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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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June 16, 2013

Seven things I want to know about you (and The Perfect Pantry celebrates seven years)


All blogging is personal.

When I wrote my first blog post in June 2006, I had no idea how much that sentence would set the course for my writing over the next seven years. A blog doesn't have to be confessional, but it is always about the blogger. After all, that's why you're here, isn't it? To get my take on recipes, pantry ingredients, and healthy cooking.

If you've been reading The Perfect Pantry for a few months, or a few years, or from the very beginning, here are a few things you've learned about me.

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June 13, 2013

How to use Sriracha (and five favorite recipes)

Sriracha, and five favorite recipes that use it.

Everything about the Sriracha hot sauce bottle screams "heat alert!", yet I'm here to tell you that there's more to this complex sauce than pure pepper power. Think garlic, vinegar, and sugar -- and, yes, ripe Thai chile peppers -- and you begin to get an inkling of what's in that squeeze bottle with the bright green top and the rooster on the front.

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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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