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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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Chutney, an Indian condiment that combines fruit with onions and ginger, spices up your turkey (and leftovers), so make a batch for the Thanksgiving table. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Perfect Pantry®
After watching Stephen Colbert sing a few lines of this song on the eve of the Scottish independence vote (right at the :17 mark), I couldn't get The Proclaimers out of my head. Dr. Who fans will remember this as the soundtrack to David Tennant's cast and crew departure video.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lydia Likes It
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If you love Korean barbecue, you'll love this recipe for slow-cooker chicken with the same spicy-salty flavors. This recipe comes from Hawaii! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Perfect Pantry®
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Whatever you call the color, you will definitely call this risotto a beet lover's dream. Roasted beets and goat cheese add natural sweetness. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Sometimes, we don't fully appreciate the greatness of people in public life until they step to the side, where they are more free to express ideas, influence or initiate change, and use social media to bring us on board. So it has been with economist Robert Reich, who served as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Lydia Likes It
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Forty fabulous ideas for using dairy-free coconut milk in your cooking: appetizers, soups and stews, main dishes and desserts! Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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Do you like peanut butter? Come and share your point of view about this pantry staple; play Like or Dislike on The Perfect Pantry. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
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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 Sep 16, 2014 at The Perfect Pantry®
The things some bodies can do. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 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 Sep 13, 2014 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 Sep 12, 2014 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 Sep 12, 2014 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