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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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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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