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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls were something that I created one evening when we were trying to decide what to eat.  I don’t really like to turn on the oven during the summer months, and I’m not a big fan of deep frying foods.  It’s not for health reasons.  It’s because it seems so time consuming, and I didn’t feel like standing over the stove while the egg rolls fried.  I really wanted to make egg rolls, so I decided to try making these Italian egg rolls with the air fryer.  The result was delicious, though the recipe did require some experimentation […]

Reflections on the 30 days of vegan challenge

Reflections on 30 Days of Vegan

The 30 days of vegan challenge has come to an end, and as I have done for the previous two 30 day challenges, I feel compelled to reflect on the challenge and tell you what I learned.  I have to admit that the 30 days of vegan challenge was much more challenging than 30 days of beans and 30 days of cans.  Compared to eating vegan for 30 days, those challenges weren’t challenges at all.   Eating a vegan diet required me to rethink everything I did in the kitchen.  Even breakfast, usually a simple meal for us, became a challenge.    […]

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostadas  are one of my favorite things, but being vegan for a month means I can’t have fish.  Fortunately, I had already come up with a recipe for cauliflower ceviche which was liked by everyone in the family.  Granted, Baker’s Man complained that I shouldn’t call it ceviche because there was no fish or shrimp in the recipe.  I solved that problem when I prepared these Ceviche Tostadas by telling him that we were having tostadas with cauliflower salad on top.  He willingly ate them without complaint because there was no expectation of seafood in the mix.  I call […]

Vegan Grilling

Vegan Grilling

Vegan grilling isn’t something that I spent a lot of time thinking about prior to this 30 days of vegan challenge.  As a carnivore, I never really considered what a vegan would eat at a summer barbecue, but as the month progressed, I became more aware of the potential challenges to a vegan who was invited to a barbecue.  I also became more aware of the challenges to a host who would have vegans attending a barbecue.  I decided to examine my reportoire of grilling recipes that have been published here on Patty Cake’s Pantry to see what, if any, […]

Vegan Tuna Salad

Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)

Fishless Tuna Salad tastes just like the real thing.  In fact, one of my friends argued with me and insisted that this recipe wasn’t vegan. She was adamant that I was cheating, and she didn’t relent until I showed her the empty can.  We love tuna around here, so figuring out how to make a good tasting vegan version of fishless tuna salad was very important. For this recipe, I used a can of Loma Linda Blue Fishless Tuna that I picked up at the vegetarian market in preparation for our 30 days of vegan adventure.  I was impressed by […]