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Zeppole (Italian Doughnuts)

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Last week, we had some friends over for dinner.  For the main dish I served the Italian Pasta Bake, so for dessert I wanted to stay true to the Italian theme.  When I received Giada’s New Italian Favorites cookbook for Christmas, this was one of the first recipes I marked.  A few weeks later, we […]

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Hope you’re wearing green today!

Mini Chocolate Stout Cakes

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As promised, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Stout Cake we served Saturday night for our friends in Detroit after the Chicken & Mushroom Boxty dinner. While my best friend and I were out shopping for the ingredients, I came across these miniature individual cake pans at Joann Fabrics.  Because these were just so […]

Chicken & Mushroom Boxty

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St Patty’s day is almost here.  Last week I made the Shamrock Shake Cupcakes, because I was getting the Irish itch.  This weekend, while visiting my best friend in Michigan, we decided to make an Irish meal and invited some of her friends over to share it with us. After contemplating a few options, we […]

Strawberry-Banana Muffins

Strawberry Banana Muffins with Streusel Topping from SeededAtTheTable.com

Ben and I are spending the weekend in Rochester Hills, MI visiting our good friends.  We arrived last night and spent the day at the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronners.  I grew up in Michigan, and ashamed to say I’ve never been to this place!  Afterwards, we headed to downtown Frankenmuth to do a little […]

Giada’s Lasagna Rolls

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If you do not like spinach, do not make these, or else use a different recipe for the filling.  Spinach was definitely the dominant flavor in these, which is not my favorite.  I’m posting the recipe anyway, since I know it’s a good one.  It’s just my particular taste buds…which can vary drastically from yours! […]

Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

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It’s only about a week until St. Patrick’s Day, so the buzz right now, as it is this time every year, are the Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s.  I’ve heard my coworkers talking about this shake lately, so I decided to surprise them with a cupcake version today. I’m not going to type out the recipe, […]

Kung Pao Chicken

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Add this to your meal plan for the week.  You will not regret it.  Speaking of meal plans, I’m thinking of adding a page or a link to weekly meal plans I’ve used.  Would this be something you’d like to see on Pennies on a Platter?  It’s only my husband and myself, so if you […]

Parmesan & Thyme Crackers

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I made these crackers as an appetizer for the Bachelor finale the other night, then forgot to serve them to the girls.  They were sitting on the table, but I forgot to point them out and serve the cheese with them.  So, here they are still left over in my kitchen.  I had a couple […]

Penny Pincher: Eat Lunch

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I know what you’re thinking.  “Eat lunch!?  That’s the tip you have for me today, Penny!? I eat lunch every day and it doesn’t save me any money!” Okay, okay… let me explain, before you throw an even bigger fit! My blog hit 100,000 visitors this week.  No, I didn’t receive 100,000 hits just in […]