Carrot Cake Cheesecake


Our latest obsession with carrot cake is this cheesecake that comes from the Cheesecake Factory.  My best friend introduced it to us this year and I have to admit that we have since made special trips there just to get a slice! Every year, Ben requests Carrot Cake for his birthday.  This year, I wanted […]

Homemade Baby Food: Egg Yolk Omelet


As promised last week, I have this one last baby food recipe to share.  Judah is a very good eater, and I’m so happy that I was able to make most of his baby food during these past few months.  Now he is able to eat most everything we eat, but I still have to […]

Copycat Recipe: Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits


Yesterday was Ben’s birthday.  In addition to the gift I bought him, I told him he could choose whatever he wanted for dinner…the dessert and all.  He came up with Pasta Fagioli and this Italian Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert.  Along side the main dish, he requested some biscuits I’ve posted before and called […]

Top 100 Baby Purees Giveaway Winner – And a Run-in with Glee!


We had fun this weekend spending time as tourists in our new home of Southern California.  We saw a Ghost Town and visited Sea World, ate Sprinkle Cupcakes…but the highlight was when a friend toured us around Paramount Studios where we ran into cast members from Glee! Above, that’s “Artie” from the show with me, […]

Tropical Pizza


Last week I posted this Pineapple-Mango Salsa that Ben and I absolutely love.  In that post, I mentioned I would share with you another way I’ve used the salsa, which I’m calling Tropical Pizza.  The Perfect Pizza Crust is topped with the salsa, barbecue sauce, bacon and cheese.  How can you not love it!? I’m […]

Owl Towels


We have friends visiting us from Tennessee, so I’m busy being a tourist with them in the great foodie city of LA, hopefully showing them a good time.  Unfortunately, this means no spare minute for me to post a recipe for you today.  But, I just had to share these adorable towels with you that […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops


These darling sweets are no exception to the pumpkin and chocolate combo…delicious!  They were originally posted as cookies, but I couldn’t help but think of muffin tops every time I ate them.  They are cakey, more like muffins, rather than like cookies. I made these on the larger scale so that they resembled muffin tops, […]

Pineapple Mango Salsa


It may seem untimely to post such a tropical recipe in the middle of Autumn.  But, I really couldn’t wait any longer to share this with you, and soon another recipe where I used this salsa again.  I made this for the first time last month and wish I had been making it all summer! […]

Oven Baked Potato Wedges


Here, on Pennies on a Platter, you have seen recipes for Oven Baked Tater Tots and Oven Baked French Fries.  I have continued my oven baked potato experimenting and now bring you Oven Baked Potato Wedges.  I love the heartiness of wedges over fries and tots.  Although, I definitely have to be in the mood […]

Homemade Baby Food – A Giveaway! (CLOSED)


UPDATE 10/25/10:  This giveaway is now closed.  The winner will be announced tomorrow. Judah is now eating a lot of the food that we eat, which makes things much easier for me.  But, it also means I don’t have many more favorite homemade baby food recipes to share.  In fact, I believe I only have […]

Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches


Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches might be too long of a title, but I wanted to capture its every essence.  🙂  Earlier this week when I posted the recipe for the Pumpkin Ice Cream, I promised to share how I used it with another favorite treat.  Here it is!  This was in my mind all […]

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes


You haven’t seen the last of my fall pumpkin addiction.  Dare I say I’m just getting started?  😉  A few weeks ago I had some friends over for these pumpkin waffles that I love, but then the other morning I had that pumpkin craving once again (surprise surprise!) and didn’t have enough time to make […]

What I Had for Dinner Last Night


After enjoying this for dinner last night, I realized I needed to remind you of it’s goodness, or greatness(!) if I dare.  Do you remember the Loaded Baked Potato Soup? My picture was horrendous, so I may have scared you away (yes, I kept it there but also added an updated one).  It’s one of […]

Pumpkin Bars


Ben asks for pumpkin bars all year round, but I never cave in to make them until the fall.  Much to Ben’s dismay, the rule in our house is that pumpkin-anything is for the fall season.  I like pumpkin things way too much to risk myself getting sick of it by enjoying it all year. […]

Pumpkin Ice Cream


Each year I make a note to try pumpkin ice cream and each year I forget until the fall season is over where I’m no longer in the mood.  This time, I didn’t forget.  I have a white board on my fridge where I’ve written all the pumpkin recipes I want to try, and this […]

Oven Baked Tater Tots


Were you wondering what I did with the excess of potatoes I scooped from these Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins?  I wouldn’t blame you.  You can set your mind at ease knowing that I found use of the extra pulp and made these tater tots.  How could I throw out perfectly good potatoes when I knew […]

Rigatoni di Gregorio


Rigatoni di Gregorio, or otherwise known as Rigatoni ‘D’, is not a new recipe here and certainly not a forgotten one in our household.  Like many Italian dishes, this Maggiano’s inspired meal can be sort of heavy, so we especially enjoy it in the fall and winter cooler weather. It’s been almost exactly 3 years […]

Snickerdoodle Cookies


Snickerdoodle cookies have always been something I’ve enjoyed, but never thought about making.  I’m clueless as to why!  These are probably one of the easiest cookie recipes I have ever encountered.  We’ve been enjoying them all week.  They are also great for freezing and then popping in the microwave for a few seconds before devouring. […]

Candy Corn Crunch


Have I ever mentioned that I do not like candy, with the exception of chocolate?  However, offer me some chocolate M&M’s and I will turn them away.  Bleh.  UNLESS…they are hidden in trail mix, cookies or some sort of bigger dessert.  Then I’ll eat them until my belly hurts! The same goes for candy corn.  […]

Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins


As luck would have it, I love these potato skins.  Are they good for you?  No.  Are they addictive?  Yes.  See my luck?  Addictive and fattening.  So much for losing that baby weight!  🙂 This is another game day must!  I’m posting this early Monday morning so you can run out to the store today […]

Pumpkin Scones


Happy October!  This breakfast treat is the perfect way to welcome in my favorite month of the year.  I’m in full pumpkin mode and ready to share my pumpkin adventures with you this fall.  You’ve already seen (and hopefully have tried) the Pumpkin Bread French Toast my family enjoyed this week.  But, I’ve got more […]