Best Recipes of 2009

My favorite recipes from 2009, just 12 of the best recipes of the year, recipes that especially express 'fresh' and 'easy' and 'memorable' and 'flavor-forward' and 'seasonal,' all hallmarks of Kitchen Parade recipes.

Ditto. Ditto. It happens every year, Thanksgiving tumbling into Advent, Christmas careening toward New Year's. The lists are long and never once completed. This year, it was especially easy to welcome off-list activities: a 2080-mile trek to visit my mother's Canadian family to sample Christmas cookies; a 'bring-a-salad-ingredient' party; a surprise breakfast just hours Christmas house guests arrived; a feast cooked by a husband-wife-daughter team who make Iron Chef look like Amateur Night; a lesson in shortbread from my sister. Though good food figured in all these good times, food was hardly their point.

So while selecting 2009's best recipes, I ignored the temptation to share another story, some words about the people who share my table, who inspire my best. 'My' stories are hardly the point, not now. What matters, now, is the occasions that readers -- that's you -- build around your own collection of recipes, suppers at home, potlucks at church, parties with friends. When you choose a Kitchen Parade recipe, I'll be honored, even knowing as I do, that the food is hardly the point.

Thank you for reading, for encouragement, for making this work feel worthwhile.

Happy New Year's to all!

My Favorite Recipes from 2009

(hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe)
Winter Stew February - My Mom's Pancakes March - Spinach Soup with Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs
April - Walnut Chocolate Cake May - Easy-Easy Grilled Mushroom Appetizer June - My Perfect Sangria
July - Easy-Easy Marinated Flank Steak August - Shrimp with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta September - Homemade Apple Butter
October - Lamb with Lemon & Oregano November - Light 'n' Fluffy Homemade Whole-Grain Bread December - Finnish Meatballs

More 'Best of the Year' Favorite Recipes from Kitchen Parade




Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. In 2009, Kitchen Parade celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special collection of my mother's recipes. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send a quick e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. Become a Kitchen Parade fan on Facebook!

About the Photo Collage

In 2009, I worked to improve Kitchen Parade's food photography. These are some of my favorite photos this year. Clockwise from the upper left, the recipes are Roasted Pear Salad, Bodacious Brussels Sprouts, Winter Tomato Soup, Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp, Broccoli Rigatoni with Chickpeas & Lemon, Poblano Steaks, Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple, Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies, Finnish Meatballs, Armenian Easter Bread, Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade, Homemade Finnish Mustard and in the center, the oh-so-grand but easy-to-make Banana Nut Cake with Caramel Frosting.

Best Food Photographs 2009


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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. But I also love hearing your reactions, your curiosity, even your concerns! When you've made a recipe, I especially love to know how it turned out, what variations you made, what you'll do differently the next time. ~ Alanna