Ham, Potato, and Green Bean Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup might not sound like the most exciting recipe in the world, but I promise that this soup is surprisingly delicious. Each time that I have made this, my friends and family members have eyed it suspiciously, but when the take their first bite, they make that sound. You know the one. It’s a cross between a moan of pleasure and mm, the universal sound for this is good. I am tremendously satisfied when a recipe gets this response from people, and Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup gets this response every time I make […]

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 […]

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad is a variation on our Lemon Gelatin Fruit Salad. I chose not to refer to this variation as a fruit salad because, frankly, there wasn’t a lot of fruit in this combination. The whole berry cranberries just seem to disappear among the cottage cheese, and while this still has some texture, it wasn’t enough to call it a fruit salad. I love how easy these gelatin salads are to prepare. I almost always have cottage cheese in the refrigerator and frozen whipped topping in the freezer. Since I have chosen to do 30 days of gelatin, I […]

Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad

Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad

Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad contains the flavors of fall. I know some of you may be questioning the veracity of that statement because there’s no pumpkin spice, or plain pumpkin, included in this recipe, but pumpkin spice isn’t the only flavor of fall. In fact, before pumpkin spice mania took the country by storm, there were cranberries, apples, and pecans. Those flavors, along with celery, are the basis for our Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad. I have a confession to make. I’m really lazy and impatient when it comes to making gelatin dishes. I realize that I will have to get […]

Cinnamon Apple Gelatin

Cinnamon Apple Gelatin

Cinnamon Apple Gelatin is a special treat. The combination of cherry gelatin, applesauce, and cinnamon red hots makes a delectable dessert that’s simple to prepare, and we all know that we like simple here at Patty Cake’s Pantry. What will you need to prepare this recipe? From the Pantry cherry gelatin dessert mix unsweetened applesauce cinnamon “red hots” candies In order to complete my 30 days of gelatin challenge, I have been asking friends, family, and acquaintances for their favorite gelatin, or jello, recipes. I have learned about some very unusual combinations. Some of these I will be sharing during […]

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Dessert

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Dessert

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin was one of the combinations that I felt was an absolute necessity during my 30 days of gelatin. I love the combination of cranberries and raspberries. It’s really one of my favorite flavors. That’s why Cran-Raspberry Gelatin is my first new gelatin recipe in this series. This is a simple recipe, which is probably why I chose it. It’s a variation on your grandmother’s canned fruit and gelatin desserts. When I was a child, fruit and gelatin was a common dessert, so I had to pay homage to those desserts during this series, so Cran-Raspberry Gelatin was born. […]

Gelatin Desserts

Gelatin Desserts

It’s that time of year again, when I will be challenging myself to create 30 days of recipes using one ingredient, or technique. The previous two years, I have presented 30 days of beans and 30 days of canned foods, respectively. This year, I have decided that Gelatin Desserts, and gelatin recipes, in general, are under-represented on this website, so I have chosen 30 days of gelatin recipes. Some may wonder why I even care about how many gelatin recipes are on Patty Cake’s Pantry. They may also wonder why I plan on producing 30 days of recipes containing gelatin. […]

Top Posts of 2018

Top Posts of 2018

It’s always interesting to see what posts you, my readers, are enjoying most during the year. If I know what people are looking for, I can try to make my posts better meet their needs. After all, Patty Cake’s Pantry is supposed to be a place where people can go to find help with getting a tasty and economical meal on the table, right? Before we see what recipes were the most popular during 2018, I would like to point out that one of the top 10 posts wasn’t a recipe at all. It was a post about popsicle sticks, […]

Ten Uniqu Salads for your Holiday Table

Ten Simple Make and Take Salads

These ten simple make and take salads are perfect to throw together when you’re invited to a holiday party and you’re supposed to bring a salad.  Sure, you can always make a green salad, but each of these vegetable salads are simple and delicious.   We love each of these recipes, and even if you don’t have a lot of kitchen skills, these recipes are pretty much fool proof.  The best part of these recipes is that, with the exception of the cucumber and tomato salads, these simple can be made the day before.   Unlike a traditional lettuce salad, these recipes […]

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

This recipe for vegan banana nut muffins happened by accident.  Everyone knows that I love making my easy 1-2-3 banana bread, and I’ve even come up with a vegan version for my 30 Days of Vegan Challenge.  Since it’s time to start heading back to school, I thought that making some banana muffins for lunches might be a good idea, but I didn’t have any eggs.  Fortunately, I was armed with my new found knowledge of vegan substitutes for eggs, so I created a batch of Vegan Banana Nut muffins for my family This is a very simple recipe, and […]