Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries, Dates and Walnuts

September 4, 2013
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When you are a super-organized type-A personality (like yours truly), you have a tough time dealing with unexpected events that completely throw your meticulously scheduled day out of whack. Take yesterday, for example. This recipe–this perfectly moist spiced loaf of pumpkin bread, loaded with tart cranberries, sweet dates and crunchy walnuts–was all ready to be.. read more →

Whole Wheat Huckleberry Banana Muffins

August 23, 2013
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Why yes, those are blueberries in the photos.  Thanks for noticing.  Here’s the thing: I ran out of huckleberries making the muffins, so I had to find a suitable substitute to serve as a model for the photo.  For the record, blueberries work wonderfully in this recipe, too. Huckleberries are like gold here in Wyoming… read more →

Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

August 15, 2013
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When I owned a bakery, the staff and I tried our best to remember the names of our regular customers, not only because it was good customer service to greet someone by name but because it facilitated back of the house communication when discussing a particular order. Sometimes, however, it was hard to figure out.. read more →

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pocket Pies with Whole Wheat Crusts

August 2, 2013
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I went to Target the other day–no breaking news there, since I go to Target every week (or multiple times per week.)  I don’t remember what I went there for, but let’s be honest, does it really matter?  I mean, who actually goes to Target and comes out with exactly and only (“only” being the key word here).. read more →

Fresh Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Glaze

July 17, 2013
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The person who invented crumb cake?  Kind of a genius. He or she figured out a way to make it acceptable to eat cake for breakfast AND, should it please you, enjoy a second piece of that same cake with afternoon coffee.  Only in that case, would the cake be considered coffee cake instead of crumb cake?.. read more →

Key Lime Pie Doughnuts with Coconut Glaze

June 24, 2013
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For someone who writes a baking blog, I don’t eat as many sweets as you might think.  Oh, sure, I sample along the way as I create (don’t worry–I’m not just “winging it” with my recipes!), but it pretty much stops there.  Maybe it’s because I used to own a bakery, where I got used.. read more →

Spiced Apple Pull Apart Bread

September 28, 2012
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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 →

Breakfast at Elvis’s: Whole Grain Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes

April 22, 2012
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During the IACP convention, which I attended in New York last month, there was an event called the Culinary Expo and Book Festival.  The book festival was an opportunity for authors with published books (like my roommate Camilla) to set up a table, promote their latest masterpieces, and hopefully sell a few copies in the.. read more →

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

March 29, 2012
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I’m always worried that my husband is not going to eat enough whenever he is traveling or at work for what is shaping up to be a really long day.  There’s a little bit of a Jewish/Italian mother in me from that perspective. I’ve mentioned before that Eric is one of those people who can.. 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 →

Sweet and Simple: My Favorite Blueberry Streusel Muffins

February 17, 2012
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I know.  Big whoop.  Blueberry muffins.  C’mon, Julie.  You’re totally phoning it in with this recipe. Or am I? O.K., well I kind of am. Just hear me out…..after you look at all of this streusel:     What this recipe may lack in terms of originality, it certainly makes up for in terms of.. read more →

Tri-Color Maple Cranberry Breakfast Quinoa

January 31, 2012
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In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I give you:   A Love Letter to Trader Joe’s My Dearest Trader Joe’s, How do I love thee?  Certainly too many ways to count, but please indulge me as I list a few (in no particular order.)   I love that, without fail, I can fill.. read more →

“Heart-y” Baked Banana Bread Doughnuts with Coconut Glaze

January 25, 2012
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I messed up. Like most people, I usually make a few New Year’s resolutions, which inevitably are broken or, as I like to say, become more “loosely interpreted” by the end of January.  “Broken” is such a negative way of putting it, don’t you think? For 2012, I resolved to not make any New Year’s.. read more →

Cherry-Almond Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

January 20, 2012
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Cookies for breakfast???   Wheeeee!!!! Well, sort of.  Read on. (But first, another cookie shot.)     It all started with Costco…. I have a love-hate relationship with Costco.  Like everyone, I love being able to buy certain items in bulk, like say, 52 pounds of dog food,  42 rolls of Charmin, or necessities like pillow-sized.. 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 →

Pumpkin Gingerbread Doughnuts

November 18, 2011
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Much like my dad, I have a weakness for doughnuts.  Unlike my dad, I cannot eat as many doughnuts as I want without turning into a doughnut.  If you inherit the weakness, then it should be a given that you also inherit the metabolism, right?  *Sigh*  So unfair.     My dad is particular to.. read more →

Honey-Glazed Peanut Butter & Apple Scones

October 18, 2011
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  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
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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
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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 →

Butterscotch, Pear, and Hazelnut Sticky Buns (and a commentary on restaurant pet peeves)

October 26, 2010
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One would think that living in a city like Las Vegas means that you have endless options when it comes to dining out.  Well, technically that’s true.  We do have hundreds, probably thousands, of restaurants within a thirty minute drive from our house.  Unfortunately, the number of those that I would consider to be “great”.. read more →