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Fried Ice Cream


In the last two weeks, I’ve been in eight different states and hosted two baby showers.  Traveling is taking its toll on me, but at the same time I’m enjoying every minute.  Before leaving, I had BIG intentions on scheduling posts for you while I was gone so we wouldn’t miss a beat on this […]

Chocolate Chip Scones


In my opinion, fewer things make a finer morning breakfast than a cup of coffee accompanied with a delicious scone.  Although I’ve enjoyed a handful of different scone recipes in the past, I believe I have finally perfected the ultimate dough formula in these chocolate chip scones.  Everyone has different tastes, but my favorite type […]

The Simplest Tomato Sauce


You’ve heard it from me once or twice that we eat a lot of spaghetti in my home and I’m not ashamed of it.  My mother instilled this habit on me, so it definitely has become nostalgic.  I already shared with you my favorite spaghetti meat sauce that stores in my freezer, ready to be […]

Sparkling Italian Lemonade

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Have you ever started something, maybe a job, a task, a trip, or a hobby, where you didn’t know how it was going to end up or even how you were going to get there, but you blindly jump-started it and took off?  Then, at some point later you looked back and thought “I am […]

Amish-Style Smothered Mushroom Burgers


Have you ever had a meal that immediately made you think of someone after the first bite?  This burger made me think of my dad.  My dad is one of those guys that likes his food a little more…well…bland.   I’m not saying this is a bad thing, and I’m definitely not complaining.  He’s pure in […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish


The Grill ‘Em All gourmet food truck we checked out this week.  (Story below.) 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. Grilled Peaches and Plums – A quick and healthy summer dessert or side […]

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, French-Style


There are primarily two methods in making ice cream.  One is called Philadelphia-style and only requires mixing together your cream and sugar with another flavoring, then dumping into the ice cream maker.  The other (my favorite) is called French-style and includes cooking up a custard base to give the ice cream a richer taste and […]

DIY Homemade Flour Tortillas


It seems many bloggers have a bucket list of sorts.  Most of them have publicly written about them and call them a 30 by 30 list (30 recipes they want to try before turning the age of 30) or 101 things I need to do before I die, etc.  I’m here to admit, I definitely […]

Grilled Peaches and Plums


This summer I have shared some lunch and dinner recipes for the grill, but what about desserts?  A few years ago I made brownies in my cast-iron skillet on our grill.  The power suddenly went out and my brownie batter was already mixed.  So, we lit up the grill and baked up one of the […]

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. Iced Coffee – Do-it-yourself iced coffee saves you from breaking your piggy bank! Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas – These can offer a beautiful presentation when plated into […]

Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas


Now that I live in Southern California, I’ve been diving into the world of Mexican food.  I’ve shared with you before that I’ve never been a fan, until recently.  Ben is partially responsible for my conversion, but I think the other reason is because I’ve finally been exposed to good Mexican food.  Through-out my childhood […]

Iced Coffee


**This recipe has been updated.  Please click here for the newest version.** If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, a few months ago you probably noticed my update about enjoying a vanilla iced coffee that I made at home.  Iced coffee is an addiction for me during the spring and summer months, and I […]