Peanut Butter and Julie http://peanutbutterandjulie.com American Classics, Reinvented. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:33:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad and Maille Mustard #Giveaway! http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/08/grilled-chicken-nicoise-salad-and-maille-mustard-giveaway.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/08/grilled-chicken-nicoise-salad-and-maille-mustard-giveaway.html#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:33:32 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2241 Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad and Maille Mustard #Giveaway!

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

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Tropical Banana Nut Bread http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/08/tropical-banana-nut-bread.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/08/tropical-banana-nut-bread.html#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:03:31 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2219 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

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How to Make Spinning Pinwheel Cookies! http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-make-spinning-pinwheel-cookies.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-make-spinning-pinwheel-cookies.html#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:42:15 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2194 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,

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Summer Cobb Salad http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/summer-cobb-salad.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/summer-cobb-salad.html#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:49:09 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2172 Summer Cobb Salad

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

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How to Decorate: Ice Cream Cone Cookies http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-decorate-ice-cream-cone-cookies.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-decorate-ice-cream-cone-cookies.html#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:50:21 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2134 How to Decorate: Ice Cream Cone Cookies

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

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Grilled Peach Upside Down Cake http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/grilled-peach-upside-down-cake.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/grilled-peach-upside-down-cake.html#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:30:57 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2117 Grilled Peach Upside Down Cake

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

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How to Decorate 4th of July Cookies http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-decorate-4th-of-july-cookies.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-decorate-4th-of-july-cookies.html#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:22:22 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2079 How to Decorate 4th of July 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

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Grilled Summer Corn Soup http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/grilled-summer-corn-soup.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/grilled-summer-corn-soup.html#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:54:40 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2061 Grilled Summer Corn Soup

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

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How to Decorate Beautiful Butterfly Cookies (Video) http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-decorate-beautiful-butterfly-cookies-video.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/06/how-to-decorate-beautiful-butterfly-cookies-video.html#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:39:58 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1917 How to Decorate Beautiful Butterfly Cookies (Video)

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

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Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/03/butter-banana-frosting.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/03/butter-banana-frosting.html#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:49:03 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1901 Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

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

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Frozen Grasshopper Chocolate Mint Tartlets http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/03/grasshopper-chocolate-tartlets.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/03/grasshopper-chocolate-tartlets.html#respond Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:38:30 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1875 Frozen Grasshopper Chocolate Mint Tartlets

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

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Mini Baked Brie and Blueberry Chutney Strudels http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/03/blueberry-chutney-strudels.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/03/blueberry-chutney-strudels.html#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:09:59 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1861 Mini Baked 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

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Dark Chocolate Decorated Cookies for your Sweetie http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/02/chocolate-decorated-sweetie.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/02/chocolate-decorated-sweetie.html#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:52:07 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1851 Dark Chocolate Decorated Cookies for your Sweetie

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

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Decorated Christmas Cookies http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2014/12/decorated-christmas-cookies.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2014/12/decorated-christmas-cookies.html#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:18:47 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1848 Decorated Christmas Cookies

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.

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White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2014/12/chocolate-gingerbread-biscotti.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2014/12/chocolate-gingerbread-biscotti.html#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:15:37 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1809 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,

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