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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
A small city kitchen in Boston's South End
Since 2006, food blogging at The Perfect Pantry®, for the first 9 years from my log house kitchen, and now from my city apartment. 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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Turn breakfast into a fiesta with these smashed avocado, egg and spinach quesadillas. Shake in a little bit of hot sauce, or a lot! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Rubber spatulas are good for so many tasks in the kitchen; they're easy to wash and heat resistant, too. How do you feel about rubber spatulas? Do you have one, or more than one? Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Don't wait for Mardi Gras to enjoy a pot of red beans and rice. Add shrimp, or leave it out for a vegetarian main dish. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Lighten up your favorite chicken and black bean enchiladas with whole wheat low-carb tortillas, low-fat cheese, and Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. No one will miss the calories and carbs in this family-friendly recipe. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Even though cashews aren't really nuts, we love them more than any other nuts. How do you feel about cashews, like or dislike? Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Authentic Chinese condiments make the sauce for this easy stir-fry recipe of beef, bok choy and sweet bell peppers. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Here's an easy salad that takes inspiration from Greece, Italy, France, the MidEast, and North Africa: a trip around the Mediterranean without leaving your kitchen! Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Can you imagine cooking without cumin? So many world cuisines depend on it. Do you keep cumin in your pantry? Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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There's nothing traditional about this red enchilada sauce, and you'll love it on burritos, meatloaf, pasta and -- yes -- on any variety of enchilada you can dream up! Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make this lemon, artichoke and shrimp risotto in the pressure cooker or on the stovetop. It's easy, with a can of artichoke hearts from the pantry. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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If you're a "power baker", you probably have a collection of silicone mats for your baking sheets, but the mats are great for all sorts of roasting in the oven, too. This week's Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Don't let the cold weather stop you! Use a panini press, stovetop grill pan or your broiler to make this easy grilled curry chicken. You'll love the leftovers in chicken salad. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make this hearty chicken barley soup in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop. It freezes well, so you can have some on hand for quick lunches after a day of snow shoveling. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Switching to cloth napkins for everyday will help you reduce paper waste. Have you made the change in your house? Do you like, or dislike, using cloth napkins? Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Lentils are a budget-conscious cook's best friend. Inexpensive and nutritious, they're easy to cook with no pre-soaking required. And, lentils make the best soup. Do you like lentils, or dislike? Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Roasting brings out the sweetness in spaghetti squash. Top each "boat" with clams, vegetables and olives, and good parmesan cheese, for a one-dish meal. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Use your favorite green salsa, hot or mild, in this salsa verde turkey rice bowl. Top it with your favorite cheese, an avocado, or even some sour cream. It's a one-bowl meal! Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Are you passionate about ice cream? Do you eat it year round, like we do here in New England? Come and share your thoughts about ice cream, on Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make this French-style beef stew ahead of time; like most stews, it's great on the day you make it, but it tastes even better the second day. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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For a main-course salad packed with flavor, texture, and color, try this Brussels sprouts salad with bacon, greens, and roasted shrimp. The buttermilk dressing pulls it all together. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Are you one of those people who simply cannot cook without garlic? Share your thoughts about the "stinking rose". Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Use a Dutch oven or a tagine pot to make this Moroccan beef stew with apricots, onions, cinnamon and lots of "warm" spices. Combining meat and fruit is a specialty of North African countries. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Curry powder gives this Thai pineapple fried rice its gorgeous color; raisins and cashews add texture. This version is vegetarian. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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How do you record your kitchen experiments, ideas, recipes? Do you use an app or an old-fashioned notebook? Come and play Like or Dislike, and share your thoughts on recipe notebooks. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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With a jar of peanut butter in your pantry, you can whip up savory sauces and stir-fry dishes, or cookies, brownies, or peanut butter pie. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®