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 […]

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 […]

Gelatin Desserts

Gelatin Desserts

It’s that time of year again, when I will be challenging myself to create 30 days of recipes using one ingredient, or technique. The previous two years, I have presented 30 days of beans and 30 days of canned foods, respectively. This year, I have decided that Gelatin Desserts, and gelatin recipes, in general, are under-represented on this website, so I have chosen 30 days of gelatin recipes. Some may wonder why I even care about how many gelatin recipes are on Patty Cake’s Pantry. They may also wonder why I plan on producing 30 days of recipes containing gelatin. […]

Top Posts of 2018

Top Posts of 2018

It’s always interesting to see what posts you, my readers, are enjoying most during the year. If I know what people are looking for, I can try to make my posts better meet their needs. After all, Patty Cake’s Pantry is supposed to be a place where people can go to find help with getting a tasty and economical meal on the table, right? Before we see what recipes were the most popular during 2018, 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, […]

Ten Uniqu Salads for your Holiday Table

Ten Simple Make and Take Salads

These ten simple make and take salads are perfect to throw together when you’re invited to a holiday party and you’re supposed to bring a salad.  Sure, you can always make a green salad, but each of these vegetable salads are simple and delicious.   We love each of these recipes, and even if you don’t have a lot of kitchen skills, these recipes are pretty much fool proof.  The best part of these recipes is that, with the exception of the cucumber and tomato salads, these simple can be made the day before.   Unlike a traditional lettuce salad, these recipes […]

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

This recipe for vegan banana nut muffins happened by accident.  Everyone knows that I love making my easy 1-2-3 banana bread, and I’ve even come up with a vegan version for my 30 Days of Vegan Challenge.  Since it’s time to start heading back to school, I thought that making some banana muffins for lunches might be a good idea, but I didn’t have any eggs.  Fortunately, I was armed with my new found knowledge of vegan substitutes for eggs, so I created a batch of Vegan Banana Nut muffins for my family This is a very simple recipe, and […]

Simple Pea Salad

Simple Pea Salad

Pea salad is my favorite way to eat peas.   The first time I tried pea salad was at a buffet.  My companion told me it was “delicious,” so I reluctantly tried it.  I’m not a big fan of peas.  We ate them often when I was a child, so they aren’t my favorite vegetable unless raw.  My opinion changed when I tried pea salad, and I spent the next few weeks perfecting the recipe until I believed that my pea salad was perfect.    Baker’s Man and a few other friends, and members of the family, agreed. What will you need […]

Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself. I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need […]

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chia breakfast pudding is an amazing, simple way to prepare breakfasts on those hectic mornings.   It’s almost like having dessert for breakfast, but it’s healthy.  Here’s my confession.  I have a huge sweet tooth, and sometimes, I really want something sweet for breakfast.  Fortunately for me, Chia Breakfast Pudding has come to my rescue, and it helps me to get a serving of fruit under my belt first thing in the morning.  If I have some Chia Breakfast pudding in my refrigerator, I won’t be tempted to stop at a convenience store for a sweet treat.  This makes it good […]