On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique shares more than 100 recipes to make, wrap, and share, in her book Food Gift Love. Launched as a blog in 2007, Eat Boutique has curated edible gift boxes comprised of small batch artisan goods from her homebase of New England and beyond, like Lark Fine Foods cookies in Essex MA, Didi Davis’s Rose Sugar from Salt Traders in Ipswich MA, Big Picture Farm goat milk caramels from VT, Preserved Lemon Syrup from Brooklyn’s Morris Kitchen, Quin Candy, and Sqirl jams. Maggie now gives you the ability to be the maker, with lessons on how to send homemade pantry items like, arugula & pistachio pesto, grainy mustard dressing, homemade butter, infused salts and sugars, lemon oil, rhubarb vinegar … and for the sweeter side,graham cracker toffee, salty dark caramel sauce, jam-swirled marshmallows, candied blood orange rinds … and of course, rompopo, a latin eggnog adapted from a vintage cookbook published by the wives of the lawyers of Tegucigalpa Honduras.

“Have you been to a pot luck? Did you bring a dish? There you go, you’re a food gifter!” [18:00]

“I started collecting the food section of The New York Times and twine from the butcher, extra paper, extra tape, and I started wrapping gifts with those simple items.” [21:30]

–Maggie Battista on THE FOOD SEEN