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June 14, 2012

Six lessons about food blogging I learned from Julia Child


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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May 17, 2012

The Perfect Pantry's 101 favorite asparagus recipes


Once upon a time, I had a friend named Mary who ate only the tips of asparagus. I've always been more of a stem gal, so we were the perfect dinner companions. I thought our friendship might last forever, but as things turned out, asparagus preferences weren't enough to keep us together. Just as well, actually, as I've come to love every bit of the asparagus, and now I'd be reluctant to behead all of my spears for the sake of friendship. The asparagus season here in New England lasts for only six or seven weeks, and whatever makes it to the farmer's market gets snapped up soon after the opening bell. When you bring home fresh-picked asparagus, I hope you'll try some of my own favorite recipes along with exciting ideas from other food blogs. Make sure to stock your pantry; you'll need lots of different pantry ingredients -- Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Spanish -- as you work your way through this list.

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March 10, 2012

One door closes, and another opens (introducing The Pantry Alphabet)


Four years, 185 pantries from all around the world, shelves and cabinets and spice racks, bins and baskets and mason jars galore...

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January 1, 2012

No Kid Hungry (A recipe for the new year)

Every year, on January 1, I make a few resolutions. For the most part, they're personal (exercise more, lose weight, eat dark leafy greens) or work-related (start a new project) or house-related (clean more? compost more?), and for the most part, I've fallen off the resolution wagon by the end of the month.

I have kept one resolution, the same one, every year, and that's to share with you on New Year's Day some ideas about how we can end childhood hunger in the United States by supporting Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign in the year ahead.

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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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