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Easter Nest Sugar Cookies


Happy Friday!  I’m leaving you this weekend with a fun little project you can do with your kids, or your friends’ kids, or just your friends.  (I have a wide demographic of readers, so you know where you fit in.)  😉 The other day I baked up the miniature soft frosted sugar cookies and decorated […]

Shaved Asparagus and Carrot Salad with a Creamy Citrus Dressing


There’s not much to say about this one.  The other week’s Shaved Asparagus Pizza inspired me to incorporate my leftover shaved asparagus into a salad.  I also had carrots on hand, so I thought “why not give them a little shave, too?”  I then piled the ribbons over top a handful of lettuce, drizzled with […]

Falafel with Spicy Yogurt Sauce


Don’t you dare close your computer window right now just because you were scared off by “falafel” in the title.  In fact, I am begging you to try this recipe before you write it off.  Some of you are already familiar with falafel and love it.  But, I know many of you have never heard […]

Food Blog Forum Orlando 2012


Last week, I received a phone call from Julie (organizer of Food Blog Forum Orlando) that there was a cancellation for the food blogging conference I wanted to attend, but was sold out by the time I heard about it.  I was on the waiting list, and lucky for me, someone else backed out last […]

Memphis-Style Coleslaw


Once upon a time, I hated coleslaw. That was a long time ago. Now, I still dislike most ‘slaws served in restaurants (as I mentioned before) but I love throwing together different variations at home. This recipe introduced me to a new type of spice I hadn’t used before, called celery seeds.  We use celery […]

Avocado Chocolate Pudding


Do you eat dessert every night?  We don’t, but I really wish we did/could!  It probably wouldn’t be a wise choice, though, because dessert in my mind is something sweet and sugary, usually heavy laden with bad calories that push you over the edge.  I know dessert doesn’t have to be this way, but that’s […]

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes


I’m on my way out of town for the weekend.  Although I wasn’t compelled to make any new St. Patrick’s Day recipes this year, you can always refer to past years’ recipes that I love. Have a great weekend!  And, don’t forget to wear green tomorrow! (Thanks to my friend, Rebekah, for the Saint Patrick’s […]

Shaved Asparagus Pizza


Wednesday night is pizza night in our home.  It’s the day of the week that Ben teaches late, so for some reason that constituted pizza night in my mind.  Friday seems to be a popular day for families to enjoy their homemade pizzas, but we always seem to find a reason to go out on […]

Roasted Banana Cream Pie with Butterscotch Ganache


Today is Pi Day, did you know?  Typically, every year I forget about this celebrated day until I open my Google reader and find many food bloggers posting a pie recipe.  Get it? Pi or Pie? Pi Day is not really to celebrate the food, pie, but instead is a day for mathematicians to recognize […]

Chicken Parmesan Pizza


I love having pizza dough stocked in our freezer.  Just throw it in the fridge in the morning and it’s thawed and ready to shape for dinner in the evening.  Even better is having pizza toppings ready to toss on for a quick meal.  Such is the case with this pizza.  As Josie suggested when […]

Perfectly Puffy Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies


You must know that my favorite cookies are the Perfectly Puffy Chocolate Chip Cookies here on the blog.  They are Ben’s favorite, too.  But, you must also know that I have played around with different variations of it and this is one of my favorite variations.  It’s just a simple substitution of butterscotch pudding for […]

Cheers to Five Years! A KitchenAid Food Processor Giveaway! – CLOSED


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and has been on this blogging journey with me!  The winners (chosen randomly by of the 5 products are listed below.  Congratulations!  You should receive an email from me shortly with further instructions.  Winner of the King Arthur Pastry Mat: Tonia, who said, “Congrads on the […]

How To Cook Rice on the Stovetop


Steps and tips for how to cook white and brown rice on the stove with perfect results. For many years, I would try to cook rice on the stove top with unsuccessful results.  Most times I would end up with crunchy rice, and on rare occasions it would be extremely mushy.  I tried many different […]

Chocolate Chip Bumpy Cakes


Since the day I shared the original Breakfast Bumpy Cake recipe with you, I have tried a couple of successful flavor variations.  One was suggested by a reader, but this one that I’m giving you today was just an obvious one that popped into my mind one morning.  In my household, we always love a […]

Create Your Own Recipe Box at Pennies on a Platter!


A few months ago, you probably noticed a new “Save Recipe” option attached to each post.  I’m finally ready to officially announce this new feature on the blog.  Pennies on a Platter has teamed up with ZipList so you can create your own personalized online recipe box, and then add the ingredients to your shopping […]