How Can I....? The Top 30 Reader Questions From 2009

Best of 2009

You guys ask the best questions! You ask us whether to buy a tilt-head or bowl-lift KitchenAid stand mixer. You ask why you should avoid high-fructose corn syrup. You ask for advice on making foolproof oatmeal, or quick breakfasts. You wonder how to keep food from sticking to a skillet while cooking, or how to to make fakeout food for April Fool's, or how to cook beans. Here's a look back at 30 popular reader questions from this past year.

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Looking For: Easy and Portable Breakfast Recipes
Where Can I Find Yoga Pose Cookie Cutters?
A Foolproof Recipe for Oatmeal?
How Can I Make Healthier Instant Ramen?
Fast, Cheap and Healthy Breakfast Ideas?

What Is the Best Way To Store Olive Oil?
Is Mexican Vanilla Safe to Use?
An Impressive Dish with Fresh Eggs?
Should I Buy a Tilt-Head or Bowl-Lift KitchenAid Mixer?

Why Should High Fructose Corn Syrup Be Avoided?

What To Do With Frozen Eggs?
Great Fakeout Food Ideas?
How Do I Keep Food From Sticking To My All-Clad Skillet?
How Can I Make Nutella At Home?
Is It OK for Older Pans to Have a Patina?

Can Knives Be Stored Upside-Down In the Knife Block?
Make-Ahead Sweet Breakfast Casserole?
What Is This Mysterious Bird Cup?
Can a Julia Child-Style Peg Board Work In My Kitchen?
Which Vegetables Are OK to Buy Frozen?

Help! How Do I Properly Cook a Pot of Beans?
Fizzy Waters - What's the Difference?
A Neat Way to Store Garlic and Onions?
What's the Best Pot Roast Recipe?
What Is This Stringed Gadget?

What Should I Cook for a Smaller Thanksgiving Dinner?
Help! Did I Ruin My Copper Pots?
How Do I Learn To Use My Crock-Pot?
What Are Essential Pantry Items for the Freezer?
Do You Have a Great Recipe for Spiked Hot Apple Cider?

What Make-Ahead Appetizers Will Travel Well?
Looking for a Space-Saving Dish Drainer
How Can I Preserve All These Onions?
What Should I Serve With Tacos?
Help Me Find a Flour Container

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Welcome to The Kitchn's end-of-year roundup! We are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the last year, including lots of recipes. We are also shaking out our reader mailbag, and giving you a few more great guest posts from our friends.

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