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At-Home Cooking Made Easy with Pantry's Globally Inspired Recipes with Fresh Ingredients

With a growing number of recipe delivery companies, Pantry is Cambridge, MA's local source for at-home cooking made easy. Pantry operates with a single storefront and allows customers to purchase ingredients based on the meal they're cooking, in perfectly portioned amounts that are fresh and, often, locally grown and globally inspired. Co-founder and Chief Gastronomic Officer Amanda Mayo says she and her team generate all types of recipes, even those that are vegan-friendly.

Pantry offers 20 different recipes each day and introduces a new recipe to their collection each week. Mayo and her team develop recipes that can be assembled by cooks of all experience levels, from beginner to culinary genius. Recipes feature all types of proteins, including beef, chicken, fish, lamb and pork, and there are options for vegetarians and vegans.

Some recipes that customers could get through Pantry include stuffed Portobello burgers with salt potatoes that takes a mere 30 minutes to put together; chicken tagine with apricot couscous that takes about 40 minutes; quinoa fried rice with shiitake mushrooms that swaps actual rice for quinoa; poached salmon with lentils and horseradish-tarragon cream in 45 minutes; chicken pad Thai with roasted peanuts and scallions that can be completed in only 35 minutes.

Pantry also offers a few desserts. The brownies a la mode can be mixed and baked in just 35 minutes; ginger lime pie with a graham cracker crust, which is put together in a mason jar, can be completed in just under an hour. There is also a passion fruit and mascarpone mousse for those who want a fruit and chocolate combination.

"We like to think of ourselves as a dinner store, not a recipe kit store," Mayo says. "Someone can walk in off the street with a completely empty kitchen and get everything they need to make dinner in under an hour tonight. Pantry promise to make you a better, more efficient cook while expanding your palate and teaching you about the cuisines of the world."

Pantry utilizes local businesses to source local ingredients as often as possible. They opt for organic ingredients whenever possible. By using local farms, recipes are fresh and seasonal. Mayo says right now Pantry is using greens from Fresh Box farms in Millis, MA; dairy from Vermont Creamery; Teddy's peanut butter from Everett, MA; ice cream from COOP in Watertown, MA; lamb and chicken from Pennsylvania; and bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery. They also use Boston-made sweets, including Sweet Lydia's, Trill baked goods, McCrea's caramels and Taza Chocolate.

"Pantry puts the fun back into cooking by taking the stress and hassle out of planning and shopping," Mayo says. "We make it fun and easy to cook gourmet meals at home."

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