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January 16, 2014

The birthday dinner menu of my dreams

happy birthday

Today is my birthday -- not a significant, noteworthy, big-0 birthday, just one of the birthdays tucked in between the big ones -- and as many of you know, my husband Ted, Cousin Martin and I are traveling in a warmer, more tropical part of the world. Feliz cumpleaños to the friends and readers of The Perfect Pantry who share this birthday. I'm not sure how we'll celebrate my birthday where we are today (I'll try and remember to post some photos on our Facebook page), but if I were home, this is the menu I'd serve.

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December 31, 2013

Have you seen Hungry?

Every January 1, The Perfect Pantry takes a moment to recommit to the fight against childhood hunger in America.

The statistics are appalling. One out of five kids -- that's 16 million kids -- don't get the food they need. Children who don't eat enough suffer long-term health consequences, and they have difficulty excelling in school. Kids from food-insecure households who do get hot meals in school during the week still face weekends without hot meals, or without any meals. And what happens in summer, when school is out?

We can do better. All of us, working together, can do better.

Why not start by making a tax-deductible contribution to No Kid Hungry? Click this link: http://www.nokidhungry.org/.

You can read more about hunger here.

Thank you, in advance, for all you will do in 2014 to end childhood hunger in America.

December 26, 2013

The Perfect Pantry's top 12 party appetizers for New Year's Eve

12 favorite appetizers for New Year's Eve (The Perfect Pantry).

Are you ready for New Year's Eve? Whether you're hosting a celebration for many, or an intimate affair for two, all you really need is an assortment of some favorite appetizers, the more variety the merrier, and plenty of bubbly. Add a few streamers or noisemakers, and mood music, and welcome, 2014!

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September 17, 2013

Five things I love about e-cookbooks, and a recipe for Afghan-style pumpkin turkey meatballs, from my brand new book

A Flock of Meatballs e-cookbook

I'm so excited to introduce my new e-cookbook, A Flock of Meatballs: Easy turkey recipes with around-the-world flavors, from The Perfect Pantry® kitchen, available today! You know how much I adore turkey meatballs -- really, who doesn't love meatballs? -- and I had so much fun creating new recipes (and a few short videos) for you.

Let's talk about e-books for a minute. I admit, I didn't jump on the electronic bandwagon right away. I treasure my stained and splattered cookbooks, especially the ones with pages that are stuck together with blobs of sauce. If the binding has come apart and the pages are crammed back in willy-nilly, I'm in heaven. I've even written a couple of cookbooks in print. So, you might be surprised that I've chosen to publish my new books only in e-book form.

Here are five things I really, really love about e-cookbooks:

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July 14, 2013

How to use honey (and five favorite recipes)

Five favorite recipes with honey.

Right this minute in The Perfect Pantry, I can show you six jars of honey. Really. Six. One is from Costa Rica, a gift from Cousin Martin. Another my husband Ted and I snagged at a monthly Boston event called Mass Innovation Nights, an entrepreneurs' showcase. The others are local. Very local. From my friend Christine's farm in the next town from mine, from Aquidneck Honey in Rhode Island, from farms near Boston. Each honey tastes unique, reflecting the characteristics of the area where those bees have grazed.

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