Broccoli Salad


Are you ready for the long Memorial Day weekend?  I apologize to those of you who have to work Monday, and if it’s any consolation, since my husband is a Pastor and works every Sunday, we technically don’t have a long weekend either.  So, I guess the real question is, are you ready for cooking/grilling […]

Bridal Shower ‘Tushie Cookies


Almost two weeks ago we attended one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve witnessed.  The ceremony and reception were both held outdoors in the foothills of the gorgeous mountains that surround us.  About a week prior to the wedding, I made these cookies as a party favor for the bride’s lingerie shower.  I wish I […]

Tropical Fusion Salad – Readers’ Recipes, May 2011


This month, I am happy to share this salad recipe from a fellow Pastor’s wife, Jacqui.  Jacqui lives in Michigan (also my former home state, holla!) and comes from a long line of “foodies.”  She learned to cook in junior high and developed a bigger love for it soon after she was married.  Although she […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish


From left to right: Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, Matt from Matt Bites, Rachael from La Fuji Mama, Judah and Me, Nancy from A Communal Table, Brooke from Food Woolf, Carrie from Deliciously Organic, Quyen from Kitchen Runway, and Melissa from The Fresh 20. (See story below) This Week on Pennies on a Platter This […]

Lemonade Cheesecake


Is Spring in the air, finally, where you live?  Believe it or not, it’s still up and down here.  I was warned.  A friend told me months ago that a week of warm weather would arrive in March, then it would get cold again, then the temperature would rise, followed by another downfall to the […]

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread


If I could sum up my mom’s side of our family in just a few words, it is that we all love eating bread.  Okay, so we go deeper than that, but that’s just a little bit of insight into our food preferences.  🙂  We typically scarf down Italian bread or some sort of doughy […]

Big and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Even though yesterday was National Chocolate Chip Day, I made these cookies last week as the second recipe to try out of my new cookbook.  If I didn’t know I was going to be devouring other sweets at our church’s Newcomer’s Dessert, I would have made these again yesterday in a heartbeat to celebrate 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. Quinoa and Black Bean Salad – Another attempt at staying healthy.  Quinoa goes southwestern. Parmesan Breadsticks – Make Pizza Hut breadsticks at home! Seven-Layer Bars – Also […]

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:  […]

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.  […]

Mexican Egg Skillet


You have one more day to plan your Cinco de Mayo menu.  Why not start it off with a simply delicious breakfast and make this Mexican Egg Skillet?  Ben and I would always order from the skillet menu at our favorite breakfast place back in Illinois.  The one we ordered most often included potatoes, ham, […]

Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake


This week we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo (“fifth of May”) which is when everyone likes to use it as an excuse to chow down on some delicious Mexican food.  As I mentioned in the latest “Weekend Garnish” post, I’m a newer fan of Mexican food, so I really do not have a huge index […]

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. Enchilada Lasagna – A perfect meal to serve to your guests, still leaving you with delicious leftovers. Cinnamon Buns – The first recipe featuring one of my […]

Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Ice Cream


I’m on a serious ice cream rage.  Each morning I wake up thinking about what type I want to make next.  If it wasn’t for the limited space in my freezer and the potential for extra rolls on my body, I’m sure I would make a new flavor every day. I’ve also been turned on […]

Cinnamon Buns – Readers’ Recipes, April 2011


Welcome to the first edition of Readers’ Recipes!  I’m so excited to start this monthly series and have really enjoyed going through your submissions.  If you’re not sure what the Readers’ Recipes is all about, please click here for more information and to submit your recipe for a possible feature next month. For the month […]

Enchilada Lasagna


Every so often I come across an old recipe on my blog where I’m guessing the photo makes you quickly click away in disgust.  This was one of those posts.  Although we eat this often in our house, I would always forget to take a new picture of it.  Finally, I remembered!  But, not only […]

Friday Favs at Beantown Baker

Today is the last day of my vacation.  When I think of vacation, I think of warm weather and sunshine.  But, that’s what I left behind at home, and this vacation consisted of rain, wind, cold temperatures and even snow.  Hello, Midwest! Despite the cold, I’m leaving you today with an ice cream recipe that […]

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies


It wasn’t too long ago that these cookies went viral around the food blogging world.  When seeing them pop up on blog after blog, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to give them a try.  The verdict?  Honestly, they weren’t my favorite.  Just a tad bit too much for me.  But, […]