Persephone Magazine’s Top 10 Food Posts of 2011

We fucking love eating. If there were a real P-mag office, we’d have the best food of any office, ever. I’ve been scouring our archives looking for the very best of what we had to offer in 2011, and compiling this list of our best food posts has made me really hungry. 

These posts aren’t rated in order of any metric, other than what looked the tastiest to me personally. There were over 300 entries in the food category this year, so this was no easy decision.

10. Surreptitiously Vegan Apple Muffins | Ailanthus-altissima

I’ve never met a muffin I didn’t love, and this one looks to have all the qualities I love in a muffin, with none of the things that are bad for my pants.

9. Potato Leek Soup, For When You Need to Chop | Sally J. Freedman

Sally J. is one of those women that rarely loses her cool. She can let just about anything roll right off her back with a grin and go back to getting things done like a champ. I’ve always admired this about her, and always wondered if she was some kind of superhero mutant. Now I know her secret: she unleashes her pent-up frustrations on tasty vegetables.

8. Granny’s Guide to Food Crafting: The Easiest Pickles in the World | Jenny Rose Ryan

Pickles are one of the best things in the whole world. I’ve always wanted to try to make my own, but I’ve never found a recipe that wasn’t either completely over my head or for a pickle that was too sweet. This looks perfect, and it’s in my kitchen to-do file.

7. Sweet Potato “Fries” | Hattie McDoogal

Yes, please.

6. Better Than Restaurant Food: Potato Pancakes | Cherri Spryte

I am making these for dinner tonight with the last bit of Christmas dinner leftovers, and then snarfing them down like I’m an about-to-hibernate bear.

5. Morbid Curiosity Tomato Soup Cake | Jen R. L. Disarray

No lie, I look forward to Morbid Curiosity every single week. I love all of our regular columns, and most certainly all of our food posts, but I have a special place in my heart for Jen’s weekly offerings. Maybe it’s because I was a suburban kid in the ’70s, so I saw a lot of the stuff she posts about “in the wild,” but I am regularly tickled by Ms. Disarray and her retro foodstuff extravaganza. I f’ing love tomato soup cake, and I’d forgotten it existed until I read this. As a kid I typically thought tomato soup was of the devil, but I would eat two or three helpings of tomato soup cake.

4. Baking With the Dixie Chicks: “The Heartache’s On Me” Strawberry Muffins | Nanna Freeman

If you haven’t made these yet, I strongly encourage you to take them on. This is the best muffin I’ve ever eaten, and I know my muffins.

3. Mama BBC’s Amazing Zucchini Bread | BaseballChica03

This zucchini bread is perfect. If you want to take it from delicious to completely over the moon, slather a slice with butter on both sides and grill it.

2. Chocolate Pâté: Delicious and Dangerous | fifthpevensie

I haven’t made this yet, and I’m a little intimidated, but holy shitballs does it sound delicious.

1. Little Sausage-y Nuggets of Joy | Sara B.

My fellow pork eaters: These are the best bits of succulent spiced pig parts you will ever put in your mouth. I’ve made them at least six times since we ran the recipe the first time, experimenting with all sorts of cheeses and sausages, and I’ve never been disappointed. You may not find this on the menu of a fancy restaurant, or in the kitchen of your fancy foodie friend, but goddamn, they are delightful.


I seem to have stuck mostly with comfort food. Let it never be said that Selena doesn’t enjoy some carbs. Did I miss one of your favorites? Tell me about it in the comments!

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[E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

2 thoughts on “Persephone Magazine’s Top 10 Food Posts of 2011”

  1. Yayyyyyy! This made me very happy, in a day in which happiness was sorely needed.

    However, I need to give a major shout-out to Meghan Krogh’s Ginger Cookies because they are so good. I made them for work, one of my coworkers fell in love with them, and several months later, PAID ME FIFTY DOLLARS TO MAKE HER A DOUBLE BATCH OF THEM. So the Ginger Cookies are awesome, because they make you money. And they are delicious.

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