There are a lot of puzzling kitchen tools out there, unearthed from thrift stores, yard sales, or the junk drawer at home — but those aren't the only mysteries our readers helped solve this year. From unidentified herbs to wonderful (yet utterly mystifying) meals enjoyed in Iraq long ago, here are the year's most intriguing reader questions about mysteries in the kitchen.
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!