Peanut Butter and Julie American Classics, Reinvented. 2015-08-14T18:59:01Z http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/feed WordPress Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Tropical Banana Nut Bread]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2219 2015-08-13T00:03:35Z 2015-08-13T00:03:31Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[How to Make Spinning Pinwheel Cookies!]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2194 2015-06-30T21:42:21Z 2015-06-30T21:42:15Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Summer Cobb Salad]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2172 2015-07-08T16:13:38Z 2015-06-28T20:49:09Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[How to Decorate: Ice Cream Cone Cookies]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2134 2015-06-23T22:20:52Z 2015-06-23T18:50:21Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Grilled Peach Upside Down Cake]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2117 2015-06-22T23:05:39Z 2015-06-20T21:30:57Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[How to Decorate 4th of July Cookies]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2079 2015-06-22T20:52:01Z 2015-06-18T18:22:22Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Grilled Summer Corn Soup]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2061 2015-06-17T12:54:44Z 2015-06-17T12:54:40Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[How to Decorate Beautiful Butterfly Cookies (Video)]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1917 2015-06-22T22:58:17Z 2015-06-15T00:39:58Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Brown Butter Banana Bread Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1901 2015-06-04T23:50:31Z 2015-03-28T22:49:03Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Frozen Grasshopper Chocolate Mint Tartlets]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1875 2015-03-15T21:38:30Z 2015-03-15T21:38:30Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Mini Baked Brie and Blueberry Chutney Strudels]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1861 2015-06-04T23:51:42Z 2015-03-02T04:09:59Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Dark Chocolate Decorated Cookies for your Sweetie]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1851 2015-06-04T23:52:57Z 2015-02-13T00:52:07Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Decorated Christmas Cookies]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1848 2015-06-04T23:56:09Z 2014-12-24T00:18:47Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[White Chocolate Gingerbread Biscotti]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1809 2015-06-04T23:57:15Z 2014-12-12T16:15:37Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=1798 2015-06-22T23:02:09Z 2014-09-15T16:08:48Z 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

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