Grilled Aspagus skewers

Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my all time favorite vegetables.  Grilling asparagus brings out the flavor and adds a smokiness to this delicious vegetable that makes it irresistible.  This is Baker’s Man’s favorite vegetable, and he loves to have it either grilled or roasted in the oven.  Since we are still experiencing summer heat, we opted to grill our Asparagus. As a child, I didn’t eat asparagus often, but it was always a staple on our Easter table.    As college students, Baker’s Man and I ate canned asparagus when we could find it on sale, but  it’s  not the same […]

Veggie and Hummus Jars--What can be better than hummus and veggie jars? Fresh cruciferous vegetables are arranged in a wide mouth mason jar that is topped with a 2 ounce sized serving of hummus. The perfect healthy grab and go lunch.

Veggies and Hummus, A Grab and Go Lunch

This is a simple way to put together a quick and healthy lunch to take to work or school.  Add a drink, and you have everything you need for a filling lunch. Some members of our household like to have their hummus and veggies with pretzels or pretzel chips, so we have some bags of those on hand, too.  It makes packing lunch on those busy weekday mornings a breeze. I got the idea for this make ahead lunch from this video for “Masonables” on YouTube.  In fact, I fell in love with this concept.  This is no big surprise […]

Beef and pepper sandwiches-sliced leftover potroast is combined with onions and peppers and water sauteed until the meat is hot and the veggies are crisp tender. Delicious quick dinner. PattyCakesPantry.com

Beef and Pepper Sandwiches

This is a delicious sandwich with flavor is reminiscent of a cheese steak sandwich.   It’s hearty, delicious, and loaded with flavor.  It’s a 30 minute meal for a weeknight dinner that is sure to please your family.  This was made from pot roast that was leftover from a slow cooker meal we had earlier in the week. I had made my three ingredient slow cooker pot roast, and there were leftovers.   In my house, leftovers are a good thing.  Leftovers give me the opportunity to transform them into something different.  It’s actually one of my favorite things to do.  It’s […]

Five Favorite Summer Desserts--Patty Cake's Pantry's favorite summer desserts--strawberry shortcake trifle, easy banana pudding, watergate salad, choclate eclair cake, pineapple rice pudding

Our Five Favorite Summer Desserts

What could be better than a delicious dessert that requires no cooking on a hot summer day?    I can’t think of anything.  These desserts are quick, easy, and delicious.  This is a collection of our favorite no-bake desserts.  Four of these recipes don’t even require you to turn on a stove.  That makes them very welcome additions to our table when it’s hot outside. Here’s our list of our five favorite summer desserts: Strawberry Shortcake Trifle in Mason Jars  I realize that the recipe says to use stale cookies, but you can use fresh ones, too.  This is one of […]

Blueberry Pear Crumble-- served with a scoop of vanilla icecream, this is the perfect simple dessert.

Blueberry Pear Crumble

One of the best things about summer is the prevalence of delicious fruit which can serve as the basis for many delicious desserts like this Blueberry Pear Crumble. The end of blueberry season coincides with the beginning of pear season.  What better way to celebrate the combination than with this delicious dessert.  This dessert was inspired by my Apple Crisp, and the presence of some ripe pears and blueberries that were sharing space in my  kitchen.  Why shouldn’t I combine the two into a crumble? You may be wondering about crumbles.  According to several sources, a crumble is a dessert […]

Organizing a small fridge and freezer--This task doesn't have to be expensive. This small space was organized using containers purchased at the dollar store. PattyCakesPantry.com

Organizing a Small Fridge and Freezer

Last year, I organized my fridge top freezer so that I would stop losing things that got tossed around while my family looked for a popsicle or breakfast sandwich.  This system worked at the time, and it continues to serve us well.  With this system of baskets in place, I can always find what I want in the freezer.  The best part was that  the cost for this system was only six dollars plus tax.  Recently, while visiting with a friend who has a disability, I was helping him to clean his fridge.   He has only a small fridge with […]

Italian Poached eggs--eggs poached in marinara sauce are a simple and delicious twist on both poached eggs and spaghetti. PattyCakesPantry.com

Poached Eggs a la Italiana

Italian style poached eggs bring unusual  twist to your usual spaghetti dinner.  There’s something amazingly delicious about soft poached eggs  slathered in a rich marinara.    The eggs can be served alone with a piece of crusty bread, or can be served atop spaghetti.  However you serve these Italian style poached eggs, this recipe is a winner.This is another recipe from my octogenarian friend who’s a little Italian grandmother.  Our visits usually include some discussion of food, and she is a tremendous resource for frugal, family friendly meals.  During a visit, she was sharing with me one of the ways […]

Barbecued chicken and potatoes foil pouch dinner--Simple ingredients assembled in a foil pouch create the perfect 30 minuted grilling meal. PattyCakesPantry.com

Barbecued Chicken and Potatoes Foil Pouch Dinner

This is the latest of our foil pouch combinations.  What can be simpler than throwing ingredients into a foil pouch  and tossing it on the grill?  This is a simple and delicious combination. Potatoes tossed with onions, and mini peppers are layered with chicken tossed with barbecue sauce before sealing them in a foil pouch and grilling for 15 to 20 minutes until done.    The finished dinner is loaded with the delicious flavors of summer and clean up is as easy as throwing away the foil when you’re through. It seems that our foil pouches are made from what we […]

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak--marinated flank steak is grilled for just a few minutes per side before being sliced and served.PattyCakesPantry.com

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Flank steak is the perfect meat for grilling quickly at a high temperature, and it’s made better by marinating it.  All you need is to mix up a few common pantry ingredients, pour them over the steak, and allow the steaks to marinate.  I usually allow flank steak to sit in the marinade overnight, but it can also be marinated for as little as two to three hours.  To have a freezer meal,  place the bag with the steak and marinade in the freezer until you’re ready to grill it.  Yes,  I said that you can put the marinated steak […]

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus--Only two ingredients and less than 30 minutes to a delicious addition to your summer barbecue.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

We love asparagus.  We roast it in the oven during cold months, and we throw it on the grill with the exact same seasoning combination in the summer.  These Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles are so delicious that we just can’t get enough of them.   We love asparagus here at Patty Cake’s Pantry, and who doesn’t love bacon?   I just knew that this recipe was going to be a keeper, and  I was certain that I would make bacon wrapped asparagus bundles at some point during the summer. The idea for this combination was not my own.  I kept […]