Last week, we showed you our most popular posts by the numbers - which is dandy, to be sure - but sometimes the stats don't tell the whole story.
2011 was a massive year for us; we won an EPPY award for Best Food Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over, traversed this wide, wild and wonderful country hosting Secret Suppers with some of the most passionate and intriguing people in food, the arts, politics and social justice. We also popped up on TV a whole bunch and pretty much spent every single day pursuing food stories that made us think, laugh, feel, scream, discuss, debate and, perhaps most importantly, get ourselves into the kitchen, where on occasion, we cooked squirrel.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Missing home cooking? Borrow a grandma
Serving up gratitude in troubled times
Stall confessions: Life lessons from my lunch box
Wines you should be drinking
The psychology of food aversions
David Kinch: Why culinary Japan matters – and even more so now
Pouring whiskey in the wound
A life in waiting
Stuffpuppies. Stuffpuppies! STUFFPUPPIES!
The best sandwich in the universe – at least for the month of August
New Orleans: The food that got them through
Five sustainable lessons from a family farm
The kid with the stinky lunch, Sundays are for Dim Sum, My first Thanksgiving with white people and Stall confessions: Life lessons from my lunch box
Why barbecue matters
How the modern day tomato came to be
Give squirrel a whirl
$30 a week - the food stamp challenge
Taking a ribbing – testing out McDonald's cult sandwich
Customers who are better off if I decide their orders: Douglas Quint of Big Gay Ice Cream
An open letter to my neighbors who are very bad at grilling
After Irene, a community bands together to feed its own
I also stopped drinking Diet Coke and got in a fight with a well-known television personality, ended up in the emergency room, lost my beloved uncle, talked with former governor Eliot Spitzer about his love of jam making and got super-Goth with Sanjay Gupta. I need a nap.