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May 28, 2013

Cooking from my Rhode Island pantry, and a new cookbook

Rhode Island Recipes, a new cookbook featuring favorite culinary souvenirs.

My husband Ted and I came to Rhode Island as part-timers thirteen years ago. We bought a log house on a small bit of land, with woods and grass and so-many-critters. The list of things we didn't know stretched most of the way back to Boston: how to keep chipmunks out of the vegetable garden; how to get rid of stink bugs without crushing the vile odor out of them; how to pronounce town names like Coventry (it's car-ven-try, for some reason we still haven't figured out).

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January 3, 2013

The Perfect Pantry's Top 12 recipes of 2012

Vegan avocado and edamame spread, just as spicy as you like it.

In a year in which I promised to eat more kale (done), and ended up eating even more broccoli slaw and turkey meatballs, my list of top twelve favorite recipes of 2012 features an eclectic collection of mostly Asian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, plus a few others that are so simple, you'll be surprised to find them on this list. And there's not one dessert among them.

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January 1, 2013

No Kid Hungry in 2013. We can do this.

Every year on January 1, I ask The Perfect Pantry's readers to help end childhood hunger in America by taking one action, sharing one post, donating one dollar, tweeting one link.

This year, a year in which politics consumed our nation, storms devastated many parts of the country, and violence against a community and its youngest school children shocked us, I feel more strongly than ever that, working together, we can do more to ensure that every kid in America has good, healthy food, and enough of it, every single day. That doesn't seem like too much to ask, even from a society that has become polarized around so many issues. Surely we can agree on this.

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June 14, 2012

Six lessons about food blogging I learned from Julia Child

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Six years ago today, I posted my first words on The Perfect Pantry, beginning an exploration of the more than 250 ingredients I keep in my cupboards, spice rack, freezer and refrigerator, with recipes for how to use them. Recently, a reader asked for some advice about her own blog, which led me to reflect on what I've learned about food blogging in the past six years, and who taught me what I know.

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  • My name is Lydia Walshin. From my log house kitchen in rural northwest Rhode Island, I share recipes that use what we keep in our pantries, the usual and not-so-usual ingredients that spice up our lives.

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