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August 23, 2015

Chickenless chicken chili: how to rock the taste, but lose the meat {vegetarian}

Floribean bean chili: how to turn a favorite chicken recipe into a meatless wonder!

Susan, a long-time reader of The Perfect Pantry, wasn't always a vegetarian. She often writes to me about how she's changed up one of my recipes to fit her current way of eating. Susan lives in New Hampshire, where she and her husband formerly owned a health food store. She's a wonderfully creative cook, and the first person ever to tell me that she made my beef brisket recipe -- without the beef! Intrigued, I asked her to share more about how she approaches adapting meat recipes for her meat-free lifestyle. This is Susan's first guest post for The Perfect Pantry.

I might be an anomaly. I’m a vegetarian who seeks out meat recipes. Selectively, yes... but why?

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June 14, 2015

Nine things I'd like to know about you (and The Perfect Pantry celebrates nine years)

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Wow. So much has happened in the past year. The Perfect Pantry moved from country to city, from a large kitchen to a small one, and we traded our herb garden for urban farmers' markets. As we prepared to move, everything in the kitchen and pantry came under scrutiny, and downsizing became known in our house as The D Word.

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May 10, 2015

Asparagus-a-rama! The Perfect Pantry's favorite asparagus recipes

The Perfect Pantry's picks for favorite asparagus dishes of the season. [ThePerfectPantry.com]

And we're off! At long last, asparagus season has come to New England, and there's no better time to freshen up your stash of recipes. In our house, the next six weeks mean all asparagus, all the time. Here are some of the dishes we'll be enjoying this year. For lots more ideas, please check out my Asparagus! board on Pinterest, where you'll find hundreds of recipes collected by more than 30 food blogging friends, and this list of 101 favorite asparagus recipes I compiled a few years ago.

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January 4, 2015

The Perfect Pantry's top 14 recipes of 2014

Gallo pinto (black beans and rice), a wonderful breakfast dish with scrambled eggs. One of The Perfect Pantry's Top 14 recipes of 2014.

It's always fun to reflect on the year, and highlight my favorite recipes from The Perfect Pantry. These are the 2014 recipes of which I am most proud, and if you missed any of them during the year, I hope you'll take a moment to check out the recipes now.

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January 1, 2015

Beat the Drum: How we can help end childhood hunger in America, and then we can do even more.

Every year since I began writing The Perfect Pantry in 2006, I've started the new year here with a plea to work harder to end childhood hunger in America. And every year, I'm sad to report that the number of children living with food insecurity -- not knowing where their next meal is coming from -- has risen.

16 million children. 1 out of every 5 kids in America.

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