Fried Potatoes and Onons

Fried Potatoes and Onions

Fried Potatoes and Onions is a dish that was served on a regular basis when I was growing up. Potatoes are a frugal food, and combining them with onions, adds a depth of flavor that makes this a real treat. My mother would frequently fry the potatoes in the bacon fat that she had in a can on the stove. I remember eating meals that […]

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, […]

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.    

Green Beans and Tomatoes

Green Beans and Tomatoes

When you’re looking for a new vegetable side dish to serve with dinner, look no further than Green Beans and Tomatoes. This is a very simple recipe, colorful, and flavorful side dish that’s quick to put together and goes great with a variety of entrees. If you need a new way to serve green beans, or if you have some grape or cherry tomatoes that […]

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. 

Roasted Onion and Musroom Burgers with Potatoes--A one pan meal.

Roasted Onion and Mushroom Burgers with Potatoes

Roasted Onion and Mushroom Burgers with Potatoes is a one dish meal that gets a family friendly dinner on the table in no time.  It’s simple, delicious, and is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight.  I created this meal when my family requested burgers and roasted potatoes, but the burgers were still frozen, and my attention was needed in other places besides the kitchen.  

Corned Beef Hash with eggs

Corned Beef Hash

What do you do when you have leftover corned beef?  The answer is simple–make Corned Beef Hash.  I confess that we usually get our corned beef hash from a can, but it’s very easy to prepare from scratch, and it uses up St. Patrick’s Day leftovers.  Once you try the homemade version, you may never go back to eating the canned stuff. 

cheeseburger pie--a one dish entree

Cheeseburger Pie

Since making a Southwestern Cheeseburger Pie during my 30 days of beans, I have been thinking about making another plain cheeseburger pie, and I finally  had the chance today. The best thing about this pie is that if you use an oven safe skillet (like a cast iron one), the whole thing can be cooked in one pan.  Of course, I did need a bowl […]

Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Simple to make, grilled vegetables are loaded with the flavor of summer.  These vegetables are extremely versatile, and depending up on your choice of seasoning, they can be made to be the perfect accompaniment to a variety of meat entrees.   Of course, there is nothing quite as delicious as these grilled vegetables, so you’ll want to eat them by themselves, too. Since I was […]

cholent leftovers make a great base for a delicious soup

What Can You Do With Leftover Cholent?

This is not a question I am asked very often.  In fact, it’s a problem that I have had only once.   During my 30 days of beans, I made a pot of  Cholent.  After we ate, we still had about 9 cups of left overs.  Having never made cholent before I had no idea that the volume of the finished product would be so great.  […]