Patty Cake's Pantry is all about having a well stocked pantry.

Welcome to PattyCakesPantry.com, a food blog that helps inexperienced cooks build their kitchen skills so they can prepare simple and delicious meals for themselves and their families.

My name is Patti Cake, and this blog is my brain child. I began this blog to help people learn to prepare food for themselves at home. I understand that meal preparation is a huge challenge for many people. I have had periods in my life where I struggled to get dinner on the table for my family. I shudder to think how much money we have wasted eating out because I didn’t really have any culinary confidence, or a plan to get dinner on the table.

I’m sort of camera shy, so this Patti Cake will represent me, for now.

As my cooking skills have improved, I have become sort of a mad kitchen scientist. I love to experiment, and play, with my food–at least while I’m  in the kitchen.  At the table, I really try to have better manners.  After all, I am a mother and must be a good role model to my three children.   Because we have wasted so much money on take out and restaurants over the years, I am determined to prepare tasty, frugal, and nutritious meals for my family. Did I mention that I am trying to do this while holding down a full-time job? That’s why I love simple recipes.

The official mission of Patty Cake’s Pantry is to demystify the process of meal preparation so that even novice cooks, with no experience, can learn to prepare simple, delicious, and frugal meals for themselves and their families.

I also plan to share information on the principle of building a pantry with simple staple items, purchased at the best price, which can be utilized as the building blocks of simple, healthy, and nutritious meals. In this way, when you’re shopping, the majority of your purchases will be to re-stock your pantry which means you can watch for sales on those items to replenish your food supply at the best possible price.

Eating out of your pantry doesn’t mean that your diet will be boring.

Don’t worry! Fresh ingredients can be added for more variety in your meals, and it’s amazing how many different meals you can make from the same pantry staples. Keep checking back, and you’ll see what we mean. In the meantime, think about flour and baking powder. These two common pantry staples can be used to make cookies, cakes, or biscuits.

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On the Patty Cake’s Pantry website, you will find:

Many of our recipes contain the cost of the ingredients as well as cost per serving.  Our hope is to have this information on all of our recipes, so readers can learn that delicious, frugal meals are possible.

As you explore the Patty Cake’s Pantry website, I want you to see that I understand what it’s like to lack culinary skills, or to lack confidence in your culinary skills.   Some of the recipes on this site may seem weird, and some of them may use convenience foods, but each of the recipes published have to be approved by my family of five.  If they don’t like it, it doesn’t get published.  (I also use some of my co-workers as taste testers.)

My hope is that as you begin to experience some success with simple recipes, you will develop the confidence to try some slightly more complicated dishes.  As you become more confident in your ability to create delicious meals, my desire is that you will begin to build a pantry from which you can easily create a variety of recipes without having to run to the store for ingredients.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  We appreciate your support.  Comments, questions,  and constructive criticism are always welcome.

We hope that you’ll come back for another visit, real soon.

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  1. Hi there. This s so weird. I’m from Eugene 1981 & prior and fell in love with the Zorba sandwich. I was just sitting here reminiscing about it and typed in the search box Zorba sandwich and saw your recipe. Amazing! Couldn’t remember what all was in it but it was super yummy.I’m going to make them this weekend with your recipe. Have a great evening and thanks again. Patti

    1. I’m so glad that you found the recipe and my site. I honestly thought that I was the only person on the planet who remembered them. After you make it, will you come back and let me know if it’s like the one you remembered? I never got to taste the original, only my mom’s version.

  2. I have been looking for the barbecued shrimp receipe from Castagnola’s Lobster House Restaurant in Santa Barbara and saw your shrimp Louie receipe! Do you know the bbq shrimp sauce?

    1. Unfortunately, when I used to eat there, I only ate two things on their menu–the Louie Salads or the fried fish platters, but I will ask around and see if anyone knows the recipe for the bbq shrimp salad.

      1. Teresa, I haven’t had any luck finding your recipe, but someone suggested that you try calling the San Francisco Castagnola’s and ask them if they have the recipe. It’s not on their menu, but it’s worth a try.

  3. I haven’t been to your site often since I just tap into your email subscribe link. Are you giving it a facelift? I’m doing the same for AFlairForBooks.com … my newest indie bookshelf… want to join for free so i can attract authors?

    1. Rusty, I am updating this site. I would love to join your group because one of my plans has been to interview authors and publish one of their favorite recipes with the interview. I think it’s a great way to help authors reach a new, an different, demographic than they would reach on their own. What do you think?

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