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A fresh start in the pantry

Many people clean and organize their homes around this time of year. Something about the new year and fresh beginnings gets people moving and cleaning and trying to make this year more productive than the madness of last year. I love and I am totally serious when I say this...I love to organize things. Nothing makes me happier than going up in the attic and organizing the space. It's a sickness, I know. My husband barely tolerates it and my kids well as you can see from the picture... the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Mark Bittman recently wrote a great article in the NY times about getting a fresh start in your pantry. He gives wonderful suggestions on what you should have in stock and what you should just get rid of. I will admit I have the bouillon cubes in my pantry! But I am willing to try his suggestion, "Simmer a carrot, a celery stalk and half an onion in a couple of cups of water for 10 minutes and you’re better off." Ok Mark if you say so, you are The Minimalist after all. Give the article a read here, it's totally worth it.


a friend to knit with said...

thank you so much for sharing that article!!!
(i love panko bread crumbs.....think i will still buy those. :))

i like to organize, and LOVE when things ARE organized.

Nikki said...

We read that too! I like the idea of cooking dried beans and freezing them.

Jen said...

I loved the article. I, too, have the bouillon cubes AND a few other things he mentions (like breadcrumbs and some out-of-date spices... shame, shame!). Mark Bittman wrote my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian." I have it perpetually checked out of the library, and someday I'll own my own copy!


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