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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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For those hot days when you just don't want to turn on the stove, the oven, or even the grill, try this chilled cucumber and avocado soup. No cooking required! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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How to turn a favorite chicken chili into a meatless main dish, without losing the wonderful flavors of Florida and Caribbean cuisine. All it takes is a visit to your pantry! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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How do you feel about fresh ginger? We can't imagine Chinese stir-fries or Indian curries without it. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Jazz up your favorite Tex-Mex turkey taco filling with gluten-free taco boats. Fun for kids and adults, too! Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Serve these basil ricotta bruschetta for an appetizer, or dessert. Pan tossing the grapes brings out the natural sweetness, and the juices! Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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I've always had a tin of Madras curry powder on my spice rack, but it's no longer the only curry powder I keep in my pantry. Do you like or dislike curry powder? How do you use it? Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make this Viking chicken with honey, butter and herbs for your next picnic; it's delicious hot or cold. The recipe was adapted from a Norwegian cookbook. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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If you're lucky enough to be able to get lobster where you live, this lobster and avocado salad with chunks of fresh tomato and basil should be at the top of your summer picnic food list. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Can you imagine summer without corn on the cob? Do you wait all year for your favorite varieties to appear at the farm stand? Come and play Like or Dislike, and share your thoughts about sweet corn. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Pull a box of phyllo shells from the freezer, and in the time it takes them to defrost you can make this sweet mocha ricotta cream filling. Top with bits of chopped chocolate for a one-bite dessert. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A round-up of fabulous slow cooker (crockpot) chicken recipes from food bloggers, including recipes for making your own "rotisserie" chicken in the crockpot. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you still use a garlic press to mince garlic? Come and share your thoughts on Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Toss some slow-cooker Greek chicken into a crisp chopped green salad. Add sun-dried tomatoes, olives, cucumber and plenty of Romaine lettuce. Pour on a sweet poppy seed dressing. Mix everything together, and you've got a meal in a bowl! Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Crispy pan-fried tuna croquettes make a perfect appetizer, or a topping for a green salad. Make the patties slightly larger size, and serve them for lunch or a light supper. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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How do you feel about basil? In this week's Like or Dislike, share your thoughts and your favorite ways to use fresh basil leaves in your cooking. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Fire up the grill! It's time to serve up some burgers. Beef, turkey, salmon, veggie: here are some of our favorites, from The Perfect Pantry and from many other food bloggers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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What's better than a Greek salad topped with flavorful chicken? A Greek salad rolled up into a tortilla wrap, with chicken, tomato, feta and olives! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Gluten-free quinoa is popping up on home and restaurant menus everywhere, in every course of the meal. Do you like quinoa, and if so, how do you serve it? Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A single vegetable can become a salad with the right dressing. Your pantry of Asian condiments provides everything you need to turn a humble red cabbage into a spectacular side dish in minutes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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This quick and easy chicken and corn chowder is a true meal-in-a-bowl. Use leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken, and frozen corn kernels, to make it fast. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you keep a jar of capers in your refrigerator? What's your favorite way to use them? Share your thoughts on this week's Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Cooked, chilled chayote squash pairs with creamy avocado and tangy strawberry in an unusual salsa fresca that enhances fish tacos or grilled chicken. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A twist on the classic, this smoky egg salad gets its kick from Spanish smoked paprika and sweet caramelized onions. Serve it in lettuce boats, or tucked into a pita. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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How do you get smoke into your cooking? When you're not cooking with meat, try smoked paprika, from a particular region of Spain. It comes in mild or hot varieties. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Served on its own as a vegan tapas dish, or on top of toasts with melted cheese, this spicy eggplant caponata is a winner. Make it several days in advance, and it tastes even better. Perfect for picnics, too. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at The Perfect Pantry®