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Broccoli with Orange Sauce

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I need to stock my recipe files with more fruits and veggies. This recipe fits both categories as it includes broccoli and oranges. It seemed to be a strange combination as I was reading the recipe, but not when we tasted it! It was great and we’ll definitely have it again. The biggest benefit…it’s super […]

Linguine with Mushrooms & Ham

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I’m on this kick where I want to try some healthier recipes. So many of our friends, family, and friends and family of friends (!) are having health issues, particularly associated with heart complications. It’s very sad and dispiriting to hear of these things, so it makes me want to ensure Ben and I are […]

MiniCards by Moo.com

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Tired of writing down your blog address on a scrap piece of paper to share with your friends and family? Or, maybe you don’t even have a writing utensil when the moment is right to tell someone about your blog? Here’s the solution: Order some MiniCards at Moo.com! These are probably the hippest little things […]

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 […]