Nora Maynard's Favorite Posts of 2010

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Looking back on the hundreds (or is it thousands?) of food and drink related posts I've come across in 2010, I find the ones that stand out most for me are those that inspired me try something new, or to look at the familiar in a slightly different way. Here are 10 that did just that:

My Favorite Posts from The Kitchn

  1. 11 Gluten-Free Asian Noodles - Emily's eye-catching image of these noodles had me from first glance. Her post inspired me to broaden my horizons beyond soba, udon, and ramen. Next stop: shirakaki.

  2. The Canapé: A Classic Cocktail Party Nibble - Dana's post on this beautifully illustrated 1934 recipe book about little cocktail-hour nibbles inspired me to: 1) Track down a copy of my own via an online antiquarian bookseller; 2) Host a canapé party for three house guests visiting from Devon; 3) Test-drive an unusual recipe involving peanut butter, hot sauce, and anchovies - and savor every bite.

  3. Kitchen Tour: Kittie's Precision Micro Kitchen - A bright, airy, and fully functional kitchen in a 170-square-foot apartment? A true masterpiece of design. I'm extra-impressed that Kittie also manages to accommodate a bar in this carefully thought-out space.

  4. A Roundup of Wild and Foraged Foods - I've always gotten a vicarious thrill from Kathryn's foraging experiences.

  5. Kitchen Tour: Louis Armstrong's Cool Blue Haven - Visiting the home of the late Louis Armstrong and hearing stories from the House Museum staff - and meeting of Louis' former neighbors - was a highlight of my year.

My Favorite Posts from Around the Web

  1. Fortune Ice: Like a Fortune Cookie But With Ice - File this under FUN. Cocktails and spirits writer, Camper English, drops frozen messages into his drinks.

  2. The Era of Copyrighted Cocktails - A thought-provoking piece on recipes and copyright by Chantal Martineau for The Atlantic's food blog,

  3. Why I Don't Cook for My Parents - A lovely post from food writer Monica Bhide on NPR's "Kitchen Window." Her recipes look tasty too.

  4. Death of a Fulton Fish Market Fixture - Not a blog post per se, and only peripherally food-related, but this feature-length article by Dan Barry for the New York Times stopped me in my tracks, and is one of the most memorable things I've read this year. A hauntingly nuanced portrait.

  5. Mollie Katzen's 12/10/10 Tweet - All right, this one isn't a blog post either, but I recently joined Twitter and was captivated by this 140-character dispatch from one of my all-time favorite food writers, Mollie Katzen: "Ruddy hues in my December kitchen: ruby chard, red onions, acorn squash, pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries. Typing w beet-stained hands."

Thanks for reading. Wishing you the best for 2011! -Nora

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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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Nora Maynard is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her recent work has appeared in Salon, Drunken Boat, and The Millions. She recently completed her ninth marathon and her first novel, Burnt Hill Road. Nora wrote for The Kitchn from 2006 to 2011.

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