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Quick Fix: Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Mandarin Oranges & Pecans

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The title of this post pretty must sums up the recipe. We were invited for dinner at our friends’ the other night. I asked what I could bring. She told me ‘nothing’ and, of course, I insisted, so she said ‘salad’. She mentioned she was making pork, so I asked some gals on a cooking […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup & Curry Condiments

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This is another recipe from the book I received from my sister for Christmas, Barefoot Contessa’s Back to Basics. It’s title is a little funny to me because I wouldn’t say that all the recipes inside are that basic.  At the same time, they are not at all difficult.  Did I just contradict myself? I […]

Chocolate Milkshake

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If you’ve been with Pennies for a while, you may remember a special guest writer, by the name of Ben…aka… my dear husband.    Do you remember what he wrote about?  You guessed it..milkshakes!  He thinks he’s a milkshake connoisseur and I have to admit I think it’s adorable. For Valentine’s Day this year, I […]

Basic Chocolate Ice Cream

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It was another warm day yesterday, so I thought it would be fitting to post another ice cream recipe.  Maybe I’m getting too excited for Spring.  I made this chocolate ice cream last week so I could make milkshakes for me and Ben.  (That was just a HUGE hint to my next post tomorrow!)  But, […]

Chinese Sundaes

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My coworker introduced me to this meal.  When she first told me about it, I thought she was crazy.  The mixture of ingredients just didn’t sound right.  After she told me that a friend introduced it to her and many of her friends have tried it and loved it, then it piqued my interest and […]

Homemade Bagels

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Ben has been on a bagel sandwich kick lately, so I thought “why not save money and make these bagels since I already have everything on hand?” He makes himself a bagel sandwich for lunch every day, which is nice because since I have to be at work at 6 am (eeks!) I don’t really […]

Cinnamon French Toast

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We had some leftover country bread that needed to be used soon or it would go bad.  I toyed with the idea of making bread pudding, but instead, had a craving for french toast this morning. So, I whipped up this quick and easy recipe..and I can guarantee you’ll have everything on hand.  And, if […]

Cornflake Chicken Strips

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We love Chick-Fil-A, but there isn’t one yet in the Chicago-land area.  Crazy, I know.  The closest one is about an hour drive north to Wisconsin (and, yes, we have made the drive just for the chicken!).  I needed to find a “go-to” chicken tenders recipe, fast.  This is it! The source where I found […]

Mama G’s Maryland Crab Cakes

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You do not even know how long I’ve been waiting to make these…and therefore post them.  It’s not exactly a penny pinching meal, but even Pennies on a Platter is allowed to splurge once in a while.  Every Christmas dinner at my in-law’s involves Mama G’s crab cakes.  And, if you haven’t figured it out […]

Cake Batter Ice Cream

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In celebration of my 2-Year Blog Birthday, I gave away a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker to one of my lucky readers.  Jessica was the winner!  Jessica’s favorite ice cream is Maggie’s Moo’s Better Batter, which I’ve had myself many times and also love.  So, I experimented and came up with what I think is a […]