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Linguine with Mushrooms & Ham

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I’m on this kick where I want to try some healthier recipes. So many of our friends, family, and friends and family of friends (!) are having health issues, particularly associated with heart complications. It’s very sad and dispiriting to hear of these things, so it makes me want to ensure Ben and I are […]

MiniCards by Moo.com

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Tired of writing down your blog address on a scrap piece of paper to share with your friends and family? Or, maybe you don’t even have a writing utensil when the moment is right to tell someone about your blog? Here’s the solution: Order some MiniCards at Moo.com! These are probably the hippest little things […]

Cavatelli

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This is one of my favorite meals. Cavatelli with vodka sauce. My friend introduced this lovely pasta to me a few years ago when we had a girls night at a random Italian restaurant in Oak Park. We didn’t know what we were going to do, or where we were going to go… so we […]

Happy Birthday Pennies on a Platter!!!

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It’s unbelievable! Today is the one year birthday of Pennies on a Platter! When I started this blog, I didn’t even know how many other food blogs were out there. The one blog that gave me inspiration was Joe’s Culinary in the Country, but after I started mine and began receiving comments from other “Foodies” […]

I’ve Been Tagged!!

This is the first time I’ve been tagged in the food blogging world. Kayte from Kayte’s Kitchen tagged me this morning, so I thought I’d answer it also this morning. Today is also the 1-year birthday of my food blog… so I plan on posting my favorite recipes from the last 12 months a little […]

Penny Pincher: Ask for a Smaller Portion

When Ben and I went to Red Robin a few weeks ago, we wanted to get the onion rings as an appetizer. The waiter voluntarily offered a smaller portion to us at a cheaper price. This was not listed on the menu, but he said we could order any of the appetizers at a smaller […]

Burger-Potato Bites

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  Print Burger-Potato Bites 16 large frozen French-fried waffle-cut potatoes (1/3 of a 22-oz pkg) 1 lb ground beef Lawry’s seasoning salt, to taste Kosher salt Pepper 4 slices cheddar cheese, cut in quarters (I used the pre-sliced cracker cuts) 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced Mustard, ketchup, sour cream, and/or picklesPreheat oven to 400 degrees. […]

Super Bowl… Stress and Success!

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Yesterday we had a few friends over for the Super Bowl. I planned to make quite a bit of food… and mostly new recipes. For some reason, I thought I had all the time in the world to start making the food. When it got to be 3:45pm and I was on the video iChat […]

Penny Pincher: Split Your Meal

Okay, so my Penny Pincher ideas may seem pretty obvious and elementary, but I think we can all use encouragement to actually use the Penny Pinchers! Such as this one. When eating out with your spouse, or even a friend, try your best to just split your meal. We all know that most restaurants serve […]

Daring Bakers Challenge: Lemon Meringue Pie

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This was my first month as a Daring Baker. I’ve been reading their blog for months now and finally built up the courage to join and take on the challenge! I’m hoping to learn a lot about baking while in this group. January’s challenge was Lemon Meringue Pie. For those who are not familiar with […]

Penny Pincher: Save Those Expired Coupons!

Some of my Penny Pincher tips might be old news to you, but my hope is that at least one person out there finds it as a new idea. Today’s Penny Pincher tip is about saving your coupons even after the expiration date. In one of my college marketing classes, I distinctly remember my professor […]

Penny Pinchers

I’m in Nashville, TN right now for a girls weekend. We drove down last night and made it to our hotel at about 2 AM. It’s a little early now, but I’m so excited to head out for the day that I couldn’t sleep any longer. Another reason I woke up is because while laying […]

Molten Chocolate Surprise

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YUMMMMM!!! Need a very quick, easy, cheap yet impressive dessert to serve? One that isn’t going to pull you over the limit and leave you wishing you could loosen your belt? This is the dessert for you! These mini Molten desserts spill chocolate lava out from the center of a decadent moist cake, waiting for […]

Meat & Potatoes Stew

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I found this very quick recipe on one of the many food blogs I read, called Our Sweet Life. When I say quick, I mean it’s quick to prepare but slow to cook. It’s a slow-cooker recipe. We really enjoyed this meal. Ben liked it more than me, but I think only because he is […]

Olive Garden Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip

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Let’s talk about saving money, since we are Pennies on a Platter. Do you ever long to go out to eat at a certain restaurant just to taste that one favorite item on their menu? Then, you end up spending way too much on other items and tip? Why not just find the recipe (or […]

Slow-Cooker Lasagna

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I made this meal for dinner last night and we’ll eat the left-overs tonight. We both really enjoyed the flavor of this one. I especially loved the colorfulness in this dish. In fact, not to brag, but I think my photo is better than the one provided with the recipe because it shows off the […]

Hawaiian Rolls

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I have not heard of one person that does not like Hawaiian Rolls. Lucky for you and me, I found a recipe in a Hallmark magazine. These were a HUGE hit with my husband, my friends, and my family. I’ll make these over and over until we get sick of them… which isn’t going to […]

Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

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Happy New Years! I slept in until 10:30 today. How about you? It felt great! We were in the city to see Phantom of the Opera at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. It was a great show! We took the train to and from the city, and even though it was a short walk from the […]