A Collection of Vegan Entrees

As I began this month of vegan, I was racking my brain and trying to decide what I could make for my family to eat for dinner.  I remembered what Benita had said during her interview about many recipes being “accidentally vegan.”  This made me wonder what vegan recipes were already published on Patty Cake’s Pantry, and which ones could become vegan with minimal modification.  Each of the following vegan entrees had already been published on Patty Cake’s Pantry prior to us beginning our 30 days of vegan challenge.  I was surprised to discover that there were already eight vegan […]

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 […]

What do vegans eat for breakfast?

What Do Vegans Eat For Breakfast?

I’ve barely begun my vegan journey, and I’m already having a problem.  This wasn’t a problem yesterday when I gorged myself on fresh strawberries and banana slices for breakfast, but today was a different story.  My go to breakfast on most weekdays is a bagel slathered with cream cheese, and/or topped with smoked salmon.  Neither of these options is available to me as a vegan, so I asked myself  “What do vegans eat for breakfast?”  Obviously, fruits and vegetables are a possibility, but other options can be more complicated than they seem.  What follows is a list of our favorite, […]

Benita Gibbs of At Meme's Table

Interview with Benita Gibbs from “At Meme’s Table”

As part of our preparation for the 30 days of vegan series, we are trying to learn as much as we can about a vegan diet in order to ensure a successful month.  Today, we are sharing an interview with Benita Gibbs of “At Meme’s Table.”  Benita and her husband, Tony, were the first people that Baker’s Man and I met when we attended The Everything Food Conference last year (#EFC2017).  They were volunteers at the event, and we immediately hit it off.  When I  realized that I needed to talk to someone who could give me advice about how […]

This delicious Minestrone Soup is rich, hearty, and filling.

Minestrone Soup

This thick, rich, and filling Minestrone Soup is chock full of vegetables.  Tomatoes, Italian seasonings, and beans are the stars of this soup,

This delicious, steaming split pea soup is a vegan recipe.

Split Pea Soup

This vegan Split Pea Soup recipe is hearty and delicious.  It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t require much chopping, and it cooks quickly.  This makes Split Pea Soup the perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner. 

Lentils and Rice

Rice with Lentils

Today’s recipe is about making use of some inexpensive and very basic pantry staples–rice and lentils.  If you aren’t familiar with lentils, allow me to introduce you to this amazing little pulse.    Lentils are really quite amazing. They are those cute, little, brown, lens shaped things they sell in bags or bins in the grocery store. Lentils are one of the first domesticated crops.  In fact, archeological evidence suggests that humans have been eating lentils since the aceramic neolithic period.  (Aceramic = before pottery, which makes me wonder how they cooked their lentils.  I’ve searched the internet without success, […]