Canadian cheese, potato and bacon soup {gluten-free}

My (Canadian) husband Ted often remarks that I don't include enough Canadian recipes in my cooking repertoire. He's not wrong. The truth is that I've never really been able to define Canadian cooking ....more

Roasted asparagus with ginger-miso butter {vegetarian, gluten-free}

When I made this recipe the first time, I roasted a pan of Brussels sprouts and tossed the miso butter in it. Before I had a chance to take a photo, my husband Ted and I ate it all. So here we go, same ginger-miso butter, this time on roasted asparagus, and it's every bit as palate-pleasing ....more

Mayonnaise: like or dislike?

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? ...more

Quick and easy sugar crusty banana muffins

One Saturday morning, a fresh batch of banana muffins came out of the oven. The aroma wafted up, up, up, into the apartment above. And down, down, down came a mysterious thumping on the staircase ....more

Sesame: like or dislike?

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 ....more

Easy rice pilaf

Now that my husband Ted and I have moved back to Boston, we miss more than ever the long-closed Cedars Restaurant that used to live at the end of our street. Cedars served Middle Eastern food in a space that reminded you of your favorite aunt's kitchen, with formica tables and frilly curtains, and velvet paintings on the walls. We almost always ordered the garlic chicken on skewers, and it always came with a mound of rice pilaf on the side ....more

Asparagus-a-rama! The Perfect Pantry's favorite asparagus recipes

And we're off! At long last, asparagus season has come to New England, and there's no better time to freshen up your stash of recipes. In our house, the next six weeks mean all asparagus, all the time ....more

Flowers on the dining table: like or dislike?

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? ...more

Quick and easy creamy tomato soup {vegetarian, gluten-free}

In the years after World War II, tomato soup served with grilled cheese sandwiches became a popular school cafeteria menu combination that carried over into home kitchens everywhere. Here's the most plausible explanation I've found for why this happened: institutional food service (including school cafeterias) paired grilled cheese with tomato soup to meet the minimum school lunch requirements for sufficient Vitamin C (from the tomatoes) and protein (from the cheese). As canned soups became more available and economical, and processed cheese extended its shelf life, soup and sandwiches were a practical choice for many school systems ....more

Spanish chicken with saffron and green olives {gluten-free}

Whenever my parents entertained, my mother served one of her party dishes, a short list of easy-to-cook chicken (always chicken) dinners with a wow factor. She never made those dishes for everyday dinners, only for parties. I'm not sure why, but that's how she rolled ....more