vegan butter

Vegan Butter

It’s day three of my 30 days of vegan, and I’m reporting my third food related crisis.   I really hope this becomes easier as the month progresses.  My problem was that I needed butter.   I had planned to make a simple and delicious tomato sauce to serve over pasta, but my family expects garlic bread with all pasta dishes.  To make garlic bread, I need butter.  Butter isn’t vegan.  Do you see my problem?  I researched “vegan butter” on the internet and discovered that everyone’s favorite “vegan butter” seems to be Earth Balance, so when I had to take […]

What do vegans eat for breakfast?

What Do Vegans Eat For Breakfast?

I’ve barely begun my vegan journey, and I’m already having a problem.  This wasn’t a problem yesterday when I gorged myself on fresh strawberries and banana slices for breakfast, but today was a different story.  My go to breakfast on most weekdays is a bagel slathered with cream cheese, and/or topped with smoked salmon.  Neither of these options is available to me as a vegan, so I asked myself  “What do vegans eat for breakfast?”  Obviously, fruits and vegetables are a possibility, but other options can be more complicated than they seem.  What follows is a list of our favorite, […]

Vegan Recipes for Easter

Vegan Recipes for Easter

Today is the first day of my 30 days of vegan series.  It’s also Easter Sunday.  I realize that it’s also April Fool’s Day, but it’s no April Fool’s joke that Patty Cake’s Pantry will be vegan for the next 30 days.  I hadn’t really thought about Easter when I agreed to spend the next 30 days blogging about Vegan recipes.  Our traditional Easter fare includes a ham, mashed potatoes or augratin potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole.   None of these recipes are vegan.  That was a problem.   My family was not happy.  The decision to […]

Benita Gibbs of At Meme's Table

Interview with Benita Gibbs from “At Meme’s Table”

As part of our preparation for the 30 days of vegan series, we are trying to learn as much as we can about a vegan diet in order to ensure a successful month.  Today, we are sharing an interview with Benita Gibbs of “At Meme’s Table.”  Benita and her husband, Tony, were the first people that Baker’s Man and I met when we attended The Everything Food Conference last year (#EFC2017).  They were volunteers at the event, and we immediately hit it off.  When I  realized that I needed to talk to someone who could give me advice about how […]

Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Simple to make, grilled vegetables are loaded with the flavor of summer.  These vegetables are extremely versatile, and depending up on your choice of seasoning, they can be made to be the perfect accompaniment to a variety of meat entrees.   Of course, there is nothing quite as delicious as these grilled vegetables, so you’ll want to eat them by themselves, too. Since I was grilling pork chops coated with a Cajun spice rub, I opted for Cajun seasoning for these vegetables.  I tend to treat all of the vegetables basically the same, when seasoning a batch for dinner.  Only […]

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Grilled Potatoes

If you’ve never tried grilled potatoes, you need to add them to your next summer barbecue.  These potatoes are perfectly seasoned, and the light carmelization that grilling adds to their flesh makes them irresistibly delicious.  These idea for these grilled potatoes actually started with a potato salad.   I saw a delicious recipe for grilled potato salad a few weeks ago.  The recipe looked and sounded delicious, but what intrigued me more that the potato salad was the idea of grilling potatoes.  We love potatoes around here.  Baked potatoes are a favorite with Sue Chef and Bus Boy, and   […]

Cabbage stir fried with onions and garlic

Stir Fried Cabbage

Since Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, my local grocer has had some excellent prices on cabbage.   Since I always try to shop sales, I picked up a couple of extra heads.  Cabbages tend to store for a much longer time than heads of lettuce.  Historically, they were stored for long periods hung upside down by their roots in an outside building or mulched in the gardens for families to enjoy well into the winter.  Unfortunately, the cabbage you buy at your local grocer has been far too abused to last that long, but they will last for […]

Melon Salad in a Jar

Layered Melon Salad in a Jar

I must be feeling lazy this week because everything I’ve been making has been a cheat.  Today’s post is no different, but it was so cute, I had to share it.  I was cutting up some melons and packaging the chunks to take with our lunches.  I ran out of the plastic box-shaped containers, so I impulsively grabbed a wide mouth pint jar to fill with melon.   I scooped in equal portions of leftover watermelon, honey-dew, and cantaloupe.  The final result was very colorful as you can see in the photo above. It’s no surprise to people who come to this […]

Good Tasting Guacamole Without Avocado – Fact or Fiction?

If you like guacamole, I have some sad news for you.  Apparently, there is a nationwide shortage of avocados due to the drought in California.   This shortage is driving up avocado prices which makes it more expensive to whip up a big bowl of guacamole to serve with chips and salsa.   At my house, the avocado shortage was not caused by drought conditions.  It was caused by this guy: His name is Riddick, and he ate my avocado tree.  No, really!  While unsupervised in the yard, he chewed the branches off of my avocado tree one by one […]

Fully Loaded Marinara Sauce

Fully Loaded Marinara

Fully loaded marinara sauce is a way to sneak lots of vegetables into your family’s pasta dinner.  The chunks of vegetables effectively hide the fact that there’s no meat in this sauce.   Baker’s man didn’t utter a complaint.  If, however, your family eschews vegetables, simpley blend all of the vegetables into a smooth sauce to hide them.  Of course, this method will make the carnivores in the house realize there’s not meat in the sauce, but…