Sweet Potato Casserole


Do you call it Sweet Potato Casserole or Sweet Potato Pie?  It’s like poh-tay-toh or poh-tah-toh in my book.  🙂 Thanksgiving is officially NEXT week.  Can you believe it? NEXT week!?   I’ve never roasted a turkey, therefore I have no tips for you there.  So, I decided that this week I’m going to focus on […]

Beef Brisket with BBQ Sauce


Beef brisket and pulled pork are favorites in this household.  As I was making beef brisket for dinner the other night, I realized the post I had on this was ancient and needed some updating!  Although I wasn’t able to capture the best photo, it certainly beats what I previously shared…in 2007. This is a […]

Sweet Corn Bread Muffins


Ben and I have an addiction for barbecue.  One of our favorites (when you combine taste, price and availability of sweet tea) is Famous Dave’s.  Although it’s a chain, we love it.  Now that we have moved to the desert of California, the closest Famous Dave’s restaurant is about 45 minutes, as the natives here […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Revel Bars


Starting this week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (MWF) are going to be our favorite days.  You may have been getting used to seeing new recipes from me five days a week, Monday through Friday.  Now, as the end of the year draws near, my life is going to be filled with a lot of traveling […]

Easy King Ranch Chicken


My friend, Stephanie, introduced this meal to me a few years ago.  She mentioned King Ranch Chicken is a Texas staple, which is where she is from.  There are many variations of this dish, but I have found this one to be the easiest while it’s very delicious!  This is a simple casserole for those […]

Queso Blanco, The First Attempt


Queso Blanco… it’s that yummy white cheese dip that you enjoy at *some* Mexican restaurants.  Ben and I love it, but it’s proven hard to find.  Even more difficult is finding a recipe for it!  I’ve been on the lookout for a few years now, so you can imagine my “hip-hip hooraying” when I saw […]

Pumpkin Recipes in Review


Can you believe we are already halfway through Fall?  Thanksgiving is THIS month! Yikes!  Are you ready? Let’s take a quick breather and review the pumpkin recipes I’ve enjoyed so far this season.  Have you tried them yet? Pumpkin Bread French Toast   Pumpkin Scones   Pumpkin Ice Cream   Pumpkin Bars   Pumpkin Spice […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies


What?!  You thought I was done posting pumpkin recipes?  Ha!  I fooled you! 🙂 A few weeks ago, Ben and I started leading the college group at church.  To start things out right, I decided to bring a batch of these brownies to one of our first Bible studies.  It was a busy day, so […]

Halloween Candy Bark


Happy day after Halloween!  Are you recovering well from candy overdose or are you (like me) still indulging in all its sweetness?  🙂  I bookmarked this recipe a few weeks ago to share with you today, so that you can make use of your leftover Halloween candy in a more creative way than just shamelessly […]

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 […]