A view into a bowl of sliced brussel sprouts, red onion, chopped bacon, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans all tossed in a sweet and sour mayonnaise based dressing.

Bacon and Brussel Sprout Salad

This recipe for Bacon and Brussel Sprout Salad was inspired by two sources. First, there’s a pre-packaged salad mix that contains shaved brussel sprouts in addition to other ingredients that I have fallen in love with. The second source was my own Bacon and Broccoli Salad recipe. If you’ve been visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry for a while, you know that I love to save money, […]

Pickled Vegetable Relish

Pickled Vegetable Relish

Pickled Vegetable Relish is a good thing to have in your refrigerator. It’s great on sandwiches or salads. A dollop of pickled vegetable relish on your plate can perk up the simplest of dinners. I enjoy a couple spoonfuls of pickled vegetable relish as a side with beans and cornbread or with Hillbilly Corn Pone. It’s amazing how that simple acidic bite of pickles cleanses […]

barbecued chicken on a plate

Freezer Marinated Barbecued Chicken

This is a simple and delicious chicken recipe that I make frequently.  The process is very simple, and the final product is very tasty.  I prefer using boneless chicken breasts when I cook it on the stove and bone in pieces when I make it in the crockpot. This recipe is versatile because it can be cooked immediately, but if you want to do this […]

Melting cheese on top of refried beans makes them taste better.

Easy Refried Beans

Someone, specifically Sue Chef and Baker’s Man, pointed out that my April 1 post did not contain a NEW bean recipe, and they believe that means that I either need to blog about beans twice on one day, or I need to continue my 30 days of beans series through May 1.  I don’t want to cheat, so I’m asking for your opinions regarding this.  […]

sloppy joes made from scratch

Sloppy Joe’s

This recipe was born out of desperation one evening.  I had planned and promised Sloppy Joe’s for dinner, but when I reached into the cabinet to pull out a can of that sauce that rhymes with sandwich, I realized that I didn’t have one.  That was a problem. This group can be tough to cook for, so I knew that I had to produce an […]