Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup is a very easy recipe. There’s nothing complicated about it. The tomatoes used in this recipe are canned tomatoes. These can be homemade canned (jarred) tomatoes or store bought. Canned tomatoes are an extremely versatile pantry staple. They can be used in a variety of dishes from spaghetti sauces to chili as well as soups such as the Tomato Soup with Lentils that was previously published on this site. That’s why I always have canned tomatoes in my pantry. Tomato soup, with or without lentils, is one of my favorite soups, and as a kid, I ate […]

Devil's Food Cake Mix Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Macademia Nuts

Devil’s Food Cookies with White Chocolate and Macademia Nuts

Devil’s Food Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Macadamia Nuts are one of the latest combinations I have created for my expanding repertoire of cake mix cookies, and they are fast becoming a favorite around here. These cookies begin with a devil’s food cake mix and have a total of only five ingredients which makes them simple to prepare. They’re a great cookie to bake for the holidays or just for a snack. I love to stick a few into packed lunches as a special treat. While it may be possible to make these cookies for less if they were […]

Patty Cake's Pantry Top Posts of 2019

Top Posts of 2019

I always enjoy studying the statistics on my website to discover which posts that all of you, my loyal readers, prefer. This year’s list of top posts contains most of the same recipes that were on last year’s list. Before we see what recipes were the most popular during 2019, I would like to point out that one of the top 10 posts wasn’t a recipe at all. It was a post about popsicle sticks, and the importance of making certain that the sticks you choose to use for your homemade popsicles are food grade because craft sticks, that may look like […]

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are a favorite appetizer here at Patty Cake’s Pantry. We have two other recipes for stuffed mushrooms on our site. There’s the recipe for stuffed mushrooms that are made in the oven, and there’s the recipe for slow cooker stuffed mushrooms. These seafood stuffed mushrooms are inspired by a comment from my friend, Brenda. She mentioned in a comment on one of my posts that she actually stuffs her mushrooms with stuffing and tops them with Parmesan cheese. While her method was delicious, I wanted to try something a little more complex. Besides, I was out of Parmesan […]

Cake Mix Cookies allow you to make more cookies in less time

Edible Christmas Gifts

Christmas is heralded as the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, many of us become stressed because we feel the need to give gifts to so many people outside of our immediate family. Trying to find a relevant gift that the person will appreciate without ruining your Christmas budget can be stressful. There’s a simple solution–Food Gifts. I know that someone just rolled their eyes at me for this recommendation, or maybe I’m just looking at Sue Chef who would be a gold medalist if eye rolling was an Olympic sport. Let’s look at some of the common objections […]

Sweet Potatoes--Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes–Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes are a Fall favorite in our household, so we decided to share five different ways to prepare them. This time of year, I can frequently find fresh sweet potatoes on sale for fifty cents per pound, so they’re a frugal choice as a side dish. These five recipes for sweet potatoes aren’t arranged in any particular order; they’re all delicious. Pineapple Sweet Potatoes Pineapple Sweet Potatoes are a popular choice for us. This is a simple recipe that we created one Easter. It’s light and delicious, and it doesn’t contain any added sugar (except for the marshmallows on […]

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

     Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes have become one of my favorite ways to prepare sweet potatoes whether I’m serving them plain or adding them to recipes.  I love to slip the prepared sweet potatoes out of their skin and serve them with only butter, and occasionally brown sugar and cinnamon, mashed into their flesh, but the possibilities are endless.   Cooking your sweet potatoes in the Instant pot is the easiest, and simplest,  way to cook sweet potatoes  in order to incorporate them into other recipes such as Pineapple Sweet Potatoes, Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Tangy Yams, or a sweet […]

Ham, Potato, and Green Bean Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup might not sound like the most exciting recipe in the world, but I promise that this soup is surprisingly delicious. Each time that I have made this, my friends and family members have eyed it suspiciously, but when the take their first bite, they make that sound. You know the one. It’s a cross between a moan of pleasure and mm, the universal sound for this is good. I am tremendously satisfied when a recipe gets this response from people, and Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup gets this response every time I make […]

Easter Desserts

Easter Desserts

It’s almost Easter, and I suspect that many of you, like me, have been searching Pinterest for the sure way to impress your family and friends with the perfect Easter dinner. Your hopes are high, and your stress levels are even higher, as you choose your menu and select a tablescape. You’ve decided that you will hand paint the Easter eggs for a more striking center piece. You’ll pass around a tray of French macarons in assorted colors after the meal, but there’s just one problem. You can’t paint, and the last time you made macarons, the egg whites deflated […]

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad is a variation on our Lemon Gelatin Fruit Salad. I chose not to refer to this variation as a fruit salad because, frankly, there wasn’t a lot of fruit in this combination. The whole berry cranberries just seem to disappear among the cottage cheese, and while this still has some texture, it wasn’t enough to call it a fruit salad. I love how easy these gelatin salads are to prepare. I almost always have cottage cheese in the refrigerator and frozen whipped topping in the freezer. Since I have chosen to do 30 days of gelatin, I […]