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Bruschetta Burgers

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As our moving date gets closer, we are getting busier with packing and seeing friends before we leave.  This means fast dishes are essential, especially at lunch time.  These burgers served up a fantastic quick meal the other day when we had only a moment to spare and grab a bite to eat.  To help […]

BBQ Beef Casserole

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Casserole?!  Yes, a casserole.  Sorry, this one just has to be shared.  I know a few people who have quite the aversion to casseroles.  I really do not understand why as casseroles are usually easy to throw together (plus!) and they typically are big enough to feed a small crowd (double plus!).  However, there are […]

Island Pork Tenderloin

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Pork Tenderloin can be made in so many different ways.  It’s definitely a “go-to” dish for many people.  I especially love this variation because it’s easy to make, yet its sweet and saucy flavor impresses. I’m not sure why, but I love slapping rubs on meat.  There’s something satisfying about using a combination of the […]

Snappy Chicken Satay

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Spring weather is finally arriving.  Time to make regular use of the grill again.  This was one of the first meals from our grill this season.  It is easy and fantastic! (The original recipe says to grill for only 1 minute on each side, but I do not see how that is possible.) Snappy Chicken […]

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 […]

Cheesy Chicken “Ben-chiladas”

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I love that Annie’s husband’s name is Ben, too, so that I can also use the name “Ben-chiladas” for this recipe.  You’ll see over at Annie’s Eats that this is one of her “go-to” recipes, so I decided to finally give it a try.  I actually made this about two months ago and forgot to […]

Chicken Scaloppine with Saffron Cream Sauce

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This is another recipe I made from the book my sister bought me for Christmas, Giada’s Kitchen.  Ben and I both loved the flavor of the saffron and creamy sauce.  It was a light meal for us, which is always nice so that we didn’t (as we have grown to say) feel like ‘death’ afterwards.  […]

Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

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Happy New Years! I slept in until 10:30 today. How about you? It felt great! We were in the city to see Phantom of the Opera at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. It was a great show! We took the train to and from the city, and even though it was a short walk from the […]

Green Chile Chicken Empanadas

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Thanks to my friend, Emily (who just started a food blog titled Joy of Cooking), dinner tonight was very easy! I used a recipe from her site called Green Chile Beef Empanadas and made a few changes to my tastes. Instead of beef, I used taco flavored shredded chicken (store bought in a tub). It […]

Biscuit-Topped Italian Casserole

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My sister and I bought new Le Creuset baking dishes on a great sale at Macy’s. They are the first Le Creuset’s I’ve owned, so naturally I was excited to use at least one of them right away. So, before I left work, I searched AllRecipes.com for a quick and easy casserole recipe where I […]

Mushroom Parmesan

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Great vegetarian meal! Neither Ben or I are vegetarians, but I saw this recipe on Everyday Italian on the Food Network, of course. It looked so delish I had to try! We loved it! Since it’s made with Portobello mushrooms, it has more of a meaty texture to it and is very filling. We had […]

Poppyseed Chicken

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I love this stuff! Cheap AND Easy!!! In college, my roomies and I would always sneak more of this from the cafeteria back to our dorm rooms for a nice midnight snack. You might be thinking “Cafeteria food? Yuck!” But, no….not when it came to the Poppyseed Chicken! I just got the recipe a few […]

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

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If you ever visit a church for the first time, see if they have a welcome packet for new visitors. Highland Hills Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI has the best welcome kit! My sister and brother-in-law attended this church regularly when they lived in Grand Rapids, along with my ex-boyfriend, so I visited a […]