Editor’s Choice: Elizabeth’s Favorite Posts of 2009
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.
• 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.
• 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.* * *