Dish presents: Dine & Dash 

We're all in a hurry, always, so you don't need to be regaled with the virtues of quick but tasty cuisine. Even at home, you know it's nice to dine and dash.

Hence the theme of our third annual Dish guide: recipes demanding just 20 minutes, prep to plate. Well, that was the idea, anyway.

As you'll find, a few of the local chefs and restaurant proprietors we approached couldn't resist offering favorites that'll take closer to an hour. Our hearts and stomachs were too big to toss anything aside, but we did mark those that feasibly could be done in 20 minutes with a "Truly :20" sticker.

In this guide, you'll learn how to make dishes ranging from an angry trout to butternut-squash-and-apple soup. And thanks to Brienne Boortz's photos, you'll have gorgeous finished products to which to aspire.

Finally, we've added a sample pantry list. When accommodating special dietary needs, of course, substitutions abound at natural-food or ethnic markets.

If possible, shop organic and local, especially at the farmers markets. And when smitten by a recipe, consider heading to the source one of our local restaurants to mine for more ideas. Happy sauting!

Matthew Schniper

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Pantry list : basics

  • first-cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (store in dark spot)

  • vegetable, coconut and peanut oils

  • dark balsamic, apple cider, white and red wine vinegars

  • whole wheat, spelt and white flour

  • white and brown sugars

  • honey

  • kosher, table and sea salt

  • pepper

  • vanilla and almond extracts

  • spices, whole when possible (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, bay leaves, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, basil, sage, oregano, dill, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, curry powder, ginger powder, rosemary, cardamom, star anise, thyme, turmeric)

  • baking soda

  • baking powder

  • shortening

  • dried beans (black, garbanzo, pinto, navy or favorite)

  • pasta

  • rice

  • eggs

  • potatoes (store in dark spot)

    Pantry list : plus

  • hot sauce

  • curry paste

  • miso base (red, white or brown)

  • wasabi powder

  • horseradish

  • onions

  • garlic

  • vegetable or chicken broth

  • bouillon

  • maple syrup

  • oatmeal

  • walnuts

  • almonds

  • raw cocoa powder

  • baking chocolate and chocolate chips

  • peanut butter

  • salsa

  • molasses

  • quinoa

  • sesame seeds

  • dried fruits

  • coffee/tea

    Pantry list : fresh

  • cilantro

  • parsley

  • tomatoes

  • lemons

  • ginger

  • vanilla beans

  • cheese (mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar or favorites)

  • milk

  • cream

  • salted and unsalted butter

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