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 once or twice, 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?

Read more "Store-bought pie crust: like or dislike?" »

September 10, 2014

Tex-Mex taco sauce {gluten-free}

Tex-Mex taco sauce fills a tortilla.

When I went off to college and had to cook for myself, I made lots and lots of spaghetti with red sauce. One of the few things I knew how to cook, it would feed a crowd, and leftovers went right into the freezer. Maybe there was something meditative about stirring the sauce pot, or maybe I was avoiding doing my homework, or maybe both. All these (many) years later, I prepare spaghetti sauce basically the same way, and this Tex-Mex taco sauce is a peppy riff on that sauce I used to make in my college dorm. You can spice this up or down, by playing with the canned green chiles and chili pepper proportions, but don't leave out all of the hot pepper ingredients. After all, it wouldn't be Tex-Mex without a little something to make you kick up your heels. Cook the full amount of the recipe, and freeze it in smaller portions for tacos, quesadillas, burritos or Sloppy Joes.

Read more "Tex-Mex taco sauce {gluten-free}" »

September 7, 2014

Green herb and kale risotto, pressure cooker or stovetop {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Green herb risotto with kale (pressure cooker or stovetop).

In September 2007, when I first posted this recipe for green herb risotto, life was simpler. My herb garden consisted of a few tiny beds, with one plant of this, and one of that. I didn't own a pressure cooker; in fact, I still lived in fear of them. And I hadn't fully embraced kale; the earlier recipe calls for spinach and zucchini, in keeping with the green theme. Seven years later, things have changed. My herb garden overflows with all five of the herbs used in this risotto recipe and dozens more. I fearlessly use my electric pressure cooker at least once a week, to keep the kitchen cool and to speed up dishes like this one. And kale? Well, I love it, and I prefer its more assertive flavor. So, as times have changed, this green risotto recipe has changed a bit. I'm giving you pressure cooker directions here. For the stovetop version, please click through to the original recipe.

Read more "Green herb and kale risotto, pressure cooker or stovetop {vegetarian, gluten-free}" »

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?

Read more "Mayonnaise: 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