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The Right Way to Meal Plan

Did you know that there’s a better way to meal plan? If you start by making a list of recipes and then a list of ingredients, you’re probably wasting food and money. Are you one of those people who usually starts your meal plan by browsing through Pinterest or your favorite recipe sites and making a list of the recipes you want to make for […]

A view of a pan of Creamy French Onion Rigatoni. The noodles bathed in a golden sauce are visible. There are french fried onions browned on top which look crispy.

Creamy French Onion Rigatoni

This recipe for Creamy French Onion Rigatoni is a variation on a recipe that I make often. We initially used two of the components of our slow cooker roast recipe, and used it to make a pasta based casserole which was delicious. One day, though, when I went to grab a can of cream of mushroom soup, I discovered I didn’t have any. Instead, I […]

The blueberry cobbler is in it's pan. The golden crust covers the top, but in the bottom left corner, a square of the cobbler has been cut away revealing a beautiful dark filling with visibl blueberries in it. A drop of the sweet filling has fallen onto the golden crust to the right of the hole leaving a purple dot of the sweeet filling on top of the crust.

Easy and Delicious Blueberry Cobbler

This blueberry cobbler recipe is both easy and delicious. It’s a variation on my nectarine cobbler and blackberry cobbler recipes as well as the canned fruit cobbler recipe. I love simple cobbler recipes, and since it’s berry season, I decided that it was time to make a blueberry cobbler. This easy and delicious blueberry cobbler recipe definitely lives up to it’s name. You won’t be […]

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Quick and Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg roll in a bowl is a simple and delicious meal that comes together in about thirty minutes which makes it great for a weeknight dinner. In fact, we have been eating this about once a week for the last month. Egg Roll in a bowl is one of Food Critic’s favorite meals, right after homemade macaroni and cheese and enchiladas. I first heard of […]

An overhead view of slices of pickeld red onions which are magenta in color. Visible black pepper corns are scattered among the onions.

Easy Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions are a simple and delicious recipe that are great any time of the year as a topping or add in to a variety of dishes. They are something friends kept asking me to make, but I kept procrastinating. I already make a pickled vegetable relish that contains onions, so I couldn’t understand what was the big deal about pickled onions. I thought […]

A picture of a mango that has had the flesh cut into cubes, but not separated from the skin is visible sitting atop a white cutting board with a bluish trim. The orange flesh is separated into finger like protrusions as the mang0 has been pushed slightly "inside out" making the skin on the back which is not visible be concave. This causes the finger-like protrusions to separate creating the "petals" of the mango flower. The mango has been sprinkled lightly with chili lime seasoning whith deposited red granules on the petals creating a pretty contrast.

How to Make a Mango Flower

Mango flowers are a retro type “recipe.” This was something that was was popular to make, and serve, in the middle of the 20th century. I say “recipe” because this doesn’t really have any ingredients except for a mango. This “recipe” is simply a series of instructions for cutting the Mango into a “flower.” It’s not even the most complicated or fancy version of a […]

Blackberry Cobbler

Simple Blackberry Cobbler

It’s berry season, and around my house, that means cobbler. This blackberry cobbler recipe is simple to prepare, but don’t let that fool you. It’s both easy and delicious. It’s a variation on my nectarine cobbler recipe as well as the canned fruit cobbler recipe. I love simple cobbler recipes, and I decided that it was time to make a blackberry cobbler. This simple and […]

A plated portion of Grilled Chicken Caesar

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar salad is a perfect meal for summer. When it’s hot outside, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. That means we grill. Frequently, we will grill enough food to last for several days, so all we have to do is reheat the meat and serve up the sides which I will admit are mostly cold salads this […]

A view into a bowl of sliced brussel sprouts, red onion, chopped bacon, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans all tossed in a sweet and sour mayonnaise based dressing.

Bacon and Brussel Sprout Salad

This recipe for Bacon and Brussel Sprout Salad was inspired by two sources. First, there’s a pre-packaged salad mix that contains shaved brussel sprouts in addition to other ingredients that I have fallen in love with. The second source was my own Bacon and Broccoli Salad recipe. If you’ve been visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry for a while, you know that I love to save money, […]

Deviled Quail Eggs

Deviled Quail Eggs

Deviled Quail Eggs were born out of necessity. It all started with some adorable Japanese (Coturnix) Quail which I brought home in early September. I had purchased some three day old chicks (young chickens) on July 3, and my baby chicks had finally grown large enough to move outside to the chicken yard, and I wanted to try something new. Quail eggs are delicious, and […]