Spiced Peach Pop Tarts with Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel

Spiced Peach Pop Tarts with Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel

Memorial Day is over, and summer is officially upon us.  This means that I turn into the crazy peach lady at Trader Joe’s, buying 2–sometimes 3–flats of their juicy California peaches at a time. Three whole flats of peaches?  Yes.  Trust me, I have no problem finishing them, without the help of Gigi or Eric: I put them into my morning smoothie, which I prefer

Spiced Apple Zucchini Bread

Spiced Apple-Zucchini Bread

During the summer, we’re very fortunate to live just a few short blocks from the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Jackson Hole.  Every week, we head up early, grab some coffee, and make our way around the square to see what catches our eyes. Last year, this caught my eye.  It would have probably caught your eye, too.  It was hard to miss: In the event

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Gingersnaps

Chewy Chocolate-Chunk Gingersnap Cookies

Ginger is usually thought of as a “holiday spice”: gingerbread houses, pumpkin-spice anything, sweet potato side dishes, etc. In my house, ginger is an “every day spice”:  Ground ginger goes into my morning latte to add an extra kick.  Fresh ginger is tossed into stir-fries.  Fresh and ground ginger are prominently featured in my favorite roasted butternut squash soup (which I have been known to eat for lunch

Coconut Custard Tart with Toasted Almond Crust

Coconut Custard Tart in a Toasted Almond Crust

JUST under the wire.  JUST in time for Easter.  I’ve created a beautiful spring-inspired, crowd-pleasing sweet finale for your holiday meal: A rich and creamy Coconut Custard Tart with a Toasted Almond Crust. Boom. Here’s the thing:  I love  pie.  You know that I love pie.  I wrote a cookbook that contains 175 different pie recipes, something that simply cannot be done unless you have a true passion for

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herb Crusts

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herbed Crusts

It’s a chilly 66 degrees in Las Vegas, today.   You think that I’m kidding, but our weatherman actually told us to “brace ourselves” and “grab a sweater” before we headed out the door this morning.  Maybe that’s because, only yesterday, we were basking in the mid-80s sunshine, but still……. We’re a strong city.  I think we’ll pull through it. Whether your version of “chilly” weather comes

Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

We always have bananas in our fruit bowl.  Gigi loves to eat  her “nanas” in the morning while catching up with Curious George.  I toss one into my breakfast smoothie along with frozen strawberries, almond butter and whatever else sounds good at the time.   When my family is visiting, my dad takes at least 2 with him to snack on at the casino (or, as we

Cinnamon-Raisin English Muffins

Cinnamon-Raisin Roll English Muffins

I’m never buying English muffins from the grocery store, again.  After making this recipe four times in two weeks, tweaking it here and there along the way, why would I?  The store-bought versions don’t hold a nook or a cranny to these crisp-on-the-outside, soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside homemade ones.  They’ve even enabled me to convince my husband, Mr. “I don’t eat breakfast,” to take a freshly-toasted-and-buttered muffin along with

Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Icing

Dark Chocolate Peppermint-Iced Holiday Cookies

Hi, everyone!  Happy holidays!  Like most food bloggers, my month of December turns into one long baking and cooking marathon . If you’re looking for me this month, I am likely in the kitchen, sprinting around the grocery store like a contestant on “Supermarket Sweep” (don’t you miss that show and its ridiculous 5-pound blocks of cheese?), or running around the house, trying to prevent a certain

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal from The 8X8 Cookbook

  It’s officially fall.   This means that, for the next 6 months, it’s also officially Casserole Season: holiday potlucks, visitors, and hearty meals for cold weather and over-scheduled families. Fortunately, my talented and very smart friend Kathy has come up with the answer to all of your What-casserole-am-I-going-to-make-next? dilemmas: The 8X8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners, Desserts and More — In One Perfect 8X8

Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad

Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad

This past May, my mom and I took a weeklong trip to Paris, and it was delicious. As you can imagine, most of the trip revolved around eating, from our pastry making class to our food tour of Le Marais (cheese, charcuterie and chocolate, oh my!), to my daily morning trek in search of the perfect croissant……which I finally found three miles from our rented apartment. Oh yeah.  I

Tropical Banana Nut Bread

Tropical Banana Nut Bread

Your search for the ultimate banana bread ends NOW. That’s a pretty bold statement, huh? First of all, I’m assuming that you have been searching for the so-called “ultimate”, never-fail, can’t-stop-eating, wish-I-had-made-more-than-one-loaf, don’t-even-think-of-asking-me-to-share-it-with-you banana bread. Then again, everyone needs a good, reliable banana bread recipe up their sleeve. Why?  Because…..everyone, at one time or another, ends up with a bunch of overripe bananas in their

How to Make Spinning Pinwheel Cookies!

How to Make Spinning Pinwheel Cookies

What’s better than a decorated pinwheel cookie? A decorated pinwheel cookie that actually spins, that’s what! I had this crazy “what if” idea the other night, and I just had to give it a try.  After a trip to Michael’s craft store, one to Office Max and one to Target, I felt like the MacGyver of baking, assembling potential pinwheel cookie-toys in my kitchen. Fortunately,

Summer Cobb Salad

Summer Cobb Salad 5

Don’t you love it when someone makes a pretty, thoughtful salad for you?  I’m usually in such a hurry that, if I do make a salad for lunch or a solo dinner, it involves haphazardly tossing a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and drizzling them with balsamic vinegar and then olive oil (because who has the 20 seconds that it takes to make a

How to Decorate: Ice Cream Cone Cookies

How to decorate ice cream cone and sno cone cookies using one cutter!

Hi everyone! Show of hands: Who loves getting two things for the price of one?  That’s what I thought — ALL OF YOU DO!   With this in mind, I’ve decided to start a series within my cookie-decorating tutorial series, entitled, “One Cutter — Two Cookies!”  Just as the name implies, this series will teach you how to create two different cookie designs using one cookie

Grilled Peach Upside Down Cake

Grilled Peach Upside Down Cakes

Every Saturday morning, I make a trip to Trader Joe’s with the intent to stock up on necessities for the week.  Sometimes, things end up in my cart that might not be classified as “a necessity” (tater tots), but for the most part I stick to my list. One of the highlights of late spring / early summer is when I walk into Trader Joe’s

How to Decorate 4th of July Cookies

Fourth of July Decorated Cookies

  Hi there!  Here is the step-by-step photo tutorial referred to in my YouTube video, below, so that you, too, can make these patriotic cookies for your Fourth of July festivities. Apologies for the less-than-stellar quality of the photos.  I had a few GoPro issues that day….grrrr. Feel free to contact me with any questions! Step 1: Make your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe, such

Grilled Summer Corn Soup

Grilled Sweet Summer Corn

I’m a girl who loves to grill.  I’ve been known to grill in the pouring rain, and I’ve been known to grill when it’s 108-degrees outside. So, perhaps I’m a crazy girl who loves to grill. My philosophy is, “If you can cook it, why not try to grill it?”  That philosophy hasn’t always worked out for me.  The Grilled Egg Incident of 2010 comes to

How to Decorate Beautiful Butterfly Cookies (Video)

How to Decorate Butterfly Sugar Cookies

If you’re new to Peanut Butter and Julie, welcome!  I’m so glad that you’ve stopped by for a look, and I hope you’ll return again and again…..and again.  If you’re a regular reader (welcome back!), then you might have noticed that I’ve made a few changes around here.  There’s a new layout, a new design and a brand spankin’ new email newsletter for my lovely

Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars 3

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