Sweet Potatoes--Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes–Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes are a Fall favorite in our household, so we decided to share five different ways to prepare them. This time of year, I can frequently find fresh sweet potatoes on sale for fifty cents per pound, so they’re a frugal choice as a side dish. These five recipes for sweet potatoes aren’t arranged in any particular order; they’re all delicious. Pineapple Sweet Potatoes […]

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 […]

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables are another of the simple, delectable, vegetable side dishes that I love to make. The preparation is very easy, and the results are phenomenal. I wish I had known how delicious roasted root vegetables tasted years ago, so I could have been making them all of this time. Instead, they are a recent discovery. There’s something about the roasting process that brings […]

Fried Potatoes and Onons

Fried Potatoes and Onions

Fried Potatoes and Onions is a dish that was served on a regular basis when I was growing up. Potatoes are a frugal food, and combining them with onions, adds a depth of flavor that makes this a real treat. My mother would frequently fry the potatoes in the bacon fat that she had in a can on the stove. I remember eating meals that […]

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens and Ham is one of those simple southern style suppers that, when served alongside some corn bread, makes a delicious meal. This recipe is one of my leftover makeover recipes. The leftover that was being turned into something new was the bone leftover from our Easter Ham. I have to confess. I didn’t trim the bone very closely before I threw […]

Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole is a great way to use up that abundance of zucchini that is almost always prevalent, at some point, during every home gardeners summer.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to use up the zucchini harvest from my summer garden.  Most years, I have a bumper crop of zucchini. The best crop I ever had was […]

Green Beans and Tomatoes

Green Beans and Tomatoes

When you’re looking for a new vegetable side dish to serve with dinner, look no further than Green Beans and Tomatoes. This is a very simple recipe, colorful, and flavorful side dish that’s quick to put together and goes great with a variety of entrees. If you need a new way to serve green beans, or if you have some grape or cherry tomatoes that […]

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples is a twist on a traditional German side dish.   At least, hat’s what a German octogenarian told me.  This recipe is our attempt to recreate the dish for her.   We modified the recipe for Red Cabbage and Apples that she described by preparing it in a slow cooker to make it a bit less labor intensive. 

Beans and Leeks

Beans and Leeks

You know that we love beans here at Patty Cake’s Pantry, and we are always looking for new ways to prepare them.  This recipe is similar to beans and greens, but it uses leeks in place of greens, and Italian seasoning, and parsley, in place of the red pepper flakes.  The result is a simple and delicious vegetable side dish that is a perfect accompaniment […]

Beans for Burritos

Easy Beans for Burritos

Refried beans are delicious, but I like more texture in my burritos.  Of course, cooking dry beans gives you the most control over the final product, but it’s possible to make delicious beans with texture by using just a couple of cans and mixing them together.  I previously posted a recipe for easy refried beans that uses canned beans, some bacon grease, and a little […]