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11. How to save money on groceries

The rising cost of food sent us into a thrifty tizzy this year, and food writer Erica Marcus stepped up with some great tips for eating well on less.

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Our 11 most popular food stories of 2011

How do we love food? Let us count the ways! You helped make these 11 mouth-watering stories the top food news on Newsday.com in 2011. Now you can savor them all over again.

11. How to save money on groceries The
(Credit: Ken Spencer, 2006 )

11. How to save money on groceries

The rising cost of food sent us into a thrifty tizzy this year, and food writer Erica Marcus stepped up with some great tips for eating well on less.

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10. Great cookbook gifts In order to eat
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10. Great cookbook gifts

In order to eat well, one should be able to cook well, so we offered up our 11 favorite cookbooks of 2011 to help you get started.

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9. Professional cooking tips from local chefs Professional
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9. Professional cooking tips from local chefs

Professional chefs have some distinct advantages over the home cook -- an army of sous chefs and dishwashers, for example, not to mention powerful ovens and access to the best ingredients. But more critical than any of these is culinary know-how. To help you get a leg up in the kitchen this year, we asked 10 Long Island chefs for their top cooking tips.

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8. Fruit pies that take the cake A
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8. Fruit pies that take the cake

A great fruit pie needs only two things: great fruit and great pastry. Fruit should, optimally, be fresh, but summer fruits such as berries and peaches freeze well; plenty of Long Island farms freeze local fruit, using it to excellent effect in the fall. Once you've got the fruit, you've got to let it shine. We ate our way across Long Island and found some standout pies.

Find LI's best pies | Photos: Great pies of LI

6. Easter recipes From ham and lamb, to
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6. Easter recipes

From ham and lamb, to traditional Greek and Italian dishes and Easter desserts, you'll find everything here for a memorable Easter feast.

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5. Thanksgiving recipes Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner can
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5. Thanksgiving recipes

Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner can be easy as pie. Our guide contains recipes for every main course, side dish and dessert you could possibly be thankful for, plus valuable cooking guidelines and help for timing your holiday feast.

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4. Gifts of food from Long Island Stumped
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4. Gifts of food from Long Island

Stumped for a gift idea? Our gift guide of specialty foods made on Long Island was a hit with readers over the holidays, but you can give these delectable treats to loved ones all year round. You can even buy them for yourself -- we won't tell.

Food gifts from Long Island

3. Great 4th of July recipes Readers loved
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3. Great 4th of July recipes

Readers loved our 4th of July recipe guide, but these grilling and picnic dishes will stand up all summer long.

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2. Food porn! Get your mind out of
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2. Food porn!

Get your mind out of the gutter -- these photos are porn for your appetite! Sink your teeth into our most drool-worthy food photos from restaurants around Long Island.

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1. Good buys for foodies From kitchen gadgets
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1. Good buys for foodies

From kitchen gadgets and cooking tools to cookbooks and specialty foods, Newsday food writer Erica Marcus recommends the best of what's new for foodies.

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