It's an extraordinary honor to be a part of The Kitchn team. Each and every day I learn something new from one of my fellow writers. I also feel especially fortunate to relinquish my far-from-perfect posts into the capable hands of Faith who knows just the right kind of tweak and polish they need.
I hope you enjoy my 2010 picks, dear readers, and that they encourage and inspire you to run into the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little dirty. May your days be merry and bright!
My Favorite Posts from The Kitchn
- Smoked Turkey & Dinner for 12 - Faith and Emma not only cooked a multi-course Thanksgiving dinner for 12, they also photographed it along the way. For those of you who don't blog, adding the task of taking good pictures of your food while cooking it is no small feat. These are very candid shots, taken on the fly and in available light and yet they are beautiful. I also love the fact that they collaborated on this project which in itself is a big undertaking! Moxie!
- Simple Pleasures: Cheese and Onion Sandwich Recipe - I love all of Emily's posts but this one in particular stands out for its honest simplicity and homeyness. This looks like the kind of thing I would make myself and indeed I have on several occasions.
- My Husband Cooks Me Dinner - This little video for Apartment Therapy's most recent Cure project is so adorable. I like the little mock-drama in the beginning where Maxwell frets about dinner and Sara Kate pretends to get impatient. But what I really appreciate here is how we see Maxwell make a lot of classic kitchen mistakes and yet he turns out a pretty decent meal in the end. I love his can-do spirit!
- One-of-a-Kind Triple Creme: Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk - Dear Nora: Thank you, thank you, thank you for introducing me to this cheese. My life will never be the same. xxoo, Dana
- How to Make Yogurt at Home - This is the kind of post that The Kitchn does best and Emma really excels at. Thorough, detailed and passionate, Emma's How To posts are always trustworthy and inspiring. This one about yogurt is my favorite because I love yogurt and I've been wanting to make my own for some time now. Thanks to Emma, this is top on my staycation to-do list.
My Favorite Posts from Around the Web
- Long Pond — July 4th - I sometimes wish I could just step into one of Peter Frank Edwards' photographs, pick up a knife and fork, and dig in. I love the rich complexity of his colors and his messy, un-staged compositions. This feels like real cooking (perhaps because it is) and not a photography shoot. I don't know him, but I suspect Mr. Edwards is someone who is deeply engaged with the question, "So what are we going to eat next?" (Bonus link: The Pie)
- Improvement at Apron Anxiety - I'm a big fan of Alyssa Shelasky's apronanxiety blog which is mostly about how she is learning to cook ('just trying to rock the apron') after having fallen in love with a chef. She has a wicked sense of humor and boundless curiosity, two essential traits for a good cook.
- Farmhouse Carrots - Sprouted Kitchen is a sweet combination of Sara Forte's recipes and her (brand new!) husband Hugh's photographs. Together they create exquisite posts, this simple carrot recipe being one of my favorites. The emphasis of the blog is on healthy, natural cooking that is fresh and inspiring.
- Spoon Oil - When you love something, you take good care of it. Stephanie, the
MaineOregon-located half of the duo behind 3191, shares her New Year's ritual of cleaning and oiling all her wooden kitchen utensils. This post inspired me to take up this practice, and I and my kitchen are all the better for it.
- Peaches and Creme Meringue Cake - Who would not pause before this cake, caught in wonder and delight? From the Australian magazine Gourmet Traveller, the recipe might need a little ingredient investigation if you're not familiar with terms like cornflour, caster sugar, or thickened cream. But this lovely, summery, peachy cake is totally worth it, so plunge in and have some fun!
(Images: See linked posts for full image credits.)