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November 22, 2014

Cranberry sauce: like or dislike?

Cranberry sauce.

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. 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, cranberry sauce came from a can. It plopped out in one solid mass, and my mother sliced it into thick, slithery circles. My oldest grandson adores that canned jellied cranberry sauce; the rest of my family prefers the whole berry variety, which is especially good on sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving. One time, many years ago, I tried to get fancy and make a cranberry mold. It all went well, until I unmolded it onto a platter over the kitchen sink... and watched it slide right off the plate and down the drain. I'll bet it would have been delicious.

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November 15, 2014

Sweet potatoes: like or dislike?

Sweet potatoes.

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. The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell.

With or without tiny marshmallows on top, are sweet potatoes your thing? I discovered one Thanksgiving a few years ago that I am the only person in my family who likes sweet potatoes at all (five pounds of leftover mashed sweet potatoes went right into the soup pot the next morning). I love crispy sweet potato fries dipped in curry mayonnaise the way a local restaurant serves them, and I also love them mashed, with spices and butter or lots of garlic. Sweet potatoes are slightly higher in fiber, and slightly lower on the glycemic index, than white baking potatoes, making them a slightly healthier choice when the potato craving hits. 

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November 8, 2014

Coffee: like or dislike?

Coffee

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!

In my house, this week's Like or Dislike is what we call a no-brainer. Without my two cups of coffee every morning, life as we know it would not exist. I drink it black these days, two cups, and if I have a third, I switch to decaf. I also love a cup of coffee at the end of a long dinner, when others might be enjoying a liquer or a glass of port. Coffee also finds its way into stews and baked chocolate goodies (not that I bake very often), where a little bit of coffee or espresso enhances and deepens the chocolate flavor. Tell us about your relationship with coffee. Or, are you a tea person?

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November 1, 2014

Halloween candy: like or dislike?

Halloween candy! Photo from Phoenix New Times.

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!

TRUE CONFESSION: I always buy extra Halloween candy, just so there will be some left over. Because this can be dangerous (in a delicious way), my current be-kind-to-my-hips strategy is to buy only the candy that never tempts me: those famous little peanut butter cups, or chocolate bars with coconut. The kids in our neighborhood love them, but peanut butter and coconut just aren't my thing. I'm partial to Hershey miniatures, Junior Mints, and M&Ms. Oh, okay: red licorice Twizzlers, too. So, come on, 'fess up: what's your favorite Halloween candy? Did you buy too much, hoping for leftovers? Or, did you beg your kids for some of their trick-or-treat haul?

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