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Seven-Layer Bars (Magic Bars)


I’ve been in a really good mood lately.  Not that it’s completely out of the norm, but I’ve currently had numerous days in a row where I’ve been uplifted and ready to conquer the world.  (In my book, “conquer the world” means getting things done around the house.)   More insight into my character:  When […]

Parmesan Breadsticks


Back when I worked full time in Illinois, my coworkers and I would often hit up the Pizza Hut lunch buffet.  Secretly, I was there for the breadsticks.  This recipe was compared to the Pizza Hut breadsticks, which is what attracted me to it.   I will have to say, they were close as the recipe […]

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad


This is a recipe I’ve been sitting on for a while.  I first had it over Thanksgiving week while I was visiting friends and family in the Midwest.  My friend, Cara, introduced it to me.  She told me how much she liked the flavors, but her husband wasn’t crazy about the dish altogether.  So, she […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish


This Week on Pennies on a Platter This section highlights the recipes posted this week on Pennies on a Platter and other updates to the blog, if any. Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake – A not-so-traditional food to add to your Cinco de Mayo menu each year.  This immediately became one of our favorite desserts. Mexican […]

Hot Dog Buns


Before we moved last August, we sold our grill.  Facing its fourth move in only 5 years, it just wasn’t going to make it across country.   We knew that once the moving truck arrived to our new home in California, the grill would probably limp down the ramp with at least a few broken pieces.  […]