Author Archive | Kristen Desmond


For You! A Dry Goods Shopping List

Since I moved into a high-rise apartment and sold my car, I’ve been buying groceries online. I’ve developed a list we can all use. This edition, focused on dry goods, helps me keep things stocked for many of my go-to meals. A fresh/frozen edition of this list is coming soon. Get cooking!

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Lentil Salad: No Recipe Required!

I am mildly obsessed with lentils. Low in calories, high in fiber and protein, they are a go-to of mine for soup, salads, and sides. This Lentil Salad requires no recipe. It wants whatever you’ve got and only gets better sitting overnight in your fridge. See below for how I pulled mine together and for […]

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Quick Breads: Cranberry Nut

Quick bread is my go-to when the weekend rolls around or when guests arrive. It’s so easy to make and serves as a great breakfast, snack, or after dinner treat with tea. I’ve got citrus on the brain and cranberries in the freezer – which can only mean one thing – Cranberry Nut Bread. This is the […]

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

This salad was a big hit at Flagstone Pantry. I came home from the gym today, saw the Brussels Sprouts in the fridge, and made it immediately. It comes together in minutes. It’s perfect for a day like today but equally up to entertaining. The recipe calls for a Pomegranate Vinaigrette, which is delicious. Today […]

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Lentil Soup

Whenever I purchase a wedge of Parmesan cheese, I cut the rind off and put in the freezer. Then, on a day like today, when I want to make soup – it’s right there waiting for me. Adding a Parmesan rind to soups while they simmer provides depth to the flavor. It’s that simple – […]

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A New Chapter – and Baked Oatmeal!

In 2018, I closed Flagstone Pantry to relocate to Washington, D.C. – again. I’ve had a little time to reflect on my experience owning and operating Flagstone Pantry, which I’ve concluded was equal parts rewarding, challenging, fun and terrifying. Being featured on Cooking Channel’s Cheap Eats: Santa Barbara for my Cowboy Cooking was simply the […]

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Summer Soup Recipes

Some folks think there is a certain season for soup, but we make soup year ’round at Flagstone Pantry.  Summer is a great time to serve cooling gazpachos and other soups that feature seasonal produce like squash, corn and basil. At summer gatherings, we like serving colorful gazpachos in shot glasses as appetizers. Here are […]

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