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“TCHO Is Obsessively Good Dark Chocolate”

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To my ecstatic surprise, last week I received BlakeMakes‘ latest giveaway in the mail…TCHO Chocolate! It was a surprise not because I didn’t know about the giveaway (trust me, I’m borderline stalker when it comes to Blake’s giveaways) but because he announced only the first 40 commenters on his blog would receive the chocolate, and […]

Ham and Cheese Panini’s

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My in-law’s were in town last weekend. We made the trek to Madison, WI while they were here to see Ben’s brother and wife. Before we got on the road to start our 2 hour drive, I made a quick lunch out of some delicious french bread, maple ham, provolone cheese, lettuce and dijon mustard. […]

Tomato Basil Elephant Ears

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I’ve posted about these before when I made them for the Super Bowl party. But, I didn’t take a photo then and I linked you to my friend’s food blog for the recipe. Now I have a photo, and I’ll also post the recipe on my blog. The recipe comes from Ina Garten (The Barefoot […]

Penny Pincher: Whip Your Own Cream Cheese!

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Wow.. it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Penny Pincher. I’ll have to apologize to my..hmmm…maybe two?.. readers who look forward to them. This is a tip I learned from an article I read, and unfortunately I can’t remember the magazine! It’s such an easy idea, one that I surely could have thought of […]

Memories Illustrated

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My friend, Jamie, just made her talents into a creative business! She can draw your fondest memories into a comic strip type illustration so you can frame it and display it. It’s so cool! Below is the illustration of my wedding. Soon I’ll be ordering illustrations of my engagement and honeymoon for a complete set. […]

Mushroom Chicken Cream Pasta

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I found this recipe out of a Ladies Home Journal magazine that a coworker brought to work. She brings a few magazines each month and I always search for some cheap and easy recipes. If I like any of them, I’ll go to the copy room and make a *color* copy. SHhhhhhh!! Don’t tell anyone […]

Quick-Roasted Chicken

Use this chicken for a main dish or shred it and use it in the Mushroom Chicken Cream Pasta. If using for the pasta, use only the chicken and preserve the tomatoes and onions for another dish. Quick-Roasted Chicken (adapted from Ladies Home Journal) 1.5 – 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 can (14 […]

You Make My Day!

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Thanks to two very sweet food bloggers out there (Lauren and Jaime) for letting me know that my blog “Makes Their Day”. I’m supposed to list 10 others that make my day and link to them. But, because I’ve just recently awarded an E for Excellent award and I am very short on time right […]

Gooey Yet Cake-Like Brownies

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Every Thursday night we hang out at our friends to watch LOST together. Last Thursday I decided at last minute to make some brownies to bring with us. Believe it or not, I do not have a favorite brownie recipe yet (besides boxed brownie mix from the grocery store) so I logged on to Allrecipes.com […]

E for Excellence

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Thanks to Brooke at “…and a Cookie for Dessert” for awarding Pennies on a Platter with an E for Excellent! I’m so glad she enjoys my blog, especially the Hawaiian Rolls! Now I am supposed to award 5 other blogs with an E for Excellence. Blogs I enjoy. Typically, I believe they are supposed to […]

Ham and PBDDL Glaze

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So most of my readers should now know about BlakeMakes. If you have not yet checked out his site, you might want to SOON and get in on the fun! Become a Sooper Hero and you won’t miss a beat! I received my free jars of Peanut Butter Dulce de Leche last week and took […]

Pumpkin Pie Shake

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Ben loves pumpkin. To me, pumpkin is seasonal and should be consumed only 3 times a year: Fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I’m slowly breaking out of that mindset as Ben requests something pumpkin flavored all year long and I’m feeling bad for constantly saying “No, it’s not time for pumpkin!” Truth is, I made this […]

BlakeMakes It to My House Today!

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Exciting day today!! I recently signed up to be a Sooper Hero at BlakeMakes. What is a Sooper Hero you say? The brief version is “a person who receives free food” and the more detailed version is found at BlakeMakes website. I received my first round of free food today, which is BlakeMakes Peanut Butter […]

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 […]