Cake Mix Cookies allow you to make more cookies in less time

Edible Christmas Gifts

Christmas is heralded as the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, many of us become stressed because we feel the need to give gifts to so many people outside of our immediate family. Trying to find a relevant gift that the person will appreciate without ruining your Christmas budget can be stressful. There’s a simple solution–Food Gifts. I know that someone just rolled their eyes at me for this recommendation, or maybe I’m just looking at Sue Chef who would be a gold medalist if eye rolling was an Olympic sport. Let’s look at some of the common objections […]

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

     Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes have become one of my favorite ways to prepare sweet potatoes whether I’m serving them plain or adding them to recipes.  I love to slip the prepared sweet potatoes out of their skin and serve them with only butter, and occasionally brown sugar and cinnamon, mashed into their flesh, but the possibilities are endless.   Cooking your sweet potatoes in the Instant pot is the easiest, and simplest,  way to cook sweet potatoes  in order to incorporate them into other recipes such as Pineapple Sweet Potatoes, Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Tangy Yams, or a sweet […]

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 […]

New Year's Eve Party Menu

New Year’s Eve Party Menu

The year is almost over, and this year has presented certain challenges to those of us at Patty Cake’s Pantry, but in spite of these hardships, we decided to ring in the new year with an intimate party for our closest friends and family.   I love to serve food that people can graze on throughout the evening, or that they can grab and snack on while they mingle.   This prevents a bottleneck at the buffet.  This year, we decided to keep things simple.  Our New Years’ Eve Party Menu included the following dishes.

Our Favorite Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you find yourself with tons of leftovers from Thanksgiving Dinner, don’t fret.  These can easily be transformed into a number of delicious meals that bear little resemblance to the original meal.  This is particularly good if you have a picky family that doesn’t like to eat the same thing for more than one meal.  Check out our list of delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers.   We know you’ll love them. 

Jack-o-lantern Brownie

The first time I made this was when I was in college.  It was first year that baker’s man and I were together.  I wanted to impress him with my domestic skills, but I wasn’t really good at cake decorating.  Instead of the usual way to decorate, I used a bag of m&m’s and some jelly candies that we had on hand to decorate a pan of brownies.    It was a tradition early in our marriage, but after we had kids, we eventually switched to making mud for Halloween dessert. 

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. 

Halloween Treats Disappear Quickly

Halloween Menu

Since today is Halloween, I thought that I would share our menu for this evening.  When children are small, it’s very difficult to get them to eat anything for dinner before heading out to Trick or Treat.  One of the traditions in our house is that we always serve something Ghoulish for dinner, so that the pre-trick or treat meal is also part of the festivities. Dinner will consist of the following: Mummy Meatloaf served alongside Caterpillars and Cheese with added Brain Matter. For finger foods and snacks during the evening, we will have an assortment of Halloween Style Deviled […]

Chocolate Pretzel Pumpkin Candies

Chocolate Pretzel and Pumpkin Candies

I love to make variations on simple recipes.  I am in love with the candies that are made by melting either hugs or kisses on top of pretzels and smashing them down with either a candy or a nut.  I have already publishes three variations on this recipe, but I had to do just one more.  You can find the versions with candy corn, marshmallow gummy eyeballs, and rolos with pecans elsewhere on this site. One day, while I was at my local grocer, I saw that they had the cutest little candy pumpkins.  I have a confession.  I am […]

Caterpillars and cheese

Caterpillars and Cheese

This is another one of my non-recipes.  It’s just a cooking technique that effectively changes a very kid friendly dish, macaroni and cheese, into something a bit more ghoulish for Halloween.  The entire process is very simple.  All you need is a box of macaroni and cheese plus all of the ingredients needed to prepare it along with some green food coloring.