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Penny’s Weekend Garnish

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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**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 […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish

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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. Dulce de Leche – Finding a safer way to make this caramel sauce at home. Baba Ganouj – A Middle-Eastern eggplant dip that will keep you coming […]

Five-Minute (Healthy) Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

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If you haven’t splurged and bought your ice cream maker yet, then today is your lucky day.  Here is a perfectly delicious ice cream recipe that does not use an ice cream machine, and instead uses a blender or food processor (whichever you have on hand).  Or, maybe you are on a strict dairy-free diet […]

Baba Ghanouj (Baba Ghanoush)

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When we moved here last August (to the middle of nowhere) from one of the best food cities in America, I was skeptical on trying any of the local restaurants.  Much to my delight, we have found a couple of very appetizing “mom-and-pop” restaurants that we love.  Our favorite is a Middle Eastern joint located […]

Dulce de Leche

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I remember a few years ago when I was first introduced to dulce de leche.  It was an embarrassing event of trying to pronounce it correctly and then trying to figure out what exactly I was eating.  By the looks of it I was guessing peanut butter or caramel.  I licked the jar clean and […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish

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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. Strawberry Agua Fresca – A cool and refreshing fruity drink, perfect for summer. Sweet Cherry Pie – You will want to make this before fresh cherries are […]

Cherry Sorbet

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Sorbet (also known to some as sherbet) is a nice low-fat alternative to ice cream.  Made mainly of fruit mixed with water and its juices, the flavor is brightened with the addition of a little bit of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.  The icy coolness becomes a refreshing indulgence right after any meal. […]

Sweet Cherry Pie

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Sweet Cherry Pie, homemade with fresh cherries, can be a bit tedious but is well worth the steps involved.  This still sounds strange to me, coming out of my mouth, as I’m embarrassed to admit that up until only months ago I thought I did not like cherries.  Even more embarrassing is the reason why.  […]

Strawberry Agua Fresca

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If you did a search on here for beverages, you would find a very short list.  I really want to make a change to that, especially after guzzling this fresh strawberry drink the other week.  Now I have a catalog of homemade drink recipes I want to try, from lemonade variations to cocktails even.  I […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish

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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. Must-Have Salsa – My favorite salsa can now be made in my own home.  And, this recipe makes a ton to last us days! Key Lime Pie […]

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

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There is hardly a day that I’m not in the mood for grilled chicken.  If it weren’t for the hassle of working with raw chicken (really, the only hassle is that it’s totally gross) then I think I would grill it every day.  Grilled chicken is so nice to have on hand to throw into […]

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream and a Giveaway!

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Lemons and limes are the refreshing tastes of the summer, along with a big scoop of ice cream.  A few years ago I thought about turning key lime pie and ice cream into one, but I never did try it.  Why oh why did I take this long to finally give in? At the LA […]

Must-Have Salsa

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We always have chips and salsa in our house, and usually do not go one day without snacking on them.  Until recently, I would buy a certain brand of refrigerated salsa at our local grocery store that we really liked and was surprisingly pretty cheap.  It was always fresh and available, so I didn’t have […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish

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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. Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream – Continuing further into National Ice Cream Month, I tried this different ice cream concoction that involves making your own marshmallows.  Delicious results! […]

S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Here it is!  The final post of the three related recipes I wanted to share with you.  Yesterday and the day before, you saw recipes for homemade Graham Crackers and Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream.   These two were leading up to today’s S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches. I thought about making these a long time ago, and […]