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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup & Curry Condiments

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This is another recipe from the book I received from my sister for Christmas, Barefoot Contessa’s Back to Basics. It’s title is a little funny to me because I wouldn’t say that all the recipes inside are that basic.  At the same time, they are not at all difficult.  Did I just contradict myself? I […]

Chocolate Milkshake

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If you’ve been with Pennies for a while, you may remember a special guest writer, by the name of Ben…aka… my dear husband.    Do you remember what he wrote about?  You guessed it..milkshakes!  He thinks he’s a milkshake connoisseur and I have to admit I think it’s adorable. For Valentine’s Day this year, I […]

Basic Chocolate Ice Cream

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It was another warm day yesterday, so I thought it would be fitting to post another ice cream recipe.  Maybe I’m getting too excited for Spring.  I made this chocolate ice cream last week so I could make milkshakes for me and Ben.  (That was just a HUGE hint to my next post tomorrow!)  But, […]

Chinese Sundaes

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My coworker introduced me to this meal.  When she first told me about it, I thought she was crazy.  The mixture of ingredients just didn’t sound right.  After she told me that a friend introduced it to her and many of her friends have tried it and loved it, then it piqued my interest and […]

Homemade Bagels

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Ben has been on a bagel sandwich kick lately, so I thought “why not save money and make these bagels since I already have everything on hand?” He makes himself a bagel sandwich for lunch every day, which is nice because since I have to be at work at 6 am (eeks!) I don’t really […]

Cinnamon French Toast

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We had some leftover country bread that needed to be used soon or it would go bad.  I toyed with the idea of making bread pudding, but instead, had a craving for french toast this morning. So, I whipped up this quick and easy recipe..and I can guarantee you’ll have everything on hand.  And, if […]

Cornflake Chicken Strips

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We love Chick-Fil-A, but there isn’t one yet in the Chicago-land area.  Crazy, I know.  The closest one is about an hour drive north to Wisconsin (and, yes, we have made the drive just for the chicken!).  I needed to find a “go-to” chicken tenders recipe, fast.  This is it! The source where I found […]

Mama G’s Maryland Crab Cakes

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You do not even know how long I’ve been waiting to make these…and therefore post them.  It’s not exactly a penny pinching meal, but even Pennies on a Platter is allowed to splurge once in a while.  Every Christmas dinner at my in-law’s involves Mama G’s crab cakes.  And, if you haven’t figured it out […]

Cake Batter Ice Cream

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In celebration of my 2-Year Blog Birthday, I gave away a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker to one of my lucky readers.  Jessica was the winner!  Jessica’s favorite ice cream is Maggie’s Moo’s Better Batter, which I’ve had myself many times and also love.  So, I experimented and came up with what I think is a […]

And the winner is…

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First, before I announce the winner, I want to thank all of my readers for such nice comments!  It’s because of YOU and your comments that I’m encouraged to keep going with this blog. Let’s look at a list of your top ten favorite ice cream flavors: Your favorite… Mint Chocolate Chip! Next favorite… Chocolate! […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s not too late to check out these quick and easy ideas for a tasty Valentine’s treat! Just bake up your favorite brownies and use a heart-shape cookie cutter to cut them out.  Apply a ‘blob’ of your favorite icing and top with a candy conversation heart!  I gave this ‘I Want You’ heart to […]

Ultimate Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

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The girls came over the other night to watch the Bachelor (go Melissa!), so I whipped up these cupcakes from a cupcake calendar that one of the girls gave me for Christmas.  Unfortunately, that particular girlfriend was sick and didn’t end up making it.  When making these, I set two of them aside to send […]

Happy 2-Year Blog Birthday Giveaway! – Time’s Up!

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Time is up for the ice cream maker giveaway.  Thanks for all your comments and nice feedback!  Check back soon…  I’ll contact and post the winner Monday, 2/23 along with a recipe for their favorite ice cream! I’m so excited to announce that today is my 2-year blog birthday!  (Or, “blogiversary” as some call it.)  […]

Pasta Fagioli

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Seriously. This recipe is going around.  It’s been around, come around and back again.  So, I knew it had to be good after seeing it pop up on about a million, or ba-jillion, food blogs.  And, after trying it, I now understand why.  It’s such a perfect meal!  We had our friends over for dinner […]

Potato Slabs

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The last of my posts for Super Bowl 2009.  I saw this idea on Amber’s Delectable Delights.  The thought of another easy recipe was definitely appealing, so I added it to my menu list right away.  These pretty much have the same taste as Potato Skins, but not as much work since you do not […]

Quick Fix: Buffalo Chicken Mini Sandwiches

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This was the main plate I served at our Super Bowl party last Sunday.  I made these sandwiches into mini-sandwiches to multiply the serving size, and it worked out great!  With all of the other food served, mini-sandwiches were the perfect portion size.  These were a hit!  Very tasty and I love the buffalo hot […]

Blog Awards

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It is fun to receive these ‘unofficial’ blog awards from fellow bloggers, because it assures me that my time spent taking photos of my food and risking a cold meal is totally worth it because YOU enjoy reading my blog!  I received these three awards recently and wanted to take some time to pass them […]

Amano Chocolate – Jembrana

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I was lucky enough to be one of the very few to sample this new chocolate from Amano.  Months ago I sampled chocolate from there that was not my favorite, so was thrilled to have another chance to try a different flavor from a different region.  This Jembrana chocolate is made up of cocoa beans […]

Posh Piggies

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I fell in love with these right when I saw them on Tastespotting.  It’s another easy party dish that I made for our Super Bowl party.  The fun thing is, you can mix it up and use different cookie cutter shapes depending on your theme.  I just used the star cutter because I just thought […]

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies

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Bakerella is a genius, even if her genius ideas come from Betty Crocker, like this one. Allow me to continue praising Bakerella while I’m on the subject. If you haven’t checked out her website, you must now.  She’s so witty and creative with anything she puts together in the kitchen.  And, her food photos?…don’t even […]