I think we can all agree that 2016 was a bit of a rollercoaster ride, with some mighty-fine highs and some truly terrible lows. The one saving grace was that we were all on the bumpy ride together. And as we say goodbye to the woes and wonder of this year, we wanted to take a moment to look back on some of your favorite moments with us.
Turns out that 2016 was all about dinner parties, pickling, cocktails (I mean, c’mon), markets, dumplings, gift wrapping, and rhubarb. We can’t really blame you, as these are some of our favorite things, too. Before we dive into the top 10 stories of 2016, we want to know what would you like to see in 2017. Answer a short survey here. We’d love to know what you think and you may just see your idea on our site soon.
And now onto the top stories of 2016, and a very Happy New Year, dear friends. Cheers!
Five Fast & Easy Ways to Gift Wrap a Jar: This quick breakdown on how to wrap one of the more perplexing food-gifting vessels is a must-read for any fan of preserving, pickling, or packing things in mason jars.
Pumpkin Scallion Dumplings, Being Kinder to Ourselves, and a Dumpling Stuffing Animation: Maggie shares a little insight into her world, as well as an addictive and easier-to-make-than-you-might-think dumpling. Plus, there’s a fun .gif, so win, win, win.
Pickled Brussels Sprouts: My love for pickled products knows no bounds, and brussels sprouts are one of my favorite things to have on hand when a snacking fit hits.
Rhubarb: A Love Story and 25 Baked Recipes You’ll Love, Too: Isn’t rhubarb just the coolest? Maggie thinks so, and it seems as though you agree with her. Just a few more months until we can make everything on this list.
50 Food Gifts to Wrap Up Your Holidays Now! Plus, How to Host a Food-Gift-Making Party: This handy-dandy guide on how to host a food-gift-making party is the perfect way to have fun while preparing items for a big event )holiday or otherwise).
How to Host a Pop-Up (or Any Event) in 10 Straight-Up Steps and Bonus Best Practices for Success: Maggie shares some of her well-earned experiences on hosting pop-ups with you, and, boy, did you listen. It is invaluable information, after all.
Pretty in Purple: Lilac Simple Syrup and a Toast-Worthy Lilac 75: More drinks in 2017, please, especially when they look, smell, and taste like this one.
America’s Test Kitchen’s New Cookbook and Pickled Ginger: This post is the perfect combination of a cool new cookbook and a super-useful recipe. A match made in heaven, in my opinion.
Bon Apetit, Mes Amis! A Printable Menu for a French Dinner Party: We love bringing people together over food, and this guide gives you everything you need to throw a French-themed soiree for your favorite people.
The Eat Boutique Holiday Market Video Just Released: Sigh. How we loved our Holiday Market last year, and it looks like so did you. We promise we are doing our best to bring you something even better in 2017. Stay tuned.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.