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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
A log cabin in northwest Rhode Island
Since 2006, food blogging at The Perfect Pantry® from my log house kitchen. Publishing e-cookbooks from The Perfect Pantry® kitchen.
Interests: travel, cooking, reading, photography, art (seeing and making), trying to get tomatoes to grow in my herb garden.
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Set your crockpot to cook this sweet-and-sour red cabbage dish for the whole day, while you're at work, and come home to a wonderful all-purpose side dish that's just as good on hot dogs as it is on the holiday menu. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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The casual style of poufs -- also called ottomans, hassocks, or footstools -- livens up any decor, and I plan to mix and match several in the small living room space in our new Boston digs. The perfect pouf is firm enough to serve as extra seating, but not so... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lydia Likes It
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Toast some pecans and you're finished with the cooking! This vegan salad features raw Brussels sprouts and heart-healthy dried blueberries. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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It's hard to imagine winter holidays without the soothing aroma of cinnamon in the house. Whether you're baking with it, or spiking your beverages with it, you absolutely should include cinnamon on the menu. Do you like it, or not? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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There's nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of split pea soup on a cold day. Make it fast and easy in the pressure cooker! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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It's the time of year when everyone bakes cookies. For some new ideas, check out these favorite recipes from food bloggers. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Some tools become instant kitchen classics, like these rasp-shaped graters from Microplane. How did we ever grate or shred or zest without them? Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Take the best parts of a traditional English pub lunch, and pile them on toasted crusty bread for a satisfying lunch or party appetizer. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make this classic of all classics, risotto alla Milanese, on the stove or in the pressure cooker. It uses just a handful of ingredients: rice, cheese, broth. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Everyone has an opinion about chocolate. What's yours? Do you like, or dislike? Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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If you've had enough of family-friendly (i.e., non-spicy) Thanksgiving dishes, toss your leftovers with chili paste and soy sauce from your pantry, and create a new, fiery stir-fry. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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As I sit at my kitchen table this morning, I see this view, and this color palette of foggy hues, out my window. Design Seeds captures the mood and the moment. See why it's my favorite web site? Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Toss leftover shredded turkey into this Tex-Mex soup with corn, beans, and chopped green chiles. It's a great make-ahead-and-freeze soup that comes together in minutes. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Is cranberry sauce a required part of your Thanksgiving menu? Come and play Like or Dislike, and share your thoughts about cranberry sauce. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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With just a cup of leftover mashed potatoes, you can make a brand new broccoli and cheddar quiche. A perfect way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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For the holiday table, yet easy enough for everyday, these Brussels sprouts sautéed in a pan dressing of maple syrup and grainy Dijon mustard are an easy wow. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Demolition turns me on. When it comes to old house renovations, the start of a new project always begins with uncovering the past. Here is my kitchen on the first day of demolition. When I look at it, I see all of the possibility of the new design, the excitement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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How do you feel about sweet potatoes? Are they a must-have on the holiday table? Let us know how you really feel, on Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Three easy ways to save and sort recipes you find online, with a free web site, free app, or more powerful (but not free) app. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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When vegetarians come for Thanksgiving, serve them a rich, creamy, meatless gravy with lots of mushroom goodness. Easy on the cook, too, because you can make it a few days ahead. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes. Here are 40 fabulous recipes for vegetables, gravy, stuffing and biscuits, to add to your holiday menu. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Are you a first-thing-in-the-morning coffee person? Come and share your feelings about coffee in this week's Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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One thing I love about the city: juxtaposition. In our neighborhood in Boston's South End, these two shops prove the point. On the left, the new: Formaggio, an extremely upscale cheese and gourmet food shop. On the right, the old: The Syrian Grocery, a family-run business that, for more than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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This vegan and gluten-free butternut squash gets sweetness from apples, and just a bit of heat from Thai red curry paste. Make ahead and freeze for soup swaps. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Serve this family-friendly Spanish rice as a side dish with chicken, beef, or fish. It's a great way to get kids to eat their colors! Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®