Cottage Cheese Stuffed Cantaloupe Salad with Blueberries

Cantaloupe and Cottage Cheese Salad

This has to be the easiest recipe I have ever shared.  A half of a small cantaloupe is filled with cottage cheese and topped with blueberries.  This is a simple and delicious summer lunch that’s figure friendly and very easy to put together.  All you need to do is cut the cantaloupe in half, scoop out the seeds, and fill the hollow with cottage cheese.  The sprinkling of blueberries is optional, but very delicious. This post was born one morning while I was desperately trying to figure out what I could take to lunch for myself and one of my […]

Shrimp boil foil packet for the grill

Shrimp Boil Foil Packet

I love Shrimp Boil.  The first time I ever had it, my Aunt, who was living in New Orleans at the time, brought shell on shrimp and seasonings up to my grandmother’s house and made a shrimp boil for the family.  For me, it was love at first bite.  We make Shrimp boil at our house from time to time, but this version is much easier.   The foil packets are assembled and grilled for 10 minutes on each side.  You have all the flavor of a shrimp boil without all the mess.  It’s definitely a winning combination. All you need […]

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Grilled Cajun Style Pork Chops

These grilled pork loin chops are loaded with flavor and so incredibly easy to make that people won’t believe that they only need two ingredients.  Total hands on time for cooking is under 30 minutes.    The secret to the exceptional flavor is the use of a Cajun style rub that is allowed to sit on the meat for several hours before they are thrown on the grill. Allowing the dry rub to sit on the chops for a prolonged period allows the flavor to penetrate deeper into the meat and produces a more flavorful end product. Ten minutes on each […]

Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Simple to make, grilled vegetables are loaded with the flavor of summer.  These vegetables are extremely versatile, and depending up on your choice of seasoning, they can be made to be the perfect accompaniment to a variety of meat entrees.   Of course, there is nothing quite as delicious as these grilled vegetables, so you’ll want to eat them by themselves, too. Since I was grilling pork chops coated with a Cajun spice rub, I opted for Cajun seasoning for these vegetables.  I tend to treat all of the vegetables basically the same, when seasoning a batch for dinner.  Only […]

Random Act of Generosity

Patty Cake’s Pantry’s Random Act of Generosity

I’m sure that someone will read this and wonder what a random act of generosity is.   My intention was to hold a giveaway.     I found something that I thought was very interesting, and it was on sale for a great price.   Since the item was food related, I thought it would be the perfect thing to give away on my site.  The problem was that as I began to study all of the rules that govern bloggers giving something away, my head began to spin.  It was very complicated.  Did you know that there are federal […]

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Grilled Potatoes

If you’ve never tried grilled potatoes, you need to add them to your next summer barbecue.  These potatoes are perfectly seasoned, and the light carmelization that grilling adds to their flesh makes them irresistibly delicious.  These idea for these grilled potatoes actually started with a potato salad.   I saw a delicious recipe for grilled potato salad a few weeks ago.  The recipe looked and sounded delicious, but what intrigued me more that the potato salad was the idea of grilling potatoes.  We love potatoes around here.  Baked potatoes are a favorite with Sue Chef and Bus Boy, and   […]

food blogger's Cats

Do Food Bloggers Have Cats?

As a novice food blogger, I frequently study the blogs and styles of other, more successful, food bloggers.  Often, this study is very educational.  There are bloggers out there who willingly share their knowledge with others, and there are bloggers who will share their knowledge if you pay a fee to join a group. In my study of other food bloggers, I have noticed a trend that I didn’t expect.  Many food bloggers  include updates and information about their pets on their sites, and most of these food bloggers seem to have dogs. I first noticed this trend  with Ree, […]

Broccoli Slaw

Coleslaw–Seven Delicious Ways

As the weather grows progressively warmer, we are constantly on the look out for new sides to accompany our grilled entrees.  Since I dread turning on the stove when it is 110 degrees outside, potato and macaroni salad aren’t always high on my list.  Coleslaw is always a favorite here at Patty Cake’s Pantry, but we get bored eating the same salad.   Over the past few months, as the weather has grown progressively warmer, I have been seeing more and more recipes for variations on traditional coleslaw popping up on other food blogs.    I have collected a few of my favorites […]

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Coconut Water and Berry Popsicles

These Healthy and delicious popsicles are simple to eat and loaded with nutrition.  These were another creation that was made with input from Sue Chef.  Cool and refreshing, these frozen treats are perfect for a hot summer day, and there’s no guilt involved because they are made with fresh fruit, lemon juice, and coconut water.  If you want, you can add a little sugar, but if your berries are sweet enough, it’s completely unnecessary.  You begin by slicing your strawberries and mixing them, along with the blueberries with lemon juice and sugar or honey.  The addition of sugar or honey […]

fruit smoothie popsicle

Berry Swirl Popsicles

These popsicles are easy to make, delicious, and they’re good for you, too.   All you need is your favorite fresh fruit, some yogurt, and  you’re ready to go.  Whip all of the ingredients together in your blender, pour it into popsicle molds,  and freeze.  Actually, there’s an extra step in there to get the swirl, but it’s not important right now. In a few short hours, you will have popsicles that are healthy enough to eat for breakfast.  You’d be okay feeding your children fruit and yogurt for breakfast, wouldn’t you?  Imagine their faces if you were to hand them […]