A bowl of slow cooker beef and mushroom stew garnished with a sprig of fresh parsley for color.

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

This Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew is the perfect comfort food for cooler evenings this fall. The best part is that because it’s a slow cooker recipe, dinner is ready when you walk through the door after a hard day at work or school.

Deviled Quail Eggs

Deviled Quail Eggs

Deviled Quail Eggs were born out of necessity. It all started with some adorable Japanese (Coturnix) Quail which I brought home in early September. I had purchased some three day old chicks (young chickens) on July 3, and my baby chicks had finally grown large enough to move outside to the chicken yard, and I wanted to try something new. Quail eggs are delicious, and […]

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 […]

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak--marinated flank steak is grilled for just a few minutes per side before being sliced and served.PattyCakesPantry.com

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Flank steak is the perfect meat for grilling quickly at a high temperature, and it’s made better by marinating it.  All you need is to mix up a few common pantry ingredients, pour them over the steak, and allow the steaks to marinate.  I usually allow flank steak to sit in the marinade overnight, but it can also be marinated for as little as two […]

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 […]

Southwest cheesebuger pie

Southwest Cheeseburger Pie

A few decades ago, Bisquick introduced the impossible pie recipe.  The recipe was so named because a batter was poured into a pie plate and made a pie.  It was called “impossible” because the pies were made without a crust.  I have an old cookbook that belonged to my mother that contains a collection of these “impossible pies.”  Basically, these recipes require you to fill […]

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 […]