Guest post and photos by Sarah in Boston
Like every dad, mine gave his opinion freely, but there were some things he considered life skills. He couldn't understand how you would ever be able to get through life without them.
These included: how to drive a car while shifting between gears so you could glide through curves and down hills instead of using the brake; staying at a consistent speed on the highway to conserve gas (in the days before cruise control); parallel parking in three turns of the wheel.
He also felt very strongly about his coffee. This wasn't about buying expensive coffee or the perfect coffee pots -- just the basics on how to brew a strong cup of coffee. And whether you planned to use the brewed coffee in a recipe or drink it straight, the method was still the same.
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Despite having close to 250 items in The Perfect Pantry, I can think of dozens of ingredients that might be in your pantry but are not in mine.
Almond extract. Anchovies. Bacon. Wild rice. Fennel pollen. Marshmallow Fluff®.
I know... you think Fluff is not an ingredient. But here in New England, it is.
Without Fluff, there would be no Fluffernutters or Whoopie Pies, two of our regional claims to fame.
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When we were in college, my best friend Joyce and I went on a Fresca®-and-tuna-sandwich diet.
Two weeks later, we'd each lost a couple of pounds and gained a life-long addiction to the grapefruit-flavored sugar-free soda.
Last week, in a post about food gifts for food lovers, I wrote that Fresca did not meet the test for a pantry item, though I drink it every day and always have copious amounts in my refrigerator, because it's not used as an ingredient in creating other dishes.
I was wrong.
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If you've been reading The Perfect Pantry for a while, you know a lot about me.
You know that I live in Rhode Island, in a log house in the woods, with a nice kitchen and an herb garden and a fire pit outside.
You know that I love Asian noodles and coffee and that stuff that isn't really mayonnaise.
You know that I am old... old enough to think of this whenever someone says brown sugar...
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