Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself. I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need […]

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 […]

Smokies in a Blanket

Smokies in a Blanket

Smokies in a Blanket are a great snack for the kids, or for a group of friends.  They are very simple to prepare, and they are fairly frugal.  It cost a total of $4.86 to purchase all of the ingredients for this recipe.   We don’t even use all of the Little Smokies for the recipe, so the cost per Smokie in a Blanket is only about 16 cents.   That makes this an inexpensive snack or appetizer, and even though they are made with some prepared ingredients, Smokies in a Blanket are much more economical than purchasing a box […]

Five Dips for Entertaining--Each of these recipes is easy to make and loaded with flavor

Five Dips for Entertaining

When you’re looking for a dip recipe to serve to a group of sports enthusiasts, or hungry teenagers,  you need to look no further than this collection of five dips for entertaining.  Sure, you can always choose to serve chips and salsa.  You can even pretend to make homemade salsa by making my faux homemade salsa recipe.   It’s also easy to mix a pint of sour cream with a package of onion soup mix and serve that to your guests, but these five dips offer so much more.  The guests you’re entertaining will be very impressed with your culinary […]

The Man's Menu for the Big Game

The Man’s Menu for the Big Game

I left this post’s content to Baker’s Man.  After all, he is “The Man” around here, and according to my way of thinking, his opinion should count when we’re planning a menu for Superbowl Sunday, or any big game.  What follows are Baker’s Man’s selections or as we like to call it “The Man’s Menu for the Big Game?” There are a few criteria that Baker’s Man says are required to ensure that The Man’s Menu for the Big Game is not a flop.

Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

I love hot and creamy dips.  This recipe for Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip is simple, amazing, and very easy to make.  It’s a variation on my slow cooker spinach artichoke dip, but it ‘s made in the oven.  Of course, it’s winter, so I don’t mind turning on the oven,  In the summer I might have a different opinion.  

Faux Mixed Ceviche

Faux Mixed Ceviche

Mixed Ceviche, Patty Cake’s Pantry style, is very simple to prepare.  Do you remember my cheater’s salsa recipe?  This mixed ceviche recipe is very similar because it is made with several cheats.  In spite of this, my “homemade” mixed ceviche is always well received by my guests.   It doesn’t matter if it’s New Year’s Eve or Superbowl Sunday, this mixed ceviche, served with crunchy tortilla chips, is always one of the first things to be devoured when I set out the appetizers at any get together. If you’re uncomfortable “cooking” raw seafood with lemon juice, this recipe is for you.    […]

Cream cheese and pepper jelly decorated wtih ripe olives make the perfect appetizer for your halloween buffet

A Simple, Frank, Halloween Appetizer

If you are looking for an easy appetizer that is sure to impress, we have the perfect solution for you.  This Frankenstein appetizer is made from only three ingredients.  It’s easy to prepare, and your friends will think that you are a Halloween  menu planning genius. 

Four simple and delicious appetizer recipes to make in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes

I love my slow cooker.  I add ingredients to the ceramic crock, and when I return,  there’s  a prepared entrée or even a complete meal.  My slow cooker is a life saver on busy weeknights.  Since this is October, a month being referred to as “Crocktober” in certain circles, I decided to share four of Patty Cake’s Pantry’s favorite slow cooker appetizer recipes.   After all, there are many reasons to gather together this month.  In addition to Halloween, there’s football and the World Series

Four Layer Shrimp Cocktail

Four Layer Shrimp Dip

Four Layer Shrimp Dip is one of those simple recipes that can be thrown together at the last minute when you’re expecting guests.  The best part about Four Layer Shrimp Dip is that it’s so tasty no one will suspect that it’s so easy to make.