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Cavatelli

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This is one of my favorite meals. Cavatelli with vodka sauce. My friend introduced this lovely pasta to me a few years ago when we had a girls night at a random Italian restaurant in Oak Park. We didn’t know what we were going to do, or where we were going to go… so we […]

Happy Birthday Pennies on a Platter!!!

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It’s unbelievable! Today is the one year birthday of Pennies on a Platter! When I started this blog, I didn’t even know how many other food blogs were out there. The one blog that gave me inspiration was Joe’s Culinary in the Country, but after I started mine and began receiving comments from other “Foodies” […]

I’ve Been Tagged!!

This is the first time I’ve been tagged in the food blogging world. Kayte from Kayte’s Kitchen tagged me this morning, so I thought I’d answer it also this morning. Today is also the 1-year birthday of my food blog… so I plan on posting my favorite recipes from the last 12 months a little […]

Penny Pincher: Ask for a Smaller Portion

When Ben and I went to Red Robin a few weeks ago, we wanted to get the onion rings as an appetizer. The waiter voluntarily offered a smaller portion to us at a cheaper price. This was not listed on the menu, but he said we could order any of the appetizers at a smaller […]

Burger-Potato Bites

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  Print Burger-Potato Bites 16 large frozen French-fried waffle-cut potatoes (1/3 of a 22-oz pkg) 1 lb ground beef Lawry’s seasoning salt, to taste Kosher salt Pepper 4 slices cheddar cheese, cut in quarters (I used the pre-sliced cracker cuts) 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced Mustard, ketchup, sour cream, and/or picklesPreheat oven to 400 degrees. […]

Super Bowl… Stress and Success!

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Yesterday we had a few friends over for the Super Bowl. I planned to make quite a bit of food… and mostly new recipes. For some reason, I thought I had all the time in the world to start making the food. When it got to be 3:45pm and I was on the video iChat […]

Penny Pincher: Split Your Meal

Okay, so my Penny Pincher ideas may seem pretty obvious and elementary, but I think we can all use encouragement to actually use the Penny Pinchers! Such as this one. When eating out with your spouse, or even a friend, try your best to just split your meal. We all know that most restaurants serve […]

Daring Bakers Challenge: Lemon Meringue Pie

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This was my first month as a Daring Baker. I’ve been reading their blog for months now and finally built up the courage to join and take on the challenge! I’m hoping to learn a lot about baking while in this group. January’s challenge was Lemon Meringue Pie. For those who are not familiar with […]

Penny Pincher: Save Those Expired Coupons!

Some of my Penny Pincher tips might be old news to you, but my hope is that at least one person out there finds it as a new idea. Today’s Penny Pincher tip is about saving your coupons even after the expiration date. In one of my college marketing classes, I distinctly remember my professor […]

Penny Pinchers

I’m in Nashville, TN right now for a girls weekend. We drove down last night and made it to our hotel at about 2 AM. It’s a little early now, but I’m so excited to head out for the day that I couldn’t sleep any longer. Another reason I woke up is because while laying […]