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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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Mix up a compound butter with miso, ginger and Sriracha, and stash it in the refrigerator to melt on roasted asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or grilled fish. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Perfect Pantry®
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People have strong feelings about mayonnaise. Is it an essential ingredient in your pantry, or can you live without it? Share your thoughts on Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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All you need are a couple of mushy bananas to make these sugar crusty banana muffins. Vanilla and cinnamon add a taste of the tropics. Great for breakfast or a brunch buffet. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Both sesame seeds and sesame oil add a distinctive, nutty flavor to stir-fry dishes, breads, and sauces. Both are a part of my pantry. Do you like or dislike sesame? Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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This easy rice-and-noodle side dish goes so well with anything you're cooking on the grill. Top it with cinnamon for authentic Middle Eastern flavor. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Every year when asparagus season rolls around, it's great to revisit favorite recipes and to find new favorites to add to your repertoire. Here are my old and new recipes for the season. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you like or dislike flowers on the dining table? Color, aroma, size: what works for you, and what doesn't? Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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This creamy tomato soup, so quick and easy to make from scratch, will bring back memories of the very best lunches when you were young. Serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich, of course! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A few out-of-the-ordinary spices add the wow factor to this Spanish chicken with green olives. Serve over rice, or pack for a picnic. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you have a favorite wooden spoon? Do you collect spoons when you travel? How many is too many? Share your thoughts about wooden spoons on Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Give beef brisket a sweet-and-sour tang with a gravy made from pomegranate molasses and mint. So unusual, and easy to cook in the crockpot. Leftovers make great sandwiches, too. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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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 Apr 25, 2015 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 Apr 24, 2015 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 Apr 21, 2015 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®