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English Muffins


Lately, I haven’t had time to eat breakfast at home before running off to work.  I work so early (6 AM) that I’d rather use any extra minutes for sleep than sitting and eating a bowl of cereal.  Once in a while I’ll stop at Starbucks, but that’s definitely too expensive to try and do […]

Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich Cookies


Here’s the post you’ve been waiting for… for an entire day! Was it a long day?  It was for me!  I couldn’t wait to get home and post this.  Thanks, again, to Annie’s Eats for the wonderful timing in sharing this recipe!  (Right when Ben started his Little Debbie sandwich cookie kick.)  I brought a […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


I held a baby shower luncheon on Friday afternoon for my co-worker.  Our entire department (of around 12 people) were invited to come over to my home on their lunch break and celebrate.  I’ll post about the recipes I used later this week. Since it was during a lunch break, there wasn’t really any time […]

Apple Dippin’ Peanut Butter Cookies


Do you ever eat apples dipped in peanut butter? I do! So, when I saw these cookies on Picky Palate it didn’t take me long to decide to make them.  She’s brilliant for coming up with this recipe! My recommendation is to make these for consumption within a few hours (which really won’t be a […]

Foodbuzz Tastemakers: Kerrygold Butter


As part of Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker program, I periodically receive food samples to test.  Sometimes it’s an ingredient for a recipe, or sometimes it’s an actual product that should be eaten as is.  Recently, I received free butter from Kerrygold. This all-natural dairy product is from the heartland of Ireland and, therefore, was just in time […]

Zeppole (Italian Doughnuts)


Last week, we had some friends over for dinner.  For the main dish I served the Italian Pasta Bake, so for dessert I wanted to stay true to the Italian theme.  When I received Giada’s New Italian Favorites cookbook for Christmas, this was one of the first recipes I marked.  A few weeks later, we […]

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


Hope you’re wearing green today!

Mini Chocolate Stout Cakes


As promised, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Stout Cake we served Saturday night for our friends in Detroit after the Chicken & Mushroom Boxty dinner. While my best friend and I were out shopping for the ingredients, I came across these miniature individual cake pans at Joann Fabrics.  Because these were just so […]

Chicken & Mushroom Boxty


St Patty’s day is almost here.  Last week I made the Shamrock Shake Cupcakes, because I was getting the Irish itch.  This weekend, while visiting my best friend in Michigan, we decided to make an Irish meal and invited some of her friends over to share it with us. After contemplating a few options, we […]

Strawberry-Banana Muffins

Strawberry Banana Muffins with Streusel Topping from

Ben and I are spending the weekend in Rochester Hills, MI visiting our good friends.  We arrived last night and spent the day at the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronners.  I grew up in Michigan, and ashamed to say I’ve never been to this place!  Afterwards, we headed to downtown Frankenmuth to do a little […]

Giada’s Lasagna Rolls


If you do not like spinach, do not make these, or else use a different recipe for the filling.  Spinach was definitely the dominant flavor in these, which is not my favorite.  I’m posting the recipe anyway, since I know it’s a good one.  It’s just my particular taste buds…which can vary drastically from yours! […]

Shamrock Shake Cupcakes


It’s only about a week until St. Patrick’s Day, so the buzz right now, as it is this time every year, are the Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s.  I’ve heard my coworkers talking about this shake lately, so I decided to surprise them with a cupcake version today. I’m not going to type out the recipe, […]

Kung Pao Chicken


Add this to your meal plan for the week.  You will not regret it.  Speaking of meal plans, I’m thinking of adding a page or a link to weekly meal plans I’ve used.  Would this be something you’d like to see on Pennies on a Platter?  It’s only my husband and myself, so if you […]

Parmesan & Thyme Crackers


I made these crackers as an appetizer for the Bachelor finale the other night, then forgot to serve them to the girls.  They were sitting on the table, but I forgot to point them out and serve the cheese with them.  So, here they are still left over in my kitchen.  I had a couple […]

Penny Pincher: Eat Lunch


I know what you’re thinking.  “Eat lunch!?  That’s the tip you have for me today, Penny!? I eat lunch every day and it doesn’t save me any money!” Okay, okay… let me explain, before you throw an even bigger fit! My blog hit 100,000 visitors this week.  No, I didn’t receive 100,000 hits just in […]

Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream


*Updated 4/22/11 with new picture, title and tightened recipe. This is the creamiest ice cream I’ve made so far.  It is also my favorite I’ve made and I plan to make it over and over and over again.  But, that might also be because I love Oreos! I found this recipe at Culinary Cory and […]

The Final Rose Fruit Pizza


Last  night, my girlfriends and I watched 4 hours of the Bachelor finale.  The six of us girls watched the season together, but not on Mondays as it was aired.  Instead, we watched it recorded on Tuesdays.  However, the finale was 3 hours on Monday and then an additional hour on Tuesday.  So, we watched […]

Cheesy Chicken “Ben-chiladas”


I love that Annie’s husband’s name is Ben, too, so that I can also use the name “Ben-chiladas” for this recipe.  You’ll see over at Annie’s Eats that this is one of her “go-to” recipes, so I decided to finally give it a try.  I actually made this about two months ago and forgot to […]

Chicken, Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts with Cheese Tortellini in a Light Lemon Butter Sauce


Is that the longest recipe title you’ve ever seen?  I saw this recipe originally at Lauren’s Kitchen, where she condensed the title to “Chicken with Artichokes & Other Stuff.” She found it at Delicious Meliscious where it’s titled “Chicken, Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts with Cheese Tortellini.”  I was cracking up at the variations of the […]

Key Lime Coconut Cake


My friend, Stephanie, was out of town for a few days at a wedding in Costa Rica… lucky girl!  So, her husband, Brian, decided to invite Ben and a few other guys over for dinner and Rock Band. I thought that since Brian was making the guys dinner, the least I could do was send […]

Quick Fix: Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Mandarin Oranges & Pecans


The title of this post pretty must sums up the recipe. We were invited for dinner at our friends’ the other night. I asked what I could bring. She told me ‘nothing’ and, of course, I insisted, so she said ‘salad’. She mentioned she was making pork, so I asked some gals on a cooking […]