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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.
Recent Activity
How does your book group get warmed up? One of my groups has fallen gleefully under the spell of Book Junkie Bingo. There are more than 750 book-related bingo sets on their list, including very up-to-the-minute choices, and with a few weeks' notice, they will generate one for any book.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lydia Likes It
If you haven't seen this video that won a 2022 Grammy for Best Music Video, let's fix that right now. Jon Batiste's Freedom makes you want to sing, dance, and woohoo all day. Filmed in his home town of New Orleans, the video is sure to become a classic. Laissez... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lydia Likes It
"What's past is prologue," Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest, and how right he was. By reading and learning about our history, we begin to understand why today is happening. Heather Cox Richardson, a professor of American history at Boston College, writes her daily Letters from an American to set the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
In my front hall closet and the trunk of the car, you'll find at least half a dozen bags made from repurposed billboards. Four cooler bags like this one (two are smaller, two larger), and some capacious tote bags, hold a ton of groceries or everything you need for a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
Before the pandemic, my volunteering life had settled into a comfortable mix of involvements that included being a teachers' aide for in-person English for Speakers of Other Languages classes -- ESOL, which used to be called ESL -- at two different agencies within walking distance of my apartment. At the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
When you're bullied as a child, the hurt stays with you for a lifetime. The owner of my new favorite yarn and craft store turned me on to Hat Not Hate, an anti-bullying project created by a woman who was bullied as a young girl. Knitters, crocheters and loomers have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
Seldom does a book grab hold of me and keep me in my reading chair for hours. This book grabbed me and held me tight. Published in 2004, Alan Lightman's Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collection of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
Lady Bird Johnson, first lady of the United States from 1963-1969, turned a good idea into action. Beautify America, her sweeping vision for conservation and enhancement of the built environment, manifested itself in ways that were decades ahead of her time. Among other policy aspects of her program, Mrs. Johnson... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
Gilbert Stuart lives practically next door to me, in the Central Burying Ground in Boston Common. One of America's most famous early 19th Century portrait artists, Gilbert (as we call him, being neighbors and all) is perhaps best known for his unfinished likeness of George Washington, often called the Athenaeum... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
Save food, save money, save the planet. How can you beat that? Welcome to our world, Too Good To Go. We dream of a planet with no food waste, and this is one direct way we can help make that a reality. Just download the app on your phone, log... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
If, like me, you're a bit down in the dumps about the state of our world these days, here's an antidote to despair. Pay a visit to Reasons to be Cheerful, a site founded by Scottish-Canadian artist and musician David Byrne, lead singer of the band Talking Heads. Under the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
From the first moment I heard Ed Sheeran's biggest-ever song, the syncopated wonder called The Shape of You, it became my biggest-ever earworm. Even more compelling than the song itself, the process and collaboration between three fine musicians so in tune with each other is a treat to watch. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at Lydia Likes It
I would not consider this gluten-free. You might check online for other gf products, but King Arthur is clear about what’s in this one. ————————— Lydia Walshin Digital Publisher blogs:, books:
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I heart New York. It's the city of my birth, and the city of my granddaughters, and my husband Ted and I both have deep ties there. So it's especially pleasing to see the city through a different lens. In Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
One year into my volunteering life, everything feels right, feels focused, feels balanced. It's taken the best part of this Trumpian year to bring all of the pieces together, and in that time, while still howling at the sky every day, I've come to know myself a bit better, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
The women who created the pink pussyhat project just wrapped up Welcome Blanket, which posed this question to knitters, crocheters, and sewing mavens everywhere: "The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is almost 2000 miles long. Imagine if the massive distance of this wall was re-conceptualized and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
On our third trip to Japan a couple of months ago, we wanted to focus not on shrines and temples and impossibly beautiful scenery, though we did see all of those, but on friends and experiences. In the friends department, we are blessed to have known Rika for more than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
When you commit to an issue and open your heart, all sorts of opportunities find their way in. And so, next week, my husband Ted and I will be at Faneuil Hall to help MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, of which the International Institute of New England is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
I have a thing for brightly colored trucks. This one (seen at a roadside stop in rural Fukui prefecture in Japan), with attachments and hoses here and there and everywhere, looks like it's ready to take on any task. I love the gold ladder on top, too. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
I'd completely forgotten the thrill of seeing my name on the cover of a book for the very first time. When I showed Amanda, from the Boston Living Center, the cover of the book she has spent so many months putting together, and which I have helped them produce, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
Every Thursday, my husband Ted picks up empty 50-pound paper flour bags from Flour Bakery's commissary, and delivers the bags to Bikes Not Bombs, where volunteers use them to pack bicycle parts to ship to nonprofit organizations in Africa and Central America. Flour Bakery is famous citywide (worldwide?) for its... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
My husband Ted and I bought our first Poäng chair at least 25 years ago, and a few weeks ago we bought this one, which I believe is at least the fifth Poäng we've owned. (Our decor changed over the years, but the chairs would have lasted forever, except for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
Turquoise, the color of stones in beautiful jewelry made by many Southwest Indian artists, seems completely at home on this old pick-up we saw in Raton, New Mexico. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
Organizations like the International Institute of New England constantly adjust their programming to best meet the needs of current students -- and that means that volunteers have to adjust, too. For me, that means no more computer lab. Now, I'm tutoring, which means doing similar work, without the laptops. After... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Lydia Likes It
For the more than 200 gardeners tending 151 small rectangles of land in the Berkeley Community Garden, two blocks from my house, their gardens provide space to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and beautiful flowers, and also provide respite from the hard surfaces of this urban neighborhood. Our location in a... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Lydia Likes It