In Maggie’s Kitchen: A Trip to Maine, Early Summer Recipes, and My New Favorite Novel

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Good day to you!

It feels like summer here. It also feels like there are so many good things happening in the universe. Here are a few:

A few years ago, I hung out with Jessica Fechtor and promptly fell for her sweetness and incredibly generous nature. She also happens to be one of those writers who can write sentences that are simultaneously precise and heartfelt, and there are thousands of them in her new book, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home. I couldn’t set this book aside and read it all up in a few days. If you’d like to meet Jessica in person (she’s adorable!), sign up for her Cambridge book signing here. I’ll be there!

The new Eat Boutique web site will launch later this month. Gosh, I can’t wait to show you. Just sayin’!

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I think you all know by now that I lead a Lean & Green lifestyle, which means I’m generally vegan except for fish and wine because, people, wine! I think there are still a few spots in the June Lean & Green Program, hosted by Sherrie. Her blog With Food + Love was nominated for a Saveur Blog ’15 Award. We love her!

It’s summer and I just want to use this Cocoa Sante Parisien-Style Cocoa in my dessert of the moment: Frozen Dark Chocolate Smoothie with Whipped Coconut Cream. I see that you all like it too. I’d love to hear how you’re serving it. I’m also thinking about making more sorbet, like asap, with frozen fruit and water and a touch of honey.

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I realize we’re six months into 2015 but I still think of this year as my “new year, new you” moment. In fact, I created a board full of recipes and links to celebrate the flavors, recipes and links I want to continue to explore this year. I’m still thinking about Espresso-Braised Spring Onions, Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, and Cauliflower Tortillas. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, take a look here and follow me on Pinterest.

I already miss Maine. I was up there last week for a food festival, a picnic-style photo shoot, a lot of s’mores by an open fire, and a little downtime. Anytime I take to the road, I post images with the hashtag #foodgiftlovetravels. See my latest round of images here.

Talk to you later this week, friends! xo

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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 is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019. 

Follow Maggie Battista here: InstagramTwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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