5-Minute Food Gift: A Fresh Fruit and Nut Crate


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A note from Maggie

If you can make this Fruit and Nut Crate, you can make homemade gift wrap and homemade wreathes for the holidays. My friends are flying into Boston to show you how at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market!

Joy the Baker (Homemade Decadence) will show you how to make crafty gift wrap while eating donuts (made with Union Square Donuts on Saturday, December 5th. You’ll get 3 rolls of gift wrap, donut holes, and coffee! Get your tickets here.

Adrianna Adarme (A Cozy Kitchen) will show you how to make a holiday wreath similar to the one in her new cookbook while munching on pop tarts (made by Justin Burke-Samson of Modern Gramma) on Saturday, December 12th. You’ll get a holiday wreath, a pop tart, and coffee! Get your tickets here.

All the coffee comes from the fabulous Black Magic Coffee. He’ll be in the market every day so come and get your coffee fix!

I’m the host of a smallish Thanksgiving gathering for twenty in a couple days. I host my family and friends every year, and I’ve done so for at least the last ten years or more. Hmm, I don’t think I’ve been a guest at a Thanksgiving dinner in 15+ years.

As I planned the menu for the big meal, I thought a bit about that single food gift that would delight me, no matter the moment or the feelings of the day. You could be the very first guest who’s twenty minutes early or the last and an hour late. You could walk in on a burnt turkey or I could be three hours behind on everything or, maybe, the oven has died mid-cooking up all the sides (this has happened to me!) In any of these situations, you’d save my life and make me beam by offering me this simple gift, so I gift the idea to you, now.

Lay a clean dish towel in a box or a crate. It doesn’t have to be a new towel, just a clean one. Pile in some fresh fruit — apples, pears, and oranges are perfect — and some nuts, any nuts. A bag of pistachios is so pleasant as it becomes an instant stand-in for cocktail hour. But you can most certainly fill jars with a mix of walnuts or pecans or cashews, your choice.

Et voilà!

You just saved my life; supplied me with breakfast or dessert or a snack (or all three); kept it all contained in one crate (no need for me to find big bowls or platters); and I can dig in immediately (or later, after everyone’s left). This Fruit and Nut Crate never fails me, and I promise, it won’t fail you too.

Happiest of Thanksgivings to you!

Fruit and Nut Crate

Makes: 1

Prep Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 large crate or box
  • 1 large clean kitchen towel
  • 6-8 apples
  • 6-8 pears
  • 6-8 oranges
  • 1 bag of pistachios


  1. Lay a kitchen towel in the crate, letting the towel drape over the side of the crate.
  2. Pile all the fruit into the crate. Nest the nuts in there, too. Gift, as is.

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.