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We get a lot of questions from readers asking for advice about what to serve at a party, how to use an unusual ingredient, or how to master a new cooking technique. And then there are the questions that make us stop and say, "Hmm...that is a really good question." Should you tell your host she is making a cooking mistake? What are some meals you can cook one-handed? Are there any non-alcoholic alternatives to bourbon? And what do you do if your friend asks you to pay cash for Thanksgiving dinner? These are just a few of the most interesting and surprising questions our readers asked — and answered — this year.

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2013 roundup!

From December 21 through January 3 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year. We'll also share guest posts, special holiday features, and a sparkling Winter Glam Cocktail Party, the final installment in our 2013 Gatherings from The Kitchn. Happy Holidays!