Follow Marc on a Food Blog Tour

Over the past few years, the world of food bloggers has blossomed into a thriving global community of foodies spreading their passion through stories, photos and recipes. Whether through good writing, drool-worthy photography, or a rockin’ good recipe, not a week goes by when I’m not blown away by someone’s post.

I really don’t like awards and “best of” lists because when it comes to food is there really a “best” of anything? But every now and then, there comes a post that sticks out, and the guy who doesn’t use recipes makes an exception to his rule. Here are 5 of my favorite food blog posts from this year (in no particular order).

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Jenna Weber Shares Family Christmas Traditions

I was always the kid who found my Christmas presents.

Every single year, I would make it a personal mission to find, shake and tear little holes in the holiday paper that my mother so lovingly covered all of my brother’s and my gifts with. On Christmas Eve, when we opened all of our gifts, I would fake surprise as I opened American Girl accessories and a shiny new pair of rollerblades. Patience has never been my most admirable trait.

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Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday with Ozoni

Ozoni

Marc shares his family's recipe for Ozoni below

The harvest is over, winter has set in, and we’re reaching the end of the calendar year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it’s a time when decorations go up, children receive gifts, and families gather together to share a meal.

Japan’s equivalent is called Oshogatsu, and it’s celebrated on the first day of the New Year. While Western influences have turned Christmas into a pseudo-holiday in Japan, Oshogatsu is still the holiday when families head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house.

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Discover the Origin of Pepparkakor Cookies

Pepparkakor Cookies

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These thin gingery cookies are a family tradition in my house. They are delightfully old fashioned and Swedish, and have a very distinct taste from the addition of maple syrup (or, in some recipes dark corn syrup).

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Get Ready to Bring On the Holiday Eggnog!

Egg Nog

Once a staple at holiday parties, eggnog is one of those foods that have gone the way of the fruitcake. It’s unfortunate that it’s become relegated to retirement home holiday mixers, because when done right, eggnog is delicious!

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Bake Butterscotch Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Butterscotch Cookies

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Oh my goodness, are these butterscotch cookies ever so good. If you’re anything like me, you love extra thick and soft cookies—no gingersnaps will ever be found at my house! No sir. I like cookies that remind me of my other favorite dessert—cake. In terms of cookies go, the fluffier the better.

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Is Civet Coffee Made From “Cat Poo”?

Civet Coffee

Marc shares a coffee discovery from his trip to Indonesia

If you’ve ever had a cup of Java, you know that Indonesia is famous for its coffee. A colloquialism that developed from its eponymous island in Indonesia, Java isn’t the only island in Indonesia where coffee is produced. In fact, the thousands of islands that form Indonesia make it the fourth largest producer of coffee in the world.

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Change Up Your Breakfast Routine with Porridge

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How about you take a break from oatmeal for awhile?

The combination of having a ton of wild rice left over from Thanksgiving and being obsessed with my Crock Pot led me to the creation of this hearty breakfast porridge.

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