'the year that was 2011' on Serious Eats

Best Moments at Serious Eats World Headquarters from 2011

This collection of priceless moments just about sums up our year. Most of the photos fall under one of the following categories: cute dogs, cute babies, ridiculous quantities of a single item for a taste test (i.e. peanut butter, milk, and egg custards), Ed looking very pleased or displeased with a certain food, and many more snapshots of the SE family. Relive the memories with us! More

Pizza Trends of 2011

As we edge closer to 2012, taking stock of the past year and the trends that were help to orient us in the ever-evolving pizza landscape. If there is one thing that I learned in 2011 it is to look to the home kitchens of Slice'rs for what's really taking hold. It isn't always some innovative new way to rework the cheese, sauce, and dough combo, but rather giving new life to tried and true styles and varieties, and in doing so, introducing folks coming from many different pizza backgrounds to pizzas that are totally new to them. Here are some of the trends we've noticed in the past year, and a look at possible trends to come. More

My Pie Monday: The Wackiest Pies of 2011

This week's My Pie Monday is a special edition featuring some of the craziest pies that your fellow Slice'rs created in 2011. The pies that arrive in the Slice mailbox each week are a source of constant inspiration. There's a lot of personality that comes through in the various styles and toppings. Here we have some of the wackiest ones to pass through the galleries this year! We'll be back to our regular MPM schedule as of next week. Look for any pies submitted between the 16th and 29th of December to appear in a deluxe New Year's post then.... More

The Best Beer and Cider We Drank in 2011

We have a big beer-drinking team here at Serious Eats: Drinks—not just myself and the other editors at SE World Headquarters, but also Serious Beer writers Jonathan Moxey and Nick Leiby, Homebrewing experts Joe Postma and Peter Reed, plus our beer history maven Lisa Grimm and events photographer and cider writer Chris Lehault. I polled them all to find out their top sips of 2011, from special limited festival pours to pitch-perfect standby bottles. Here are the best beers and ciders we drank in 2011. More

Our 15 Most Popular Recipes of 2011

We publish multiple recipes each and every day of the year. But these are the 15 you loved most in 2011 (and we love them an awful lot, too). From homemade Kit Kat bars to ketchup and the easiest crème fraîche you'll ever make, we hope you'll enjoy these recipes on our greatest hits list again and again. More

8 Pizzas That Haunt My Dreams, 2011

This is an annual thing with me now (see 8PTHMD 2009 and 8PTHMD 2010). I ate a lot of pizza over the course of the year, but these eight pies, mostly from around the NYC area, are the ones that haunt my dreams even as we close in on 2012. Like years past, I'm not declaring these "the best," per se, just eight pizzas that stand out in my memory and that I want more of. Are they in any kind of order? Not this year, so don't read anything into it. Just peep the slideshow and salivate. More

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