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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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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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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At the end of every year, when I compile my list of The Perfect Pantry's top recipes, I set some criteria for my choices. This year, I measured each recipe against just one factor: did we lick the plate clean?
Each of these eleven recipes passed the clean-plate test, and left us wanting seconds.
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Unofficially, summer draws to a close here in the United States on Labor Day Weekend. All around the country, kids return to school, and women pack away their white pants and shoes. For those who, like me, still have a barbeque or two on the calendar, and who (again, like me) believe that sides make the meal, here are ten of my very favorite recipes for salads to grace any porch or picnic table over the holiday weekend.
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