The Loaded Baked Potato Mashed Potato Pancake

Thanksgiving Leftover Make-Over–Fully Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

Part of our Thanksgiving morning ritual for years included my first born son and me wandering into the kitchen very early to begin the process of preparing Thanksgiving dinner.    While the rest of our household slept, I rinsed, dried, seasoned and stuffed the turkey as I  prepared it for the oven.  Meanwhile, my number one son would sit on a chair in front of the trash can  peeling potatoes for the mashed potatoes.  I would always finish prepping the turkey and have it in the oven before he finished peeling potatoes, and we would finish the job together. I don’t […]

Make Ahead Thanksgiving–Green Bean Casserole

Last year, I was scheduled to work on Thanksgiving day.  This created a problem for our family because I am the primary cook, and Thanksgiving dinner is always my responsibility.  Realizing that I would be unhappy with anything less than the full Thanksgiving Menu, I knew I had to come up with an idea that would allow Baker’s Man to be able to get dinner into the oven and have it ready to pull out shortly after I arrived home from work.  Sue Chef, Bus Boy, and Food Critic would all be available to help, but their culinary skills are […]

Deviled Eggs for Halloween

Deviled Eggs for Halloween

Deviled Eggs are so easy to make and so versatile.  There are many different ways you can combine ingredients to make them taste different.  Today’s post is going to use a deviled egg recipe that was previously posted here at Patty Cake’s Pantry as the base, but we are going to make a few changes to the finished product to produce something a little more creepy for Halloween.  The first thing that you need to do is whip a batch of deviled eggs. The two easiest ways to make these into a Halloween treat involve the use of olives. The […]

candy corn, a hug, and a pretzel make halloween candy.

Candy Corn Hugs Pretzel

The name of this post sounds like the headline from a tabloid.  Candy Corn was seen hugging Pretzel.  Who knew that someone so sweet would melt for someone so tough and salty?”  It sounds like a good start, right?   I didn’t really know what to call this recipe, but as I was thinking about the ingredients, candy corn, hugs, and pretzels, I settled upon the headline above.   The idea dates back to last Christmas when a friend from work made the cutest candies.  They were made from pretzels, topped with peppermint kisses that had been melted and topped with plain […]

squash delicata

Roasted Delicata Squash

This is a simple and delicious recipe for an heirloom variety of squash that wasn’t very popular until recently.  I am talking about the delicata squash.  This variety of squash has been around since 1894.  It is planted in the summer, and has many features of a summer squash such as a skin that’s easy to peel, but it lasts longer than a summer squash.  Delicata squash will last for two to three months if kept in a cool, dry place.  While this isn’t as impressive as the shelf life of some of the winter squash which can be stored […]

Trying a sample of Navy Bean Soup

Navy Bean Soup

In a previous post, I discussed the benefits of eating nutrient rich beans.   Continuing with that theme, I am adding a recipe here for navy bean soup.  This recipe is actually a variation of a vegan navy bean recipe that I made often while in college.  The ingredients are simple and easy to find.  The soup is very healthy, and everything included is very inexpensive, too.  One of the best things about this soup is that it freezes well, so it’s easy to make a large batch and freeze it in meal size portions. Begin with about 2 cups of […]

Chickens in the garden

Garden Chickens

Last week, I posted about my back yard chickens.  Mostly, I focused on the egg a day I get from each of them during warm weather.  While fresh eggs are a definite benefit of having chickens, it’s not the only reason to have them. Another good reason to have chickens is that they can potentially help you with gardening chores.  When the growing season is over and you are ready to put your garden to bed for the fall and winter.  All you need to do is release your chickens into your garden and they will clean up almost everything.  […]

mason jars with layered banana pudding

Dessert in a Jar–Banana Pudding

I previously blogged about my easy southern style banana pudding recipe.  It’s always a hit with the members of our household.  One day, while I was preparing food for a picnic.  I realized that banana pudding would look great in a mason jar.  I already knew from the strawberry shortcake trifle that I put together in a jar that mason jar desserts make great grab and go items to throw in a cooler for a picnic lunch.  I immediately went to work. First, some vanilla wafers were placed into the jar.  These were topped with some sliced bananas. The bananas […]

chicken roasted in the oven

How to Roast a Chicken

Roasting a chicken is not nearly a complicated as many people seem to believe.  In fact, it’s really quite simple. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Start with a whole chicken.  Remove the giblets and the neck from the inside of the chicken and set aside. This chicken only had a liver inside of it.  I was disappointed.  I wanted the heart and gizzard, too.  Rinse the bird inside and out. Pat dry with some paper towels.Measure out 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Massage olive oil into the flesh of the chicken. Measure out 1 tablespoon of kosher  salt, seasoned […]

cracker topped with crab salad

Crab Salad

Today’s recipe is for crab or seafood salad.  It’s one of those things that you may be tempted to pick up in the deli or seafood section of your local grocery store, but it’s so easy to prepare at home, you can save your money for something else.All you need is some surimi or imitation crab, green onions, celery,  mayonnaise,  and some Old Bay seasoning as a minimum.  Actually, Baker’s Man says it’s good without the veggies.   His recipe includes only Krazy Krab (surimi), mayonnaise, and old bay seasoning.   He learned this recipe when he worked in a sandwich […]