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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


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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