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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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An Italian-inspired vegetable soup that accommodates anything you have in your end-of-the-season garden. A parmesan cheese rind adds a special flavor; vegans can omit it. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
The things some bodies can do. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lydia Likes It
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Caribbean pepper pot, packed with chicken and shrimp, butternut squash and kale (or callaloo), wouldn't be the same without a healthy dose of spicy chile peppers. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you come from a pie-crust-from-scratch family, or do you buy your crust at the grocery store? How do you feel about store-bought pie crust? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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As you know, I'm not much of a baker, so right off the bat, I have to give points to anyone who attempts to make a shaped or decorated cake. Should I ever be tempted to try, I have only to click over to Cake Wrecks, a blog that posts... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lydia Likes It
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Use this all-purpose kicked-up Tex-Mex sauce for more than just tacos; try it in burritos, quesadillas, or even on Sloppy Joe sandwiches. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A classic risotto combination of dark leafy greens and fresh garden herbs, made easy in the pressure cooker. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Ten years ago, I believed that sports teams chose you. Where you were born, who your father supported, your college teams, where you live ... your fan allegiances were pretermined. My destiny as a sports fan should have been the Yankees (my dad's team), the Montreal Canadiens (my husband's team),... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Mayonnaise is a pantry staple, without which tuna salad wouldn't be possible. Do you like mayonnaise, or dislike it? Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make these quick and easy miso noodles for lunch, supper, or picnics. The only thing you cook is the pasta! Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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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 Sep 1, 2014 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 Aug 30, 2014 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 Aug 29, 2014 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 Aug 26, 2014 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