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 […]

There's a lot of spaghetti in a spaghetti squash. The squash has been cut in half, and the threads "spaghetti" have been separated with a fork.

Five Ways to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Today, I want to talk about spaghetti squash.   You’ve probably seen it in your local store.  An oblong shaped yellow orb,  spaghetti squash is named for the long strands that the flesh of the squash is composed of.  Spaghetti squash doesn’t taste like spaghetti, but the threads of flesh are of a similar size and texture to a very al dente capellini or angel hair pasta.  All […]

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 […]

Snickers Apple Salad

Snickers Apple Salad

This recipe for Snicker’s Apple Salad was given to me by a client. He told me it was amazing. He wasn’t lying. This salad reminds me of a caramel apple coated in nuts, but buried in whipped cream. I’d never heard of Snicker’s Apple Salad before he shared this recipe. It’s decadent. It’s delicious. It should be illegal, but since it contains apples, a fruit, […]

Our Ten Favorite Slow Cooker Suppers

Our Ten Favorite Slow Cooker Suppers

The slow cooker is an amazing tool that is one of my favorite appliances. There’s really no limit to how creative you can get with a slow cooker. That’s why I thought that slow cooker suppers seemed like a great thing to discuss this week. Afterall, it is “Crock-tober.” I have to admit that I have been a bit remiss in sharing my slow cooker […]

Simple Pineapple Banana Pudding

Simple Pineapple Banana Pudding

Pineapple Banana Pudding is what you get when you combine two of our existing recipes. This recipe is a combination of our Watergate Salad recipe as well as our Easy Southern Style Banana Pudding. It’s easy to assemble, and the combination of pineapple and bananas makes this dessert taste very tropical. This Simple Pineapple Banana Pudding is amazing. You have to try this recipe. You’ll […]