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Cookbooks: Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista

Food Gift Love - Food in Jars

With the holiday gifting season upon us, there is no better time than now to share a few pages from Maggie Battista‘s lovely new book, Food Gift Love. Maggie is the founder and owner of Eat Boutique, and this book has the same beauty and generosity of spirit for which her work has long been known.

Food Gift Love interior - Food in Jars

Maggie and I have been friends for a long time now. She opened up her home for a celebratory potluck when my first book came out, and has often fed me and put me up in her cozy guest room when my travels have taken me to the Boston area.

A cornerstone of our friendship is the time we’ve spent talking about making, writing, and being businesspeople (she’s better at it than I am). Even when this book was just a wee spark of an idea, I remember thinking that it was going to be a grand addition to my bookshelf. Little did I know just how gorgeous and useful it would be!

Food Gift Love flowchart - Food in Jars

Food Gift Love is far more than just a cookbook. It is the guide to gifting that so many of us have often needed. There is advice on how to stock your pantry for easy gift making. Suggestions abound for simple items that will allow you to present your gifts beautifully (as someone who has long hated to bother with fussy wrappings, I’ve found this guidance infinitely helpful, because it has helped me elevate my game while managing to avoid the fuss). And, Maggie offers plenty of help in choosing just the right food gift.

Food Gift Love vinegar sauce - Food in Jars

As a canner, I often fall into the trap of thinking that ever food gift I give needs to be a pickle or preserve of some kind. Even just a quick flip through this book helps rid me of that notion. Not everyone wants a jar of jam, but I am certain that I know half a dozen people who might like the Vinegar Sauce that’s pictured above, or the Jam-Swirled Marshmallows in the picture below (and what a brilliant way to show off your homemade spread in a new way!).

Food Gift Love marshmallows - Food in Jars

Other things you’ll find in this book include a handful of infused sea salts (orange-fennel! vanilla! saffron!), extracts and infused oils, chocolate-dipped spoons, pizza rolls (I’ve had these straight from Maggie’s oven – ridiculous!), a lovely selection of fruit preserves, limoncello, and rompopo (a Latin-style eggnog that is beloved in Maggie’s family).

Food Gift Love spine - Food in Jars

Just one more thing! If you’re in the Boston area, make sure to get yourself over the Eat Boutique Market. It’s popping up at 267 Western Ave, North Allston, MA (near the Harvard Business School), Wedneday through Sunday, with the last day being December 20. Having been to an earlier incarnation of Maggie’s holiday market, I can promise that it is well worth the trip!

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This Weekend: Eat Boutique Spring Pop Up Market at Fringe!

First sighting of the new book in the wild! It is a rare and unique joy.

Hey Boston! I’m coming to see you this weekend. I’ll be at the Eat Boutique Spring Pop Up Market at Fringe on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm to show off my small batch canning tricks, sign books (we’ll have copies of both Food in Jars and Preserving by the Pint), and answer canning questions.

What’s more, the nice folks at Cuppow are giving a free BNTO to everyone who buys a copy of one of my books (I’m also going to be showing some of the cool things you can do with a BNTO).

Here are all the details:
When: Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 12 noon to 5 pm.
Where: Fringe Union
9 Olive Square
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
How much: Totally free!

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Links: Beets, Wild Grapes, and a Winner

Rowe workshop jars

I spent the weekend at the Rowe Center in Western Massachusetts, teaching a delightful group of women how to make jams, jellies, fruit butters, chutneys, and pickles. At the end of our time, we had made nine different preserves and a batch of dehydrated apple slices. It was such a fun and relaxing weekend! Now, links!

eat boutique box

eat boutique preserves winner And now, time for the winner of the Eat Boutique Preserves Collection. First off, huge thanks again to Maggie and the whole Eat Boutique team for letting me put this box together. The winner of the box I’m giving away is number #245, Savannagal. If you didn’t win, I do so hope that you’ll consider sending this fun box of goodies to a friend or family member for the holidays this year (or that you treat yourself to one!).

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Giveaway: Eat Boutique Preserves Collection

eat boutique box

Many times over the years, I’ve been asked the question, “What is your favorite thing to preserve?” Typically I hedge a little, saying something about my allegiance to seasonality or simply that there are too many delicious things in the world to preserve. However, when absolutely pressed, I’ll finally admit that there are a few jams and spreads I love best of all.

Sour cherry jam, featuring big hunks of fruit suspended in a ruby syrup. Thick, sticky tomato jam for spreading on toasted cheese sandwiches or dolloping on roasted sweet potatoes. And a long-cooked onion spread, gently caramelized and tangy with vinegar or beer.

When Maggie Battista from Eat Boutique came to me and suggested that we team up on a box, I knew immediately that I wanted it to include some of my favorites. And so we constructed a box that includes We Love Jam Tart Cherry Jam, Blue Chair Fruit Early Girl Tomato Jam, Wozz Triple Ale Onion Spread, and a signed copy of my book. And at $58 for all those goodies, it’s something of a deal for the preserves lover in your life.

Thanks to Eat Boutique, I also have one of these Preserves Collection boxes to give away to a lucky Food in Jars reader. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite preserve. Be it jam, chutney, pickle, or spread, tell me about your very favorite thing to preserve.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using random.org) and will be posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Eat Boutique is a Food in Jars sponsor. Additionally, I receive a portion of the profits from the sale of this Preserve Collection box. However, I still had a delightful time helping pick out the preserves to put in the box and my opinions about these Eat Boutique are spoken from the heart and remain entirely my own. 

Boston This Week + Winners


Two big events this weekend! I’m heading to Boston on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning, I’ll be at Kitchenwares by Blackstones, signing books from 11 am to 1 pm. I’ll have a few jars of my preserves for people to sample, and the store will be having a giveaway at the event, so if you’re in the area, make sure to stop by.

On Sunday, I’ll be at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market. I’m signing with Joy the Baker in a special VIP session from 12 – 1 pm. Then, from 1 – 3 pm, Katie Workman and Aran Goyoaga will join us for more book signing. From 3 – 5 pm, you’ll find Beatrice Peltre, Liz Gutman and Jen King, Maria Speck, and Amy Traverso signing their books. It looks to be a very good day for cookbook lovers. Tickets to the market are just $7 and can be purchased here.

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The winner of the Thermopen giveaway is Melissa (#588). I have another gift guide and giveaway coming up tomorrow (I meant to get it up today, but I got walloped by the flu on Sunday afternoon, and I’ve spent most of today laying glassy-eyed on the couch). Stay tuned!

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Links: Savory Granola, Pickled Chard Stems, Quick Pickles + Winners


Last year’s Thanksgiving plate. Not too shabby.

Can you guys believe that it’s Thanksgiving week? I’m more than a little bit boggled myself. Thanks to a killer deadline that kept me up until 3 am last night, I’m running a day behind in my posting schedule. Couple that with the short week and I’m not sure if I’m coming or going.

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Time for winners! The New West KnifeWorks chef’s knife goes to commenter #53, Sarah Anne Burns. The Eat Boutique Breakfast Gift Box winner is #363, Amanda K. I’ll be in touch with both of you shortly for all the pertinent details.

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