Man Pleasing Soups

Five Man Pleasing Soups

One of the points of conflict in my relationship with Baker’s Man is soup.  I love soup, and he doesn’t.  The one exception to this is chili, so he likes the chili that I have been making for years, and he likes the chili con carne with beans that I made during my 30 days of cans, but those are almost the only soup-like foods that he will eat.  In fact, if I suggest soup for dinner, he rolls his eyes or makes a comment that ensures I remember that he isn’t a fan of soup.  These five recipes; however, […]

Top Posts of 2017

Top Posts of 2017

Another year has come to an end, and I always like to look at which posts were the most popular during the year.   I love looking back and seeing which recipes you, my readers, have enjoyed the most.  This year, there were some surprises in the list as well as a couple of returning recipes.  Check out our countdown below to discover the most popular post on Patty Cake’s Pantry for 2017. 

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.

5 favorite candy recipes--These are simple to prepare and make great gifts.

Five Favorite Homemade Candies

Why am I publishing a list of five favorite homemade candies?  Primarily, I’m publishing this list because all of these recipes contain chocolate, and I love chocolate, but each of these recipes also makes a great gift.

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

The Best Cookie Hack–15 Dozen Cookies in 2 Hours

Fifteen dozen cookies in two hours is not an idle promise.  This is the best cookie hack.  Bus Boy and I really did this.  If you don’t have a helper, don’t worry.  Bus boy didn’t really do much more than stand around in the kitchen and supervise the baking.  Oh, I almost forgot that he taste tested some of the cookies, too. 

Italian Style Tilapia

Tilapia del Estilo Italiano

Italian Style Tilapia is another sheet pan dinner, but in my case, I prepare it in a 9X13 inch pan.  This recipe is very simple.  The ingredients are layered in a prepared baking pan before being placed in the oven and baked.  The best part is that the Tilapia is baked from the frozen state, so it’s a great dish if you’ve forgotten to thaw the meat for dinner.   Italian style tilapia practically prepares itself.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

I may be overdoing things with these crinkle cookies, but with upcoming holidays, I just realized that what we need in our lives is Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies.  Think about it.  Red is a great color for Christmas, but it’s a great color for Valentine’s day, too.  That means that there are at least two occasions where red velvet crinkle cookies can make an appearance in your house.  There are other times, too. 

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. 

Apple Cranberry Pork Chops

Apple Cranberry Pork Chops

Apple Cranberry Pork Chops are a delicious twist.  Making these pork chops is a great way to use up leftover apples, and they’re a delicious way to use less than perfect apples in a savory dish instead of dessert.  It’s a twist on a classic Autumn side dish–Apples an onions.  This recipe for Apple Cranberry Pork Chops is a simple way to a delectable dinner.    

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

This recipe for Pumpkin Cake Roll may be coming a little late to the annual pumpkin recipe party, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with all of my readers.  It’s just too good to wait until next fall.   This tantalizing dessert of pumpkin cake wrapped around a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting is addictive.  Besides, this Pumpkin Cake Roll freezes well, so if you’ve picked up any pumpkin that’s on sale, you can make several and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to entertain.