40 fabulous recipes with coconut milk

QUESTION: What's convenient to stash in the pantry, white and creamy and dairy-free, and as thick as house paint? Of course, it's coconut milk. Every cuisine incorporates coconut milk; think of curries, soups, sauces, smoothies, and even ice cream ....more

Peanut butter: like or dislike?

It's been decades since I've eaten a peanutbutterandjelly sandwich. Even as a kid, I never liked peanut butter (and I'm not crazy about grape jelly, either). When my friends brought PB&J sandwiches for school lunch, I brought tuna salad, egg salad, or bologna and cheese (yes I did) ....more

Italian vegetable soup {vegetarian}

With summer nearly at an end, I decided to celebrate the change in season by stirring up a giant pot of Italian vegetable soup, full of the bits and pieces left in my friends' gardens and passed along to me: zucchini, green beans, a couple of potatoes, fennel, kale, a few heads of garlic. This soup welcomes most stragglers, in any amount, so if your garden didn't give you fennel, but did leave you with more than a few zucchini, simply use what you've got. I added canned tomatoes, which are always on my pantry shelf, but if you have fresh tomatoes, or your own home-canned stewed tomatoes, by all means use those instead ....more

Slow cooker Caribbean pepper pot {gluten-free}

A few weeks ago, I awoke in the middle of the night, craving Caribbean pepper pot. Can you imagine what I was dreaming about? Adventures on the high seas? ...more

Store-bought pie crust: 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, 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! ...more

Tex-Mex taco sauce {gluten-free}

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 ....more

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

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 ....more

Mayonnaise: like or dislike?

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! ...more

Quick and easy chilled miso noodles with broccoli, bell pepper and peanuts {vegan}

In all ways, my husband Ted is a good sport. For the many years of our life here in the country, he has driven miles on Sunday mornings to fetch the New York Times, and then willingly handed over the crossword puzzle to me. He has faced down tenacious weeds, mound ants, garden snakes and an enormous runaway pot-belly pig from our neighbor's farm ....more

Sliced carrot and almond salad with roasted lemon, basil and mint dressing {vegan, gluten-free}

Sometimes, you have to test the theory that a great salad dressing can make anything -- car upholstery, old shoes, vegetables you don't love -- taste wonderful. It's not uncommon to find a bag of carrots languishing in the vegetable drawer of my refrigerator, because, to be honest, I don't love carrots. I use them in soups as part of the mire poix of aromatic vegetables, but I seldom cook them on their own, or even add them to garden greens and tomatoes ....more