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

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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