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 […]

Orange Fluff Gelatin Salad

Orange Fluff Gelatin Salad

This Orange Fluff Gelatin Salad is the perfect recipe. It’s simple to prepare, and there’s no waiting while layers are setting up. You just dump everything into a bowl and stir it together. Stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours, and you’ve got a delicious salad. This recipe might be considered cheating during this 30 days of gelatin recipes because it’s very […]

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 […]