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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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As I sit at my kitchen table this morning, I see this view, and this color palette of foggy hues, out my window. Design Seeds captures the mood and the moment. See why it's my favorite web site? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lydia Likes It
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Toss leftover shredded turkey into this Tex-Mex soup with corn, beans, and chopped green chiles. It's a great make-ahead-and-freeze soup that comes together in minutes. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Is cranberry sauce a required part of your Thanksgiving menu? Come and play Like or Dislike, and share your thoughts about cranberry sauce. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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With just a cup of leftover mashed potatoes, you can make a brand new broccoli and cheddar quiche. A perfect way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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For the holiday table, yet easy enough for everyday, these Brussels sprouts sautéed in a pan dressing of maple syrup and grainy Dijon mustard are an easy wow. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Demolition turns me on. When it comes to old house renovations, the start of a new project always begins with uncovering the past. Here is my kitchen on the first day of demolition. When I look at it, I see all of the possibility of the new design, the excitement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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How do you feel about sweet potatoes? Are they a must-have on the holiday table? Let us know how you really feel, on Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Three easy ways to save and sort recipes you find online, with a free web site, free app, or more powerful (but not free) app. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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When vegetarians come for Thanksgiving, serve them a rich, creamy, meatless gravy with lots of mushroom goodness. Easy on the cook, too, because you can make it a few days ahead. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes. Here are 40 fabulous recipes for vegetables, gravy, stuffing and biscuits, to add to your holiday menu. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Are you a first-thing-in-the-morning coffee person? Come and share your feelings about coffee in this week's Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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One thing I love about the city: juxtaposition. In our neighborhood in Boston's South End, these two shops prove the point. On the left, the new: Formaggio, an extremely upscale cheese and gourmet food shop. On the right, the old: The Syrian Grocery, a family-run business that, for more than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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This vegan and gluten-free butternut squash gets sweetness from apples, and just a bit of heat from Thai red curry paste. Make ahead and freeze for soup swaps. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Serve this family-friendly Spanish rice as a side dish with chicken, beef, or fish. It's a great way to get kids to eat their colors! Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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If you could plan for leftover Halloween candy, what would you buy? Come and play Like or Dislike, and tell us about your favorite candy. Do you eat it or bake with it? Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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A great make-ahead-and-freeze apple spice muffin that you can serve for Thanksgiving, for brunch, or with afternoon tea. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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In our house, eggs are perfect for any meal. This breakfast casserole tastes just as good for dinner, served with crusty bread and a simple green salad. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you love bacon? If it's one of your favorite foods, come and play Like or Dislike and let us know. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Make this easy ketchup-glazed traditional turkey meatloaf ahead of time, and stash it in the freezer for busy worknights. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Here are 40 of my favorite recipes using Sriracha sauce, the spicy hot sauce that comes in the squeeze bottle with the rooster on the side. Restaurants have known about it for years, and now you can find it in any supermarket. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Nutmeg finds its way into sweet and savory dishes from many world cuisines. Do you cook with nutmeg? Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Up in the air, down on the ground. I love autumn in New England. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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It's easy to make a slow cooker batch of this Asian-inspired sweet and salty spicy shredded beef brisket, and freeze it in small portions for rice bowls during the week. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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This streamlined version of an easy Basque chicken recipe, with lots of onion, bell pepper and tomatoes, is a perfect make-ahead party dish that's easy enough for weeknight dinners. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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How do you feel about ketchup? Is it a childhood favorite, or an indispensable condiment in your own kitchen? Share your opinion on this week's Like or Dislike. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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