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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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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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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®
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The difference between fresh-cooked and canned chickpeas is like night and day. Try this recipe using chickpeas made in the pressure cooker: fast, easy, fresh, with a robust flavoring from gremolata and olives. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Ever since I was a child, I've loved raisins, and use them in sweet and savory cooking. How do you feel about raisins? Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Get your slow cooker on for this rich brisket and black bean chili with the flavors of Mexican mole. Perfect with a hit of fresh lime and a topping of guacamole. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Nothing beats a great grilled cheese sandwich, whether you cook it on a panini press or in a frying pan on top of the stove. In this sandwich, honey mustard sauce brings mild turkey, brie cheese, spicy arugula and roasted red pepper together. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you have many different salts in your pantry? I love kosher salt for cooking and baking, but for finishing dishes with panache, I reach for coarse sea salt. Do you like, or dislike? Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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When you have a burger craving, try these lighter, healthier tuna burgers slathered with a bit of spicy Sriracha mayonnaise. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Combine the best of several classic chicken stew recipes, and this slow cooker chicken stew with lots of sweet, mellow garlic is the happy result. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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You don't have to be vegetarian to love tofu. Use it in sauces, stir-fries, salads, or cook it on the grill. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Serve lots of brightly colored vegetables in a spaghetti squash boat, and kids will love it! A great vegan and gluten-free main dish. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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My favorite recipes of 2014 include inspirations from around the world. And, for the first time, a pressure cooker recipe makes the list! Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A new year means a new, lighter, lower-carb eating plan, and that just might include spaghetti squash in place of pasta. Do you like it, or dislike? Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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