Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Sandwich Cookies

August 8, 2013
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I’m up in Jackson Hole, Wy again, this time for the entire month of August (an ideal month to skedaddle from the Las Vegas heat.)  Eric and I drove up with the dogs on Saturday, a drive that makes you realize just how big the state of Utah is.   On the positive side, I got a.. read more →

Peach and White Chocolate S’mores with Ginger Grahams

July 10, 2013
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Eric and I returned from our week-long trip to Jackson Hole a few days ago, a trip that we could not have timed better from a weather perspective since Las Vegas saw temperatures in the 117F range for several of those days.  Although long, our 12-hour drives back and forth were fairly uneventful, except for.. read more →

Almond Joy Hand Pies

May 31, 2013
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AND…….I’m back.  It’s been a few months (or six, but who’s counting?), so here’s a quick laundry list of what’s been keeping me away from my beloved baking blog: Get cookbook #1, 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes, edited and published:  CHECK (You can see the book sitting comfortably over there on the sidebar–shameless self plug #1.).. read more →

Homemade Twix Bars

June 11, 2012
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I have an odd habit when it comes to eating.  O.K., I actually have several odd habits when it comes to eating (i.e. snacking on frozen peas), but with this post in mind, I have one quirk in particular. I like to deconstruct my food. I don’t mean “deconstruct” in a super fancy-pants Top Cheffy.. read more →

White Chocolate Baileys and Coffee Bars

March 1, 2012
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I would love to take 100% credit for coming up with this delectable little recipe out of thin air.  I would really love to take credit because the result was far better than I had expected, indicated by the fact that I kept taking a teensy little sample slice here, and a teensy little sample.. read more →

Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Raspberry Waffles

February 24, 2012
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I know that I do several things which my husband finds annoying.  But hey — that’s one of the best parts  of marriage, right?  Taking pleasure in doing the little things that annoy your spouse? No? Oh. Awkward. Anyhoo…..as I was saying…..     Of course, the difference is that the things that I do,.. read more →

Chewy Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies

February 8, 2012
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Overall, I’d give the quality of this year’s Super Bowl commercials a B-, not a bad grade in general, but a horrible grade where $3.5 million per 30 seconds is concerned.  I mean, really, if you’re going to pony up that kind of scratch to promote your company, then that commercial better be memorable, relevant,.. read more →

Chocolate Stout Brownies with Whiskey Ganache

February 3, 2012
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I’m fairly certain that some of the first words I learned to say were “Jack Daniels manhattan, up.” And no, I was not raised in a bar.     For as long as I can recall, a manhattan made with Jack Daniels whiskey and served straight up has been my dad’s cocktail of choice.  He.. read more →

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

January 12, 2012
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Well, it only took about four years, but I’ve finally created a Facebook page for Peanut Butter and Julie.  Hey–I’ve never claimed to be an early adopter.  I wanted to wait around and see if this whole Facebook gimmick has any longevity.  One billionaire, one pending IPO, and 800 million users later, I’ve concluded that.. read more →

Sparkly White Wine Cookies

December 23, 2011
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These are the cookies mentioned in my previous post, which were part of my dessert table at the Sterling Ultimate Host competition.  Because they are nice and dense, they are the cookies that I was least worried about breaking into pieces as I traveled from Las Vegas to New York . The texture of these.. read more →

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Macarons

December 9, 2011
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“What are you making?” Eric says with mild interest as he wanders into the kitchen in search of Fritos, his current snack obsession. “Macarons.” “Oh, I love macaroons.” “No, not macaroons. Macarons.” Blank stare. Silence. Resumes search for Fritos. I then go on to explain that the beloved macaroons to which he referred (I love.. read more →

Holiday Entertaining Series: Sweet and Savory Cocktail Cookies

November 1, 2011
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  At 5:30 a.m. yesterday morning, on my way to the kitchen to make granola, I pulled up to the Starbucks drive-though. “Good morning!  Welcome to Starbucks!  Can I interest you in one of our wonderful breakfast wraps?!!?” “Uh, no, thank you.  Just a venti-non-fat-extra-hot-latte, please.” “One ventinonfatextrahotlatte coming right up, Julie!  I’ll see you.. read more →

Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway (and their decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake)!

October 11, 2011
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I’ll be honest: As an avid baker with a highly discerning sweet tooth, I make it a rule to almost never purchase packaged desserts. Most of the time I’d rather just make them myself. This particularly applies to cookies. I find that your average pre-packaged store-bought cookie tastes, well, pre-packaged and store-bought. Usually there are.. read more →

Faux-reos, “O”-reos, or Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

May 10, 2011
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When I was growing up, my idea of a fun weekend project was to throw a neighborhood bake sale in my front yard  (I know, you’re SHOCKED!)  Our town in New Jersey was fairly small, so pretty much everyone that lived on our street knew everyone else.  Of course we did have that one obligatory.. read more →

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mousse Shots

April 5, 2010
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So I get to gloat for at least one more day.  Gooooo  Duke!! Before I head over to Buffalo Wild Wings this evening to watch the final game, I have about a bajillion (give or take a million) things to do.  BWW is where our local alumni club has decided to hold all of its.. read more →

Layered German Chocolate Cupcakes

March 4, 2010
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I think that my grandpa was partially responsible for me becoming a “foodie.”  He should at least get credit for my willingness to try new foods and cuisines (except anything containing mayonnaise, of course.)  When I was a little picky eater, his method for coaxing me to eat the items that had been pushed over to the side.. read more →

Rich Brownie Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream

December 13, 2009
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Well, apparently that last post took a lot outta me.  It did take me something like a bazillion hours (roughly) to put together, so a brief blogging hiatus would be expected.  But here I am, a full two weeks later, writing my next post.  Where-oh-where did the time go? To be fair, I’ve had quite a.. read more →

Pumpkin-Caramel Flan with Ginger Spice Cookies

November 6, 2009
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This is the second of the two recipes that I was asked to create and of the three that I ultimately decided to create. There were just too many ways for me to use the Carnation Evaporated Milk, and, try as I did, I couldn’t narrow it down.  I’m really unskilled at the whole narrowing.. read more →

Carnation’s Famous Fudge

November 6, 2009
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It happens at my grocery store, and I am willing to bet my KitchenAid stand mixer that it happens at your grocery store too.  Every year, no sooner has the store transferred all of the unwanted Halloween candy from the “seasonal” aisle to the bargain bin that the employees start erecting massive sculptures out of.. read more →

Mini Chocolate-Orange Poundcakes

September 11, 2009
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I seem to have a pretty decent handle on this cooking and baking thing, but when it comes to decorating my house I am a massive train wreck. Just the seemingly simple task of selecting a duvet pattern and sheets for the guest bedroom recently became a project of monstrous proportions.  I scoured dozens of web.. read more →