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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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An all-purpose side dish (or make it a main course by adding some chickpeas, feta, chicken or shrimp), this orzo with slow-roasted or sun-dried tomatoes, lemon and parsley cooks in a skillet on the stovetop. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Of all of the Simon and Garfunkel herbs, rosemary is my least favorite. And yet, some folks are passionate about it. Do you cook or bake with rosemary? Share your thoughts on Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Risotto made with brown rice takes a bit longer to cook, so get your pressure cooker on for this recipe. Asparagus, mushrooms and toasted almonds bring out the flavor of the creamy rice. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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An explosion of flavor in every bite: spicy broccoli slaw salad with peanut-mango-Sriracha dressing can be an exciting side dish or a hearty main course salad. Storebought broccoli slaw makes it quick and easy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you find measuring when you cook comforting or confining? Share your thoughts about measuring spoons on this week's Like or Dislike? Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A Boston food truck invented this amazing grilled cheese sandwich filled with bacon, guacamole, and muenster cheese. It's a total meal on a plate! Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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An unusual beef, vegetable and apricot stew that combines warm spices with lemon and cilantro for a bright, exotic flavor profile. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Are you one of those people who love cilantro, or (like me) one who can't tolerate the taste of it? Come and play Like or Dislike, and share your thoughts about this popular herb. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Not your mother's egg salad, but an easy one made with leftover hard-boiled eggs. Add avocado for creaminess, jalapeño pepper for kick, and lime to make the other flavors pop. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Oven-baked matzoh brei will liberate your from messy stove-top cooking, and you'll be making this baked egg and matzoh dish all year long. Caramelized onions add sweetness, or omit them for a more traditional egg breakfast. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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I love these Doodle By Stitch Tablecloths that turn every meal into a work of art. Each tablecloth comes with special markers, and after your crowd doodles its way through the meal, simply toss the cloth in the washing machine, and it comes out clean and ready for new art... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Lydia Likes It
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Do you prefer some foods raw, or cooked? Are carrots on your list of foods you love? Come and add your thoughts about carrots on this week's Like or Dislike (and find out how I feel about them). Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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For a totally unexpected brownie, try browning the butter, and add saffron, cinnamon, cumin and more spices, plus some bittersweet chocolate. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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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 Mar 28, 2015 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 Mar 27, 2015 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 Mar 24, 2015 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®