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May 23, 2015

Mayonnaise: like or dislike?

Mayo

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

Tuna salad, egg salad, lobster salad: could any of them exist without mayonnaise? Growing up, my family preferred Miracle Whip, which was loaded with high fructose corn syrup, but I've given that up in the past few years in favor of real mayo, store-bought or sometimes home made. Not just for salads and sandwiches, mayonnaise is the mystery ingredient in my basil pesto, and my husband Ted's Uncle Donald adds some to scrambled eggs. People have strong feelings about mayo; some can't stand it, others can't live without it. How about you?

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May 16, 2015

Sesame: like or dislike?

Sesame

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

Sesame oil adds just the right amount of nuttiness to salad dressings and stir-fry dishes. Sesame seeds add a crusty crunch to breads and crackers, and they are the main component of halvah. I love to use sesame seeds to garnish my Asian stir-fries, which often have a bit of sesame oil in the sauce. I couldn't make hummus without tahini (sesame paste), and I love scallion bread, which gets a distinctive flavor from sesame oil. Sesame has a distinctive flavor; not everyone loves it. Do you use sesame seeds or oil, or both, in your cooking or baking? (Oh, and let's not forget the whole "Open, sesame" thing!)

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May 9, 2015

Flowers on the dining table: like or dislike?

Daffodils

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

You wouldn't think there could be anyone who doesn't love flowers on the dining table, would you? I have a love/hate relationship with tabletop flower arrangements. I love the way flowers can bring a dining table to life, echoing the colors of the dishes, linens, and even the walls in the room. I also dislike strong floral aromas that can overwhelm the food, stuff up your nose, and cast a smell of perfume everywhere. I love little tiny pots of flowers at each place setting -- flowers that don't have a strong aroma. I dislike flower arrangements so tall that you can't see the person sitting across from you. How do you feel?

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May 2, 2015

Wooden spoons: like or dislike?

Wooden-spoons

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

When we downsized our kitchen in the move from the log house to Boston, I had to sacrifice some of my beloved 200+ wooden spoons. (I've shared some of my favorite spoon stories here on The Perfect Pantry.) The small collection (two dozen) I now have sitting in a crock adjacent to the stove represents spoons that are most used, and most loved. Some came home with me from my travels -- to Nicaragua, Italy, Malaysia -- and one is the spoon I made to celebrate a big-O birthday some years ago. Wooden spoons are both utilitarian and beautiful; over time, they acquire the patina of everything they've touched, and I can't imagine cooking without them. How about you? [PS: my friend Bob made the ceramic crock. Isn't it lovely?]

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April 25, 2015

Rosemary: like or dislike?

Rosemary

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

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme: thanks to Simon and Garfunkel, when I plant one, I feel obligated to plant them all. Parsley and thyme became the mainstays of my herb garden at the log house, and I could use them both in most any recipe. A hardy sage bush lasted for years, though I harvested the leaves infrequently. Rosemary, not so much. The strong flavor has never been a favorite in our house. Rosemary isn't hardy here in New England, so every year I drive to the garden center, buy a new plant, dutifully tend it, and hardly ever harvest it. Do you cook with rosemary? What are your favorite ways to use it?

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