Peanut Butter and Julie http://peanutbutterandjulie.com American Classics, Reinvented. Wed, 11 May 2016 20:58:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.8 Spiced Apple Zucchini Bread http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/05/spiced-apple-zucchini-bread.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/05/spiced-apple-zucchini-bread.html#respond Wed, 11 May 2016 20:58:02 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2422 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

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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Gingersnaps http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/04/chewy-chocolate-chunk-gingersnaps.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/04/chewy-chocolate-chunk-gingersnaps.html#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:26:28 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2404 Chewy Chocolate Chunk Gingersnaps

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

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Coconut Custard Tart with Toasted Almond Crust http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/03/coconut-custard-tart-with-toasted-almond-crust.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/03/coconut-custard-tart-with-toasted-almond-crust.html#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:34:16 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2378 Coconut Custard Tart with 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

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Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herb Crusts http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/03/chicken-and-vegetable-pot-pies-with-flaky-herb-crusts.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/03/chicken-and-vegetable-pot-pies-with-flaky-herb-crusts.html#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 21:05:13 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2358 Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herb 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

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Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/03/banana-chocolate-chip-pound-cake.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/03/banana-chocolate-chip-pound-cake.html#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 23:29:03 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2342 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

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Cinnamon-Raisin English Muffins http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/02/cinnamon-raisin-english-muffins.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2016/02/cinnamon-raisin-english-muffins.html#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:00:00 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2327 Cinnamon-Raisin 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

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Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Icing http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/12/dark-chocolate-sugar-cookies-with-peppermint-icing.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/12/dark-chocolate-sugar-cookies-with-peppermint-icing.html#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:00:04 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2296 Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Icing

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

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Baked Blueberry Oatmeal http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/09/baked-blueberry-oatmeal.html http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/2015/09/baked-blueberry-oatmeal.html#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:01:04 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2262 Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

  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

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Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad 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#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:33:32 +0000 http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2241 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

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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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