Editor’s Choice: Dana’s Favorite Posts of 2009

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Merry, Happy and Joy, everyone! 2009 was a wonderful year in The Kitchn. I was so happy and inspired to be in the company of my fellow bloggers. Each week offered an opportunity to discover, explore and conjure up new tastes, handy tips and useful tools. Here are a few of my favorite posts.

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake from Faith. I sometimes dream about this cake. Seriously.

A Profile of Washed Rind Cheeses From our beloved cheesemonger Nora, a great post on my favorite kind of cheese: creamy, rich and stinky.

Whiskey Old-Fashioneds (With Really Good Fruit) Our other Nora offers a sophisticated twist to one of my favorite cocktails by adding blood oranges and homemade maraschino cherries.

Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk Recipe This one is also from Faith, but my favorite part of this post was the dialogue that followed. First, Faith updated the post a few days later with her review of a slightly different cooking method. A week later, Sara Kate offered her version, cooked in coconut milk. This fall, she added a few new twists including fresh ginger and potatoes. Finally, Emma chimed in with a closer look at the braising method and a few more flavor additions in her Anatomy of a Recipe. With each new take, our readers contributed their tweaks and revisions, too. So, do you think we might kinda like this recipe?

Tarragon-Strawberry Jam – I love strawberry jam and I love a little herb in my fruit desserts, so I’ve filed this recipe from Kathryn for next summer’s strawberry harvest.

How to Make Pasta: Tips From My Italian Mother-in-Law Newlywed Faith’s sweet and informative story of learning to make pasta from her new mother-in-law.

• Emily went to England this summer and I loved seeing the influence in her posts. In particular, I loved Victoria Sponge Cake and What’s the Difference? Clotted Cream, Devonshire Cream, Double Cream.

• Our Food Lover’s Guide series was so much fun to put together! We shared our favorite food-focused cities with you including Boston, Manhattan, Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Vancouver.

Acts of Kindness: Send Groceries Instead of Flowers From Joanna, a thoughtful guide to being truly helpful to a loved one in a time need.

Baking Soda and Baking Powder: Why Use Both? For years I’ve asked myself this question whenever I’ve run across both baking powder and soda in a recipe. Finally, Emma has answered it for me. I love all of Emma’s food-science, investigative posts.

• Finally, while I love writing my Weekend Meditation post (it’s always a bit of a surprise to see what I come up with!), my favorite post to write was My Edible Escape: A Baguette Sandwich in Bayonne. It was a pleasure to revisit that day and remember my first meal in France. And, as usual, I loved the comments from all of you. Thank you for all you have taught me this year!

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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.