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eatboutique  Rhubarb Cordial

Eatboutique and her Rhubarb Cordial in our favorite type of jar

You read "boutique" and dream of tiny packages tied up with twine and potpourri in a drawstring sachets. Little jars. Pretty Paper. You know. Similarly quaint is eatboutique's approach to food -- this New Englander loves all things "hand-made, especially food" and prefers to eat small bites of things while home alone (no big bowl of cereal or a fried egg on pasta for this cook -- tidy tapas, nifty small plates, traditional charcuterie and hors d'oeuvres are on the menu.)

On an evening with guests, you might catch her tossing together a warm plate of Basil Broiled oysters (or a seasonal pizza for that matter), all washed down with house cocktails such as Cardinals, Pomegranate Packs-a-Punch or perhaps, Homemade Baileys, although she is the proud owner of 100 or so bottles of wine.

Like the shelves of a good old fashioned general store, we imagine eatboutique's larder to be lined with jars of Rhubarb Cordial, Goat Milk Bechamel and Pear Pineapple Ginger Jam. And, like any enviable shop proprietor, she has the impeccable style to go with it -- no wonder she's won our Thanksgiving Photo Challenge and weekly Feast Your Eyes contests. And, of course Jenny flocked to eatboutique's arsenal for an answer to what to do with the preserved figs she had just received (um hello, jealousy.)

Read the Q&A from eatboutique's profile and check out her extremely nifty website or follow her on twitter.

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Antipasta, tapas, little plates, little bites - tiny treasures that I prefer to pop with a glass of bubbles

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    I am so in love with my husband's grandmother's set of odd silver cutlery and serving spoons; They are freshly polished and make me smile each time I grab one

  • Your ideal meal:
    Champagne, cheese, figs & cured meats

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Someone please invite me over for a serious caviar tasting. I like caviar whenever I eat it, but know nothing about it...

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Person: I hate X food. Me: How did you have X prepared? Person: Oh, I've never had X but I know I won't like it. HUGE PET PEEVE.

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Right now, it's the Rose Bakery Cookbook. I lived in Paris last year and can't get enough of that bakery.