11 Soups Under 250 Calories

11 Soups Under 250 Calories per Serving

Why am I posting a list of 11 soups under 250 Calories per serving?  It’s mid January which means most of us are preparing to abandon our weight loss resolutions for the new year.  To help you resolve to stick to your plan, we are sharing delicious soup recipes that make a great lunch or dinner without breaking the calorie bank.

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn is a simple and delicious soup that ‘s great on these cold Winter evenings.  It’s also a figure friendly recipe.  We know you’re going to love this new version of Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn. 

Leftover Makeover--a week of family dinners from only two pieces of meat

Leftover Makeover–A Week of Family Dinners from Two Pieces of Meat

One of the best ways to make the most of your grocery budget is to ensure that leftovers don’t sit in the refrigerator and spoil.  Our grandmothers possessed this skill, but it seems to have been lost over the years.  One of the complaints that I frequently hear from people is that their family members don’t like leftovers.  Another complaint I hear is how expensive meat has become.   My solution to both of these problems is the Leftover Makeover.  First, purchase fewer pieces of meat during your weekly grocery trip.  Then, turn the leftovers into something different, and your […]

Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

I love hot and creamy dips.  This recipe for Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip is simple, amazing, and very easy to make.  It’s a variation on my slow cooker spinach artichoke dip, but it ‘s made in the oven.  Of course, it’s winter, so I don’t mind turning on the oven,  In the summer I might have a different opinion.  

Man Pleasing Soups

Five Man Pleasing Soups

One of the points of conflict in my relationship with Baker’s Man is soup.  I love soup, and he doesn’t.  The one exception to this is chili, so he likes the chili that I have been making for years, and he likes the chili con carne with beans that I made during my 30 days of cans, but those are almost the only soup-like foods that he will eat.  In fact, if I suggest soup for dinner, he rolls his eyes or makes a comment that ensures I remember that he isn’t a fan of soup.  These five recipes; however, […]

Top Posts of 2017

Top Posts of 2017

Another year has come to an end, and I always like to look at which posts were the most popular during the year.   I love looking back and seeing which recipes you, my readers, have enjoyed the most.  This year, there were some surprises in the list as well as a couple of returning recipes.  Check out our countdown below to discover the most popular post on Patty Cake’s Pantry for 2017. 

New Year's Eve Party Menu

New Year’s Eve Party Menu

The year is almost over, and this year has presented certain challenges to those of us at Patty Cake’s Pantry, but in spite of these hardships, we decided to ring in the new year with an intimate party for our closest friends and family.   I love to serve food that people can graze on throughout the evening, or that they can grab and snack on while they mingle.   This prevents a bottleneck at the buffet.  This year, we decided to keep things simple.  Our New Years’ Eve Party Menu included the following dishes.

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

The Best Cookie Hack–15 Dozen Cookies in 2 Hours

Fifteen dozen cookies in two hours is not an idle promise.  This is the best cookie hack.  Bus Boy and I really did this.  If you don’t have a helper, don’t worry.  Bus boy didn’t really do much more than stand around in the kitchen and supervise the baking.  Oh, I almost forgot that he taste tested some of the cookies, too. 

Our Favorite Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you find yourself with tons of leftovers from Thanksgiving Dinner, don’t fret.  These can easily be transformed into a number of delicious meals that bear little resemblance to the original meal.  This is particularly good if you have a picky family that doesn’t like to eat the same thing for more than one meal.  Check out our list of delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers.   We know you’ll love them. 

Slow Cooker Spare Ribs, Sauerkraut, and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Spare Ribs, Sauerkraut, and Potatoes

The slow cooker is a wonderful tool for helping prepare dinner on a busy weeknight, but most recipes are only for the entrée.  I love this recipe because it’s for a complete meal in the slow cooker that takes care of  itself while I’m at work.  All I need to do is come home and serve it.  Actually, there’s other one step that makes the ribs prettier, but it’s completely optional.