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Relish Magazine - interesting resource!

relish Magazine is an insert into Sunday papers around the country. My mom passes it on to me frequently, and I've seen many interesting things in it. They tend to promote natural, healthy foods, although, ironically, most of their advertisers are of the prepared food variety - you know, the type of ads where you start with some prepared item and create a dish.

Anyway, the January 2011 issue has, among other interesting things, an article called "The Pantry Project - New Year - 19 New Dishes". They then list what they term "bold and basic" pantry items to "turn dinner into a new adventure".

We are great proponents of having a well-stocked pantry of what we consider "basics", and I was pleased to see that many of their "essentials" have a home in our pantry already . . . they do list a few that we don't stock, but would not be afraid to use if required for a recipe.

They then have 19 recipes in the printed magazine that draw from this list of basics. When I decided to write about this, I went to their web site, thinking I would find the whole list and the 19 recipes there . . . I was disappointed to find that, while the list of ingredients were there, they did not reprise the recipes from the print magazine, but rather had added some new ones. However, a tour of their search engine proved that the recipes in the print magazine ARE in their recipes index . . . just not gathered together under The Pantry Project.

At any rate, for those of you who already love to cook, you'll enjoy comparing your basics to theirs, and perhaps find something new and inspirational, as I did. For those of you who are venturing into cooking, this list will provide some guidance of what you should have beyond what we joked about growing up - the Dutch Spice Rack, which contained only salt and pepper!

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