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

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Here’s a mix of things I’ve tried (many times) and loved, things that are on my to-try list, and a couple of things I might never try—but are inspiring just the same.

Pictured posts are in bold.

How to Save Money by Shopping at Whole Foods. I’m not a paid spokesperson, I promise, but I am a big fan of Whole Foods. And I do believe they have so many 365-brand items that are less expensive than the other New York City chains. Plus, much of it is organic and still cheap.

Malted Cocoa from Alton Brown. I’ll admit, I mostly love this post for the gorgeous photo. I haven’t even made this cocoa yet (although today might be the day), but it haunts me. Also, I didn’t realize the big difference between cocoa and hot chocolate, which Faith explains here.

Loving Right Now: Liberté Yogurt. A new find for me. I can’t buy any other yogurt as long as there is Liberté on the shelf.

Kitchen Gallery: Green Like Spring Peas. This year, we brought you more kitchen galleries and tours. This was one of my favorites. I don’t have a green kitchen and probably won’t ever have one, but I can’t stop staring at the dreamy color in photographer Sharon Montrose’s home.

10 Ways to Use a Can of Tuna. I gave my own ideas, but your suggestions in the comments are what make this post so helpful.

How to Cook and Shred a Pork Shoulder. I got pregnant in the spring, and cooking (especially meat) became unappetizing for several months. This recipe reminds me of one of my favorite dishes that I haven’t made in a long, long time. And it’s a very versatile template. I turned it into Rigatoni with Shredded Pork in Mustard Cream Sauce and Eggs with Pork Debris.

How to Make Cake Pops. The fad may be fading, but I so appreciated Faith’s ability to jump on the bandwagon and yet make the recipe more authentic and homemade.

Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out. This is one of the easiest dishes out there—hardly any prep or hands-on time—and incredibly delicious. Sara Kate’s Chicken in Coconut Milk is also excellent.

Four Ways to Reuse Your Butter Wrappers. I was already using butter wrappers to grease pans, but Sarah Rae’s idea to use them to separate burger patties was genius.

The Starbucks Knock-Offs. It started with the DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte, but Kathryn didn’t stop there. She gave us Gingerbread, Eggnog, and Peppermint, too. They all look luscious- so impressive.

Restaurant Reproduction: Best-Ever Veggie Burgers from Northstar Cafe. I’ve heard of this Columbus, Ohio, restaurant from Emma and Faith, and I’m a sucker for recreating favorite restaurant dishes. I haven’t made this yet, but it’s on my list. Love how it includes beets.

Fig Salami! I have to be honest, I probably won’t make this, given my deep, deep love of regular salami. But the premise is so interesting, and I enjoyed watching Joanna, a vegetarian, tackle the project. The results look quite satisfying.

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