Peanut Butter and Julie American Classics, Reinvented. 2016-04-25T21:26:32Z http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/feed WordPress Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Chewy Chocolate Chunk Gingersnaps]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2404 2016-04-25T21:26:32Z 2016-04-25T21:26:28Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Coconut Custard Tart with Toasted Almond Crust]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2378 2016-03-25T19:34:21Z 2016-03-25T19:34:16Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herb Crusts]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2358 2016-03-22T21:05:17Z 2016-03-22T21:05:13Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2342 2016-03-14T23:29:07Z 2016-03-14T23:29:03Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Cinnamon-Raisin English Muffins]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2327 2016-02-22T22:00:04Z 2016-02-22T22:00:00Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Icing]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2296 2015-12-16T16:00:08Z 2015-12-16T16:00:04Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Baked Blueberry Oatmeal]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2262 2015-09-30T16:18:23Z 2015-09-30T16:01:04Z 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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Julie @ Peanut Butter and Julie http://www.peanutbutterandjulie.com <![CDATA[Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad]]> http://peanutbutterandjulie.com/?p=2241 2015-09-30T13:19:08Z 2015-08-31T19:33:32Z 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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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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