25 Must have spices for your pantry

25 “Must Have” Spices for your Pantry

What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They aren’t spices that I routinely reach for, and many were purchased simply because I wanted to try a recipe that called for them. As I separated these spices, hoping to find them new homes where […]

Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup is one of my favorites, and this recipe, which begins with canned black beans and jarred salsa, doesn’t skimp on flavor. It’s simple to prepare and makes a quick and tasty lunch or dinner. If you love black bean soup, but don’t like labor intensive recipes, this one is for you. What do you need to prepare this recipe? From the Pantry Black Beans Salsa Cumin Bouillon (Chicken or Vegetable) That’s all that you need to make a tasty black bean soup. No chopping, no sauteing. Just mix everything together. Actually, I used my immersion blender […]

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup is a very easy recipe. There’s nothing complicated about it. The tomatoes used in this recipe are canned tomatoes. These can be homemade canned (jarred) tomatoes or store bought. Canned tomatoes are an extremely versatile pantry staple. They can be used in a variety of dishes from spaghetti sauces to chili as well as soups such as the Tomato Soup with Lentils that was previously published on this site. That’s why I always have canned tomatoes in my pantry. Tomato soup, with or without lentils, is one of my favorite soups, and as a kid, I ate […]

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are a favorite appetizer here at Patty Cake’s Pantry. We have two other recipes for stuffed mushrooms on our site. There’s the recipe for stuffed mushrooms that are made in the oven, and there’s the recipe for slow cooker stuffed mushrooms. These seafood stuffed mushrooms are inspired by a comment from my friend, Brenda. She mentioned in a comment on one of my posts that she actually stuffs her mushrooms with stuffing and tops them with Parmesan cheese. While her method was delicious, I wanted to try something a little more complex. Besides, I was out of Parmesan […]

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 […]

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Dessert

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Dessert

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin was one of the combinations that I felt was an absolute necessity during my 30 days of gelatin. I love the combination of cranberries and raspberries. It’s really one of my favorite flavors. That’s why Cran-Raspberry Gelatin is my first new gelatin recipe in this series. This is a simple recipe, which is probably why I chose it. It’s a variation on your grandmother’s canned fruit and gelatin desserts. When I was a child, fruit and gelatin was a common dessert, so I had to pay homage to those desserts during this series, so Cran-Raspberry Gelatin was born. […]

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 […]

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 […]