What You Loved in 2016 and Tell Us What You Will Love in 2017 {a Survey}


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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 // eatboutique.com

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.

Food Gift Making Dinner Party 1 //eatboutique.com

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 Market//eatboutique.com

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.

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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 Appetit Dinner Party //eatboutique.com

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.


Second photo taken by Julie Ciollo. Lilac Simple Syrup photo taken by Jamye Henderson. Video by Earl Studios for Eat Boutique. All other photos taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

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.