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. 

Garlic Parmesan Butter

Garlic Parmesan Butter

Garlic Parmesan Butter is one of those things that I didn’t consider worthy of posting here until a friend wondered what I was doing to my butter.  It’s a simple process, and it surprised me that she’d never done this for herself.  Butter is allowed to soften at room temperature before garlic, herbs, and parmesan cheese are mixed into it.  Garlic Parmesan Butter can turn plain bread into garlic bread, and any grilled sandwich into something extraordinary. 

Stuffing Meatloaf

Stuffing Meatloaf

Meatloaf is an American classic, and is something that many people list as a comfort food.  In our household, meatloaf is something that’s reserved for Fall and Winter meals when I don’t mind turning on the oven.  This recipe for stuffing meatloaf is different from our previous meatloaf recipe.  This version gets the majority of the seasoning from a package of corn bread stuffing mix that’s used as the breading in the meatloaf.      This recipe for stuffing meatloaf is easy to prepare, and goes great with cauliflower mashed potatoes and garlic green beans.

Fish and Seafood Recipes

Fish and Seafood Recipes

Fish and Seafood recipes are a favorite of Baker’s Man, so we have several of them in our recipe rotation.  Since it’s the middle of Lent, I thought that I should share them here in case any of my readers are looking for something new to try on those “meatless” days of Lent.  I apologize for not getting this posted sooner, but I’ve been a bit obsessed with trying to learn as much as I can about vegan cooking to prepare for my upcoming 30 days of Vegan challenge which starts, co-incidentally on April 1, which is also Easter Sunday.  […]

Vegetarian Soups and Entrees

Vegetarian Soups and Entrees

Vegetarian Entrees and Soups is something that I have been thinking about recently.  It’s not because it’s Lent like you would think.  Instead, it’s because in April, my blog will become Vegan for 30 days.  I have significant concerns about keeping my family happy as I create vegan meals, so I thought I would see what vegetarian recipes were already here on the Patty Cake’s Pantry website.  I realize that vegetarian isn’t vegan, but this will give me an idea what meatless meals that my family already enjoys.   Patty Cake’s Pantry is not a vegetarian recipe blog, but we eat […]

Homemade Clam Chowder

Homemade Clam Chowder

Today is Clam Chowder Day, and I’m putting together a pot full of homemade clam chowder for my family.  I have another recipe for clam chowder made from food storage items here on the Patty Cake’s Pantry website, but this time, I’m making it entirely from scratch.  Homemade Clam Chowder is delicious, and it’s surprisingly simple to prepare.  There’s really only minimal prep work necessary, and almost all of the ingredients are things that I keep on hand in my pantry and fridge.