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 […]

Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself. I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need […]

Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

Spanish rice can be made many different ways. This version is one that I received from a friend of mine who is actually a Salvadoran. Perhaps, I should have called this recipe Salvadoran Rice instead of Spanish Rice. She called it Spanish rice, so I feel like I should honor her choice of name for the recipe, right? There are two other versions of a Spanish rice on this site. One was made using Knorr Mi Arroz seasoning, and the other was prepared using salsa to flavor the rice. As a result, I have been teased a bit by my […]

Vegan Tuna Salad

Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)

Fishless Tuna Salad tastes just like the real thing.  In fact, one of my friends argued with me and insisted that this recipe wasn’t vegan. She was adamant that I was cheating, and she didn’t relent until I showed her the empty can.  We love tuna around here, so figuring out how to make a good tasting vegan version of fishless tuna salad was very important. For this recipe, I used a can of Loma Linda Blue Fishless Tuna that I picked up at the vegetarian market in preparation for our 30 days of vegan adventure.  I was impressed by […]

Asian "Tuna" Salad (VEGAN)

Asian “Tuna” Salad (Vegan)

Asian “Tuna” Salad doesn’t sound like a vegan recipe, but  it is.  The “fishless” tuna that I used for this recipe was Loma Linda Sesame Ginger Fishless Tuna.  I purchased this product as part of my pre-vegan shopping trip.  I wanted to make sure my pantry contained some simple ingredients that I could use to put together simple meals on nights when life is crazy.  Anyone who regularly visits my site knows that I love to make salads in mason jars for lunch.    Since I’m eating vegan this month, it seemed like a logical choice for an Asian inspired salad.

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. 

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn

Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn is a simple and delicious soup that ‘s great on these cold Winter evenings.  It’s also a figure friendly recipe.  We know you’re going to love this new version of Chicken Enchilada Soup with Black Beans and Corn. 

Tuna and Rice Salad

Tuna and Rice Salad

What do you do when you one have one can of Tuna and a lot of people to  serve? Do you run to the store for another one?  No!  Instead, add something extra to stretch it so that your Tuna Salad for three can become Tuna Salad for 6.   This little secret ingredient can also help to stretch your grocery dollars. 

Chicken Salad for Sandwiches

Chicken Salad for Sandwiches

I love chicken salad.  It’s creamy, crunchy, and versatile.  Best of all, I can make it without turning on the stove or oven, as long as I have leftover chicken or some canned chicken in my pantry.    This makes chicken salad perfect for those warmer days.  

Four Layer Shrimp Cocktail

Four Layer Shrimp Dip

Four Layer Shrimp Dip is one of those simple recipes that can be thrown together at the last minute when you’re expecting guests.  The best part about Four Layer Shrimp Dip is that it’s so tasty no one will suspect that it’s so easy to make.