Need more recipe ideas?

September 13, 2014

Store-bought pie crust: like or dislike?

Store-bought pie crust.

Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

Of all the ways the world divides, add this to the list: people who always make pie crust from scratch, and people who wouldn't dream of doing that. I'm firmly in the store-bought pie crust camp, though I did make crust from scratch or twice once, just to try it. I keep a box or two of store-bought crust in the refrigerator, and use it to make the one fruit pie in my repertoire: apple pie, with local Macouns and Granny Smiths. I make darned good quiche, too. Once I attempted a rolled stuffed pizza thing, but it oozed all over the baking sheet. I didn't blame the crust for that.

Store-bought pie crust: like or dislike?

Continue reading "Store-bought pie crust: like or dislike?" »

September 6, 2014

Mayonnaise: like or dislike?

Mayonnaise

Welcome to a little game called Like or Dislike, with ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

In the house where I grew up, Miracle Whip was our mayo. I didn't learn that it wasn't real mayonnaise until much later in life, by which time I was hooked on the super-sweet flavor. Only when Miracle Whip's formula changed to include high fructose corn syrup did I reluctantly switch to mayonnaise, and now I'm a mayonnaise girl all the way. I don't eat it often, but I can't imagine egg salad without it. Or tuna salad. Or my Cousin Martin's favorite Russian dressing. Or Uncle Donald's scrambled eggs. I stir a teaspoon of mayo into my basil pesto, for added creaminess. And I know you can give yourself a facial with mayonnaise, though I've never actually tried it.

Mayonnaise: like or dislike?

Continue reading "Mayonnaise: like or dislike?" »

August 30, 2014

Cauliflower: like or dislike?

Cauliflower.

Occasionally on our Facebook page, we play a little game called Like or Dislike, with ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Now, Like or Dislike comes to The Perfect Pantry on Saturdays. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

It's no secret to readers of The Perfect Pantry that I do not like cauliflower. I've tried. Goodness knows, I've tried, but I just do not like it. Several readers, refusing to accept my limitations, have sent recipes and serving suggestions -- make it spicy! roast it in the oven! try fried "rice"! -- but it's time for me to confess that, when it comes to cauliflower, I'm firmly in the dislike camp. How about you?

Cauliflower: like or dislike?

Continue reading "Cauliflower: like or dislike?" »

August 23, 2014

Sriracha sauce: like or dislike?

Sriracha sauce.

Occasionally on our Facebook page, we play a little game called Like or Dislike, with ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Starting today, Like or Dislike comes to The Perfect Pantry on Saturdays. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

It's no secret that I love hot and spicy food. I've got a stockpile of chili paste with garlic, in case the end of the world arrives and the Asian market is closed. Another favorite is Sriracha sauce, also called "rooster" sauce, which my grocery store sells and which I buy in the largest size bottle available. (If the apocalypse comes, head over to my house. I don't know what we'll have to eat, but whatever it is, we'll make it spicy.) Restaurants discovered this Thai-style hot sauce years ago, and now home cooks have made it their own.

Sriracha sauce: like or dislike?

Continue reading "Sriracha sauce: like or dislike?" »

About The Perfect Pantry®

  • 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.

Never miss a recipe

Find an ingredient, find a recipe

Shop here

  • Start your Amazon shopping here, and your purchases help support this site. Thank you.


  • Syndicated on BlogHer.com
My Photo

Find me here too

Blog powered by TypePad