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

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It has been an interesting year for me. I was laid off from my day job in March, and instead of letting a little thing like unemployment slow me down, I threw myself into the kitchen, teaching myself new skills. I learned how to can, I spent more time foraging for mushrooms with my local mycological society, and I immersed myself into Japanese cuisine. Here are my favorite posts from The Kitchn from this year.

Pictured posts are in bold.

Oven Roasted Tomato Jam – this year I really immersed myself into home preservation and I really love savory jams, particularly condiments I can pair with cheese. This is a good one.

Sweet and Tangy Homemade BBQ Sauce – another thing I canned this year.

Fresh Limeade for Summer – so refreshing and yummy.

How To Make Your Own Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves) – I had a lot of fun learning this for myself, and I loved sharing the knowledge with others.

Redland Fruit & Spice Park, Miami – I had so much fun visiting this place and sampling exotic tropical fruits.

Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups – a lifesaver!!

Ramadan Food: When And What To Eat – I had so much fun researching for this post – I learned so many new things about Muslim food and Muslim culture, and I was inspired to attend my first iftar.

Fresh Fennel and Lemon Slaw – just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t eat a delicious, seasonal salad.

Seasonal Spotlight: Matsutake Mushroom – I had these mushrooms in Japan last year, but until i hunted for and learned to cook my own, I didn’t understand their significance as a seasonal delicacy in Japan. Now I have an intimate understanding of why this mushroom is so special.

Recipe: Fattoush, A Delicious Middle Eastern Salad – such an easy and delish salad.

My Mushroom Hunting Weekend – I got really into mushroom picking this year, and it’s changed my perception of the landscape. I no longer see trees or mountains; I see potential mushroom growing areas.

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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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