Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

September 15, 2014
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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.. read more →

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

September 25, 2013

For this post, I am going to take a cue from what is now being called “The Best Emmy Speech of All Time.”  Even if you didn’t watch the telecast (which was somewhat depressing–not only because of the excessive time spent remembering deceased celebrities but because neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston won awards for.. read more →

Spiced Apple Pull Apart Bread

September 28, 2012

We all learn something new everyday. You could discover that the walk to your mailbox is exactly 26 paces or that Oxy Clean will remove the worst red wine stain from your favorite white pants (long story). No, it’s not always something mind-bogglingly enlightening, but that doesn’t mean that your fun fact won’t ever come.. read more →

Honey-Glazed Peanut Butter & Apple Scones

October 18, 2011

  Some people are snackers, while others make it a policy to never eat in between meals. Of course, some members of the latter group also subscribe to the “six-small-meals-a-day” plan, popularized by Hollywood diet gurus who warned their clients about the dangers of unconsciously over-snacking. They call it a “small meal.” I call it.. read more →

Spiced Apple Pancakes with Boiled Cider Syrup

October 4, 2011

Since I spent most of my childhood on the east coast, one of the biggest bummers about living in Las Vegas during the fall season is that, well, we don’t really have a fall season. I mean, sure, we have a few short weeks when you finally, after months and months of oppressive heat, feel.. read more →

Flaky Homemade Pop-Tarts

November 12, 2010

What ever happened to Saturday morning cartoons?  I mean, I know that there are technically still cartoons on T.V. every Saturday morning, but what happened to the good ones?  O.K., so some might respond to my query as follows: “Uh, Julie?  Hate to break it to you, but you’re a just a little bit out.. read more →

A Duo of Pumpkin-Apple Delights

October 11, 2010

So, my previous post might have been a bit premature.  I truly, truly, intended to get back to a consistent blogging schedule after my summer hiatus.  If you could see the stack of torn out recipes, notes, and cookbooks with dog-eared pages that I have on my nightstand, then you would know that my lack.. read more →

Healthy Morning Muffins and Bread

June 3, 2010

 Over the past five days, I officially drank my weight in Lipton Cup of Soup broth.  No noodles.  No tiny pseudo-chicken pieces.  Just broth.  It was one of the few things that appealed to me, especially at night, during my super-inconveniently-timed-spring-to-summer-transition-chest-cold.  It was a heckuva way to spend my Memorial Day Weekend and to welcome.. read more →

Morning Glory Pancakes with Maple Cinnamon Butter

February 24, 2010

Growing up, I was a figure skater.  That was my chosen sport.  While I was never a threat to be the next Kristi Yamaguchi, I was a decent skater, almost good at times.    I even rocked the requisite Dorothy Hamill haircut for awhile, with which I had hoped to channel her gold medal skills. Three or.. read more →

Maple-Glazed Apple Spice Cake

September 6, 2009

Ah, September!  It’s the month that marks the end of summer with the onset of crisp, cooler weather.  Leaves start to make the transition from green to an array of vibrant jewel tones.  Roadside stands replace the bins of green beans and heirloom tomatoes with ones containing Macintosh apples and sweet sugar pumpkins. Well, that stuff doesn’t really.. read more →

Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

December 18, 2007
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I just returned from a ten day trip to Germany with my mom, where we visited the Christkindlmarkts, the Christmas Markets, which are held each year all over the country during the advent, the four weeks preceding Christmas day.  The markets, which are generally held in town squares and pedestrian areas, all vary in size.. read more →

Julie’s Spinach Salad with Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette

November 30, 2007
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O.K., I need to come up for air.  If you look over the recipes that I have posted over the last few weeks, you might notice that many of them err on the hearty, rich, or sugary side.  It’s a miracle that my husband and I haven’t gained 20 pounds–thank goodness for all of my.. read more →

Apple, Turkey Sausage, and Dried Cranberry Stuffing

November 14, 2007
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Stuffing has a very long history, going back as far as the ancient Roman period.  An old Roman cookbook that was discovered contains recipes for stuffed chicken, hare, pig and dormouse.   Most of the recipes consisted of a selection of the following ingredients:  vegetables, herbs, spices, nut, spelt (a grain), liver, brains, and various other.. read more →

Spiced Apple Pie

November 5, 2007
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O.K., repeat after me: “I can bake a pie from scratch.  I do not need the help of Marie Callendar, the Pillsbury Doughboy, or Mrs. Smith in order to make a delicious and impressive holiday dessert.”  Very good.  I’m so proud of you.  This will be your mantra as you take on my next recipe:.. read more →