 5-days until spring. We all worked so hard to get to spring, especially all of you in the northeast, so let’s soak it up soon. I’ve got a few notes to share as you dig into the week:
A Big Thank You: I want to give about 1,000 hugs to all the folks who showed up to the Anthropologie Market on Saturday. For the fourth time, we joined Anthropologie and a bunch of other very talented makers and vendors for a spring shopping extravaganza. After an event, I love to share our most popular products and this time around, you loved: Sqirl’s Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Not Without Salt’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix (best cookie mix in the universe!) and Moon River Naturals Coffee and Grapefruit Scrub. We have a few of each up online in our shop, and I’m happy to ship to you this week.
Feel Good Cake: I met two sweet girls who own their own cake company at the Anthropologie Market. Still juniors at Harvard University, Nina and Alice make delicious, moist, gluten-free, vegan cakes filled with alternative sweeteners like maple syrup. I should know, I bought up a ton of their little cakes to freeze for future cravings. Their company is called The Holistic and their Kickstarter launches tomorrow. Show some support for their feel good cake!
The Hello Sessions: I’m so honored to announce that I will speak at the first-ever The Hello Sessions workshop based in Portland, Oregon, in October of this year. Just a few days before the release of my cookbook (have you pre-ordered yet?), I’ll host an interactive session called Blog to Book: Enjoying the Process that will walk you through how I got a cookbook deal, what it was like to creative direct and write my own cookbook, and how to get going on your cookbook proposal. I can’t wait to meet all the other creatives and learn from Lisa Congdon (Lisa Congdon), Molly Yeh (My Name is Yeh), Brittany Jepson (The House That Lars Built) and so many others. Big hugs to Joy Uyeno (Frock Files) and Melissa Bahen (Lulu the Baker) for inviting me!
Eating Green: We’re big fans of St. Patrick’s Day in my home, and all over Boston really. My husband became an Irish citizen a couple years back and anything Irish matters a whole bunch in these parts. Alongside his homemade beer, we’re looking for a few green (vegan) or pescetarian dishes to celebrate the moment. These are on my short list: Smoked Tuna Cakes, Easy Oyster Stew, Fennel and Radish Salad, Matcha Coconut Custard Tart, and Mashed Potatoes (not necessarily in that order). What will you be making?
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: I’m reading Marie Kondo’s best-selling book toward simplifying, organizing and storing the major stuff in your home. Her step-by-step path, called the KonMari method, seems pretty obvious but her story-telling style and gentle, repetitive tone drives her message directly into your brain. I mentioned it to my Mom and now she always asks, “Does this spark joy?” for everything. EVERYTHING. Read the book and you’ll get it.
Washington, D.C. is So Soon: I will be in Washington D.C. for the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference at the end of the month. If you’re nearby, come see me at the Creative Showcase on Sunday, March 29, from 7 to 9 pm. I’ll give away tiny treats from my cookbook (which I’m making and wrapping this week) and hugs to all who say hello.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a speedy week. A weekend of cooking is just around the corner!
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.