I read The Kitchn religiously – not because I write for it but because there is so much to learn from my fellow contributors (and our readers)! Following is just a handful of the many, many Kitchn posts that inspired and enlightened me this year, plus a few others from around the web.
My Favorite Posts from The Kitchn
- Recipe: Cranberry Curd Bars with Walnut Shortbread Crust - I rarely use any recipe more than once (because I like to try new things) but I have already made Emma's luscious cranberry squares* three times in three weeks! I crave them all the time. (*substituting almonds for walnuts, to which I am mildly allergic)
- Ingredient Spotlight: Miner's Lettuce - Who knew that this plant I kept seeing while hiking was an edible salad green? Kathryn did, and I'm very happy she shared this bit of foraging wisdom.
- How Much Milk Makes One Pound of Cheese? - Nora's cheesemonger posts have been a great source of education over the years and after reading this one, I gained a much deeper appreciation for what goes into making cheese.
- Recipe: Real Irish Scones - I loved reading about Sara Kate's quest to find "real" Irish scones, her insights about butter, and the notion of "indefinite definitions." The recipe is pretty fantastic, too.
- Weekend Meditation: Apple Pie Blossoms - I look forward to reading Dana's Weekend Meditations every week. It's hard to pick a favorite, but this one was especially wonderful.
My Favorite Posts from Around the Web
- LA Weekly's coverage of the Hollywood Farmers' Market in jeopardy - Felicia Friesema and Lesley Balla have done a notable job covering this topic ... which, as of this writing, has yet to be resolved so I encourage everyone who cares about the HFM to stay informed and active. (Note: Slow Food LA is another great source of information.)
- In Secrecy, Farmworkers Share Their Stories - Civil Eats is on my short list of favorite sites and this was an important post from Twilight Greenaway, who spent some time with farmworkers in California.
- Lemonade, in a Hurry - I am endlessly inspired by Tara Austen Weaver and her blog Tea & Cookies. In this post, she offered up a simple but brilliant tip for lemonade.
- A colorful gratin dauphinois for Design Sponge - I could probably list every post ever from La Tartine Gourmande, but this one actually made me gasp, it was so lovely.
- The (Real) Important Food Stories of 2010 - As an urbanite who wants to better understand the issues of importance to farmers and rural communities, I appreciated this post from Bill Bishop and Richard Oswald at Daily Yonder.
(Images: See linked posts for full image credits.)