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 […]

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 […]

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. 

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. 

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. 

Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

I love lemon desserts–lemon pie, lemon cake, lemon curd tarts, lemon bars, and lemon crinkle cookies.  I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few, but I’ve remembered the purpose for today’s post.  Lemon crinkle cake mix cookies are very simple to make and are sure to become a favorite in your house like they are in mine. 

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples is a twist on a traditional German side dish.   At least, hat’s what a German octogenarian told me.  This recipe is our attempt to recreate the dish for her.   We modified the recipe for Red Cabbage and Apples that she described by preparing it in a slow cooker to make it a bit less labor intensive. 

Beans and Leeks

Beans and Leeks

You know that we love beans here at Patty Cake’s Pantry, and we are always looking for new ways to prepare them.  This recipe is similar to beans and greens, but it uses leeks in place of greens, and Italian seasoning, and parsley, in place of the red pepper flakes.  The result is a simple and delicious vegetable side dish that is a perfect accompaniment to any meat entrée or is delicious on its own.