Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

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It turns out that I hate the taste of matcha. Ummm…. That’s interesting, Julie, but what does that have to do with this post? This post would never have happened if I didn’t dislike that grassy green tea powder flavor as much as (I recently discovered) I do. This has been a week of recipe fails for me.  I’m OK with the fails.  It happens

Frozen Grasshopper Chocolate Mint Tartlets

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Those of you who are not part of the food blogging community are probably not aware of the many “food holidays”  that serve as inspiration for food bloggers’ recipes and blog post.  There is at least one holiday for each day of the year.  For example, in March we celebrate National Crown Roast of Pork Day, National Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day (OK, that’s a bit too specific) and

Mini Baked Brie and Blueberry Chutney Strudels

Mini Brie and Blueberry Chutney Strudels

There’s something extra-special about being served your own personal mini treat, as opposed to a slice or a piece of a bigger dish.  An individual pot-pie served in a pretty ramekin looks like it was prepared just for you rather than a portion scooped from a large casserole dish and plopped onto a plate.   A tidy lemon tartlet covered in a circle of meringue with

Dark Chocolate Decorated Cookies for your Sweetie

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I always need a little bit of chocolate after lunch and dinner……and yes, sometimes even after breakfast.  Hey–don’t judge; mornings can be rough. When it comes to satisfying my post-meal sweet tooth, only dark bittersweet chocolate accomplishes the task, although I enjoy semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and milk chocolate on occasion (and by “on occasion”, I mean any time I am out of dark chocolate.) The

Decorated Christmas Cookies

Decorated Christmas Cookies from Peanut Butter and Julie

Eric, Gigi and I are celebrating Christmas in Jackson, Wyoming this year.  If you’ve read this blog for awhile, then you probably know that Jackson is one of our favorite places in the world, so we are excited to introduce Gigi to all of the things that make it so wonderful.  Eric is certain that she will be the next great addition to the U.S.

White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday flavor.  I love the combination of spices and rich, sweet molasses, which seems to become more intense a day or two after baking (if, in fact, whatever I have baked lasts that long.) It’s fun to come up with new uses for gingerbread, other than the standard cut-out cookies and, well, gingerbread itself.  Over the years, I

Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

I’ve been thinking about doughnuts quite a bit, lately.  Doughnuts have always occupied at least a portion of my mind, but their territory has been rapidly expanding over the past few months. Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve been very lucky — no bouts with morning sickness, little fatigue and minimal aches and pains.  I also have not experienced any of the odd food combination cravings that you

Peach Shortcakes with Lemony Blueberry-Cornmeal Biscuits

Peach, Blueberry and Lemon Cornmeal Shortcakes

When I was growing up, we used to spend some time every summer in New Hampshire, right by crystal-clear Lake Sunapee.  In that area of the country, blueberries grow in abundance, so every morning before my brother and I started our trek down to the beach armed with towels and picnic lunches, my mom would task us with picking one pint each (which seemed like

A Little Announcement……

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My mom and dad thought it would never happen.  Most of our friends thought that it would never happen.  Even as recently as a few years ago, I’m not sure that Eric and I thought it would ever happen. Well, it is indeed happening.  Coming this October to the Las Vegas Hession household: a baby girl! At first, I said that I wasn’t going to

Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

So, yes…..It has been a few months–and a few major holidays–since my last post.  But I see no reason to dwell on that, especially when there are pie pops to discuss.  Agreed?  Good.  Onward! When I owned Julie Anne’s, a small bakery/cafe here in Las Vegas, we had a popular sandwich called the Cinna-Monkey on the children’s menu. It was on the children’s menu, but

Mummy Trick-or-Treater Maple Sugar Cookies

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So….. my second cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies came out a few weeks ago (woo-hoo!), and I’m obviously a bit tardy posting about it on this blog.  Fall, 2013 has shaped up to be one heckuva busy season, and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon.  I have become Starbucks’ best customer lately, although you wouldn’t know if since they still

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

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For this post, I am going to take a cue from what is now being called “The Best Emmy Speech of All Time.”  Even if you didn’t watch the telecast (which was somewhat depressing–not only because of the excessive time spent remembering deceased celebrities but because neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston won awards for their work in “Breaking Bad”), you have likely seen footage

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries, Dates and Walnuts

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When you are a super-organized type-A personality (like yours truly), you have a tough time dealing with unexpected events that completely throw your meticulously scheduled day out of whack. Take yesterday, for example. This recipe–this perfectly moist spiced loaf of pumpkin bread, loaded with tart cranberries, sweet dates and crunchy walnuts–was all ready to be photographed and posted by yesterday morning.  Inspired by the somewhat

Whole Wheat Huckleberry Banana Muffins

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Why yes, those are blueberries in the photos.  Thanks for noticing.  Here’s the thing: I ran out of huckleberries making the muffins, so I had to find a suitable substitute to serve as a model for the photo.  For the record, blueberries work wonderfully in this recipe, too. Huckleberries are like gold here in Wyoming.  When I first arrived in Jackson at the beginning of

Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

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When I owned a bakery, the staff and I tried our best to remember the names of our regular customers, not only because it was good customer service to greet someone by name but because it facilitated back of the house communication when discussing a particular order. Sometimes, however, it was hard to figure out what a customer’s name was.  They either always paid with

Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Sandwich Cookies

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I’m up in Jackson Hole, Wy again, this time for the entire month of August (an ideal month to skedaddle from the Las Vegas heat.)  Eric and I drove up with the dogs on Saturday, a drive that makes you realize just how big the state of Utah is.   On the positive side, I got a whopping 42 out of 50 states crossed off for my

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pocket Pies with Whole Wheat Crusts

Peanut Butter & Jelly Pocket Pies in Whole Wheat Crusts

I went to Target the other day–no breaking news there, since I go to Target every week (or multiple times per week.)  I don’t remember what I went there for, but let’s be honest, does it really matter?  I mean, who actually goes to Target and comes out with exactly and only (“only” being the key word here) what they originally went there to purchase? I’ll tell you

Savory Interlude: The Best Maple-Rum Baked Beans

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Those Junior Leaguers of Denver?  They really know their stuff when it comes to recipes. When I first started to really get into cooking, my reference materials consisted of the following: my mom’s cookbook collection or her hand-written recipe cards, which were neatly categorized–along with a few newspaper clipped recipes–in a plastic brown box.  We of course had no Internet yet and the cooking shows, while

Peach Pecan Ice Cream in Gingersnap Waffle Cones

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Well, I told you that I just might have one more peach recipe up my sleeve before I close out this series.  And wouldn’t ya know it??  I do. Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  It’s true.  On July 21, 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in America by giving our favorite frozen treat its own monthly celebration.  No

Peach-a Colada Cupcakes

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This is my very last post of my fresh peaches series.  Well……maybe my second to last.  I just came up with one more idea, and I still have some peaches sitting on the counter, so I’ll likely sneak the recipe in as a bonus-peach-post over the next few days. And THEN, that’s it!  I’m finished-fini!-finito!-with the peaches.  At least for a little while, that is.