A view of a loaf of Nutella swirl bread with one slice removed. A line of nutella is visible in the center of the loaf.

Easy Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

Easy Nutella Swirl Banana Bread is a twist on a recipe that I saw over at Little Spice jar. Her recipe is made completely from scratch, and it looked amazing, so I wanted to try it. I already had some very ripe bananas at home, so it would have been perfect. There was just one problem. After working for 10 hours, I was way too […]

A plated serving of sausage and pepper tortellini sprinkled with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley leaves

Easy Sausage and Pepper Tortellini (IP)

Sausage and Pepper Tortellini prepared in the pressure cooker is a quick and easy weeknight dinner. It’s perfect for the Summer months when you don’t want to turn on the stove, but you still want to make a delicious dinner for your family. Don’t feel like you need to limit this meal to Summer, though. It’s so simple to prepare that you can make it […]

Five Things I Detest about my Instant Pot

Five Things I Despise about the Instant Pot

There are things that I really despise about my Instant Pot. I’m not new to pressure cooking, so a lot of the complaints that people have about the Instant Pot don’t really bother me. I knew that pressure cookers take time to build up pressure which adds to the cooking time. I still have my old, stove top, model that I bought ages ago, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples are a simple and delicious recipe that’s actually pretty healthy.  I’ve been making this for years as a side dish almost anytime I serve a ham, and I decided to share this recipe now because I always associate apples and Fall, or Autumn if you prefer.  I realize that “early apples” are ripe in July , but different varieties continue to ripen […]

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 […]