Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup is one of my favorites, and this recipe, which begins with canned black beans and jarred salsa, doesn’t skimp on flavor. It’s simple to prepare and makes a quick and tasty lunch or dinner. If you love black bean soup, but don’t like labor intensive recipes, this one is for you. What do you need to prepare this recipe? From the […]

Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie

What do you do if there are only three tortillas, and you’re supposed to make burritos for dinner for a family?  Do you run to the store?  Absolutely not.  When we run to the store for one item, we end up buying extras, and that can hurt your grocery budget.  Instead, you whip up a simple and delicious Burrito Pie.  This recipe is a creative […]

Faux Mixed Ceviche

Faux Mixed Ceviche

Mixed Ceviche, Patty Cake’s Pantry style, is very simple to prepare.  Do you remember my cheater’s salsa recipe?  This mixed ceviche recipe is very similar because it is made with several cheats.  In spite of this, my “homemade” mixed ceviche is always well received by my guests.   It doesn’t matter if it’s New Year’s Eve or Superbowl Sunday, this mixed ceviche, served with crunchy tortilla […]

kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the […]

Mexican Poached eggs

Mexican Style Poached Eggs

The idea for these eggs came from a suggestion by an octogenarian, an Italian grandmother, who told me that she poached eggs in spaghetti sauce and served them on top of the noodles and sauce when money was tight.  I was intrigued by the idea.  While I still haven’t gotten around to trying her idea, I woke up one Saturday morning and realized that I […]

Rice stir fried with Salsa

Salsa Rice

Have you ever found yourself making dinner and needed to come up with a quick side or two?  That’s exactly the situation I found myself in the other evening.  I had tamales that I was going to reheat, but I needed some sides.  The obvious solution was Spanish rice or beans as well as a salad or vegetables.  The problem was that I didn`t have […]

Faux Homemade Salsa

Faux Homemade Salsa

I could call this recipe semi-homemade, but I think someone else has already pretty much claimed that description, so I chose faux.   While the word means fake or phony and definitely describes the method used to achieve my “home-made” salsa, it does not describe the healthy ingredients that can be found inside this simple recipe.  This recipe was something I learned before I had children, […]

Easy Appetizers from a Block of Cream Cheese

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  Did you know that New Year’s Eve is one of the two biggest party times of the year for adults?  If you’re having guests over for an impromptu celebration, or if people are stopping by to hang out for a few minutes on their way to somewhere else, you may want to have something simple to snack […]