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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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Most Facebook memes I totally ignore, but when my friends Kalyn and Kelly challenged me to list 10 memorable books, ones that have stuck with me or made an impression on me, I couldn't resist. And, of course, I couldn't choose just 10, but ended up with a dozen. Here's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lydia Likes It
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Can a great salad dressing make you fall in love with a vegetable that's not your favorite? This roasted lemon dressing did exactly that! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Of all the many vegetables I truly like, cauliflower stands almost alone in the dislike column. How do you feel about it, like or dislike? Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make these chocolate crinkle cookies on the spur of the moment, with ingredients you always have in your pantry. We added cinnamon to make them even better! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Julia Child's classic salade Nicoise made easier. My version uses fresh tuna, but you can use any fish, or chickpeas for a vegetarian dish. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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We're starting a new Saturday feature about pantry ingredients, and this week's question is about spicy Sriracha sauce. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Pharrell Williams is a rare commodity: articulate, compassionate, charismatic, and a darned talented musician. His hit HAPPY, from the film Despicable Me 2, has sold millions. No wonder -- it's uplifting, aspirational, easy to dance to, and, well, it makes me happy just to have it floating around in my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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It's prime time for eggplant, and these favorite recipes from The Perfect Pantry will give you some new ideas for how to use it. Zucchini, tomatoes and peppers, too! The recipes are gluten-free and vegetarian. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make the broth for this seafood stew way ahead, and freeze it. Then, when it's time to serve, reheat the broth and add fish and shellfish at the last minute. A great dish for entertaining. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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What are the ingredients of water, which is the mother of all pantry ingredients? Come and play The 100th Pantry Quiz. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Julia Child, who would have been 102 years old today, taught me how to cook. No, not in person (don't I wish?), but Julia's first television series, The French Chef, taught me one important lesson I've never forgotten: it's okay to have fun in the kitchen! You can be a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Pickle some garden-fresh green beans for a quick low-calorie snack, or a great side dish for your next cookout. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Here's a twist on the traditional Provencal vegetable stew, ratatouille. Roast the eggplant, zucchini and pepper, and toss it with a mustardy vinaigrette. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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There are spice blends, and then there's Spike Seasoning, which just might be the best blend of all. Come and play The Pantry Quiz. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Nothing compares to the joy of biting into a ripe summer peach and letting the juices dribble down your chin. What's your favorite way to eat (or serve, or cook with) a peach? Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Try orange or purple sweet potatoes in your next potato salad! This Hawaiian recipe bumps up the flavor with ginger, lime, and curry powder. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Kick up your everyday pasta salad with whole wheat pasta and dressing made with feta cheese and fresh herbs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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How long after you buy eggs do they stay fresh? The clue is on the carton. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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At this time of year, the perennial garden in front of my log house overflows with old fashioned flowers, like Shasta daisies and echinacea and daylilies. Of all, my favorites are the black-eyed Susans, which multiply and travel throughout the garden each year. Do you know how black-eyed Susans got... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Comfort food, straight from the pantry: white beans, shrimp, and slow-roasted tomatoes, tossed with a bit of basil from the garden, make a quick worknight dinner. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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I don't often eat waffles, but when I do, I want homemade, puffy waffles, packed with flavor and interesting (often savory) mix-ins. The ones in this photo are zucchini waffles, which you can make now during the zucchini avalanche, and freeze for later. Spread the cooked waffles in a single... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Use your grill or a stovetop grill pan to cook chicken, zucchini and nectarines, then bind them together with honey-lime dressing. Perfect for picnics or potlucks. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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All those little numbers on the egg carton: do you know what they mean? Come and play The Pantry Quiz. We're talking about eggs. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make a big batch of slow-roasted tomatoes and stash them in your freezer. Then, toss together this simple pasta dish with basil, olives, and cheese, at a moment's notice. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
If you haven't yet ventured with illustrator Maira Kalman into the "moments within moments within moments" she explores in her work, perhaps this video, which includes her portrayal of The Duck in Isaac Mizrahi's production of Peter and The Wolf, will draw you in. Ah, if only I had one-tenth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Lydia Likes It