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Use It or Lose It

Creativity comes in many forms. Necessity is definitely one of them, but so is availability. As we prepare to move from the house we have lived in for more than 20 years, using what we have in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer has been a high priority for the last month and a valuable experiment in prudence.

With a half jar of red lentils that needed to be used, I recently made a lovely red lentil soup from Julia Turshen's Small Victories cookbook that David and I both savored. And, from the same cookbook, those lucky dogs of mine have been enjoying a super easy homemade dog treat recipe with five ingredients that calls for cornmeal, which is also plentiful in my pantry.

This experiment has brought us tasty treats as we combine the power of necessity and availability to feed ourselves and use what we have on hand. My grandmother would be so proud and, honestly, this process really does feel good.

While sorting through the freezer last week, I found two half bags of frozen corn.…

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