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Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
A log cabin in northwest Rhode Island
Food blogging at The Perfect Pantry® and Soup Chick® 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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Almost any fish or shellfish works well in this Indian-inspired salad with curry yogurt dressing. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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If ever someone could be called a spirit guide to the universe of knowledge, Maria Popova, creator of Brain Pickings, would be it. An MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow, she describes herself as "an interestingness hunter-gatherer and curious mind at large", and the ideas she shares on the site push... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lydia Likes It
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Brisket with a bit of a kick, made easy in the slow cooker. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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These days, I don't read poetry as often as I should. April is National Poetry Month, a reminder to us all to celebrate the art form and revisit our favorite poems from time to time. For a long time, Kenneth Patchen was top of my list of tortured pacifist poets.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lydia Likes It
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Nothing like a plate of cookies to help you through the final hours of getting your taxes done! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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True or False? Garam masala is another name for the Madras curry powder we buy in tins at the grocery store, and the two can be used interchangeably. __________ Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry. [Last week's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Ole! It's time to make tortilla soup, and there are lots of ways to do it. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Soup Chick®
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If I can take only one condiment with me to heaven, this creamy, super-spicy Sriracha aioli will be the one. It's a kind of mayonnaise, with fiery Sriracha sauce mixed in, and if you like heat, you'll love this. I've used it on roast turkey sandwiches, and as a dip... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lydia Likes It
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My mother would tell you I've been reading The New Yorker magazine since before I could read. In fact, I can't remember a time when I haven't had a subscription. I love that, in this electronic age, The New Yorker has given many of my favorite social commentators their own... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Beef and barley, together in soup: a classic combination, made in the pressure cooker or on the stove. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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By the same carver who created the spatula I brought back from Costa Rica, this flat cooking spoon highlights the remarkable grain of the local cocobolo tree. It takes an artist to find just the right piece of wood, and bring it to life in a new way. I found... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Combine orzo and shrimp with asparagus, bell peppers and some tangy feta cheese, for a picnic-friendly salad that's good at any time of year. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A painted staircase in Valparaiso, Chile. I love Street Art Utopia, a blog that highlights some of the best public art from around the world. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Hockey playoffs are just around the corner. Have you chosen your chili yet? Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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The heat is on, today on The Pantry Quiz. Come and play! Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Chicken stew is the ultimate comfort food, and every cuisine has got at least one chicken stew recipe. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Soup Chick®
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Even when there's not much green in my early April herb garden, Design Seeds makes me believe in Spring. I love this color palette. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Start your day with a serving of dark leafy greens and creamy avocado. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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My family has lived for years with the knowledge of my not-so-secret infatuation with the three Doris Day-Rock Hudson movies: Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers. In Pillow Talk (1959), my absolute favorite, Doris Day plays an interior decorator and single gal in New York City;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Don't judge a dish by its color! This vegetarian and gluten-free spaghetti squash dish will knock your socks off! Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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In my next kitchen, I want several of these Kitchen Power Grommets. So great if you don't have a lot of wall space. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Chicken curry: add everything to your slow cooker, and turn it on. What could be easier? Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Try your hand at miso soup. It's easier than you think. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Soup Chick®
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Do you know your pasta? Come and play The Pantry Quiz! Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you remember this salad? I've lightened the dressing, but nothing can replace the wedge of iceberg! Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®