Avocado Sandwich

Avocado Sandwich

An avocado sandwich is a unique and tasty vegan lunch option.  Preparing a sack lunch when there are no leftovers can present a bit of a problem for someone new to a vegan diet.  On day one, I needed lunch, but I didn’t have any vegan leftovers from dinner the night before because that meal hadn’t been vegan.  I was perplexed about what I could use to create a delicious sandwich.  There was always the possiblity of peanut butter with jam, but that seemed a bit too easy.  I wanted to challenge myself to try something new.  I looked into […]

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 […]

Smokies in a Blanket

Smokies in a Blanket

Smokies in a Blanket are a great snack for the kids, or for a group of friends.  They are very simple to prepare, and they are fairly frugal.  It cost a total of $4.86 to purchase all of the ingredients for this recipe.   We don’t even use all of the Little Smokies for the recipe, so the cost per Smokie in a Blanket is only about 16 cents.   That makes this an inexpensive snack or appetizer, and even though they are made with some prepared ingredients, Smokies in a Blanket are much more economical than purchasing a box […]

Baked Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops

Baked Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops are a sheet pan dinner style version of an American classic.  Both Baker’s Man and I grew up eating pork chops with apple sauce, so this combination wasn’t unusual at all.  The final result was tender, delicious, and very easy to prepare.  In fact, after some initial resistance to the recipe, Baker’s Man has approved this recipe for regular rotation on our menu during the colder months. 

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 20 pounds per week, but one year, the zucchini weren’t very productive.  That year, we had more crookneck and patty pan squashes, but I suspect that any type of summer squash, or even a mixture […]

Grown Up Grilled Cheese

Grown Up Grilled Cheese

Grown Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches will take your grilled cheese sandwich to the next level.  This sandwich is more than just American Cheese on bread that is slathered with butter before being placed in a warm pan and lightly browned while the cheese melts.  A grown up grilled cheese sandwich is made with three different types of real cheese, and the bread is spread with Garlic Parmesan Butter before being grilled on the stove top.

Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich

Grilled Meatloaf Sandwiches

Grilled Meatloaf Sandwiches are the perfect way to make use of leftover meatloaf.  No matter which of my meatloaf recipes that I make.  I always try to ration the meatloaf so that we will have enough leftover meatloaf so I can make Meatloaf sandwiches.  We love meatloaf sandwiches, and Grilled Meatloaf Sandwiches with bread that’s been spread with Garlic Parmesan Butter is amazingly delicious.