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 aren’t spices that I routinely reach for, and many were purchased simply because I wanted to try a recipe that called for them. As I separated these spices, hoping to find them new homes where […]

Quarantine Cooking: What am I supposed to do with all of these cans?

Quarantine Cooking: What can I do with all of these cans?

Are you one of the people who rushed to the store in a panic when you heard that there might be a quarantine and there was a chance that you would be confined to your home for an extended period of time? Did you, in your haste, fill your cart with cans of food that you don’t usually buy or eat? Now that you’ve blown your grocery budget, are you staring at all of these cans and asking yourself, “What can I do with all of these cans?” Fortunately, I am here to help. I have some suggestions for some […]

reflections on 30 days of cans

Reflections on 30 Days of Cans

My 3o days of cans challenge came to an end on May 1, and , as has become my habit, I want to share the results.   In other words, it’s time to review my recipes, and see how I did in relationship to the rules that were established for this  challenge.  The 30 days of canned food challenge had only a few rules. They were: 

Vegetable Beef Soup--Simple and delicious made almost entireley from canned vegetables andf meat.

Vegetable Beef Soup

This is a simple and delicious vegetable beef soup that is ready in under a half of an hour.   It’s a delicious and hearty soup that’s great on its own or as an accompaniment to a sandwich or a salad.  This recipe for vegetable beef soup is so simple to make, it’s possible to have a home made soup on the table for dinner on a busy weeknight.  

Patty Cake's Pantry begins 30 days of canned food challenge

30 Days of Cans

For those of you who have been following my blog, it should come as no surprise that I am doing another “30 days of…” series for the month of April.  Last year,  I posted 30 days of recipes containing beans.  This April, my self imposed challenge is to share one new recipe each day that is made with canned or other shelf stable food.  You may be wondering why I would choose to use canned food for this challenge instead of something fresh.  I actually have a few reasons. 

The Pantry Challenge--Final Week

The 31 Day Pantry Challenge: Final Report

I confess that I am a week late in delivering my final report on the Pantry Challenge, but my life outside of cyberspace has been a bit crazy.   Here’s my summary for the final week of my pantry challenge. 

31 day pantry challenge: week 4 report

The 31 day Pantry Challenge: Week 4 Report

I’m behind in my posts this week, but I wanted to give you our report from week four.  One more week has come and gone in the pantry challenge, and I’m still having fun.  We have decided that instead of resuming our regular grocery budget, we will  continue with the pantry challenge through the end of next week rather than stopping on Wednesday, the first of February. 

The Pantry Challenge-week three report

The 31 Day Pantry Challenge: Week 3 Report

Another week of the pantry challenge has flown past.  We are not suffering from lack of food, and I must confess that I haven’t been to the grocery store since last Sunday.  We will need milk again in a few days, but we are doing fine otherwise.  I must confess that I cheated this week. 

The Pantry Challenge--Week Two Report

The 31 Day Pantry Challenge: Week 2

The second week of our Pantry Challenge has come to a close.  We have run out of oatmeal, but we haven’t felt deprived.  Realization of what this challenge means has set in with the other members of my household.  We are low on, or completely out of several of Food Critics favorite staples.  We have nearly run out of soft drinks.  

31 Day Pantry Challenge: Week 1

The first week of our Pantry Challenge has come to a close.  We haven’t run out of anything, and we haven’t felt deprived.  In fact, if I hadn’t told the family that we were doing a Pantry Challenge for the month of January, I don’t think anyone would have realized at this point.