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 →

Peach Pecan Ice Cream in Gingersnap Waffle Cones

July 24, 2013
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Well, I told you that I just might have one more peach recipe up my sleeve before I close out this series.  And wouldn’t ya know it??  I do. Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  It’s true.  On July 21, 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream in America by.. read more →

Peach-a Colada Cupcakes

July 21, 2013
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This is my very last post of my fresh peaches series.  Well……maybe my second to last.  I just came up with one more idea, and I still have some peaches sitting on the counter, so I’ll likely sneak the recipe in as a bonus-peach-post over the next few days. And THEN, that’s it!  I’m finished-fini!-finito!-with.. 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 →

Baked Brie and Spiced Peach Strudels

July 15, 2013
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For many cooks, “phyllo” is a scary word.  When the list of ingredients for a recipe includes the thinner-than-paper-thin rectangular sheets of dough, the common inclination is to: A. Skip it and move on to plan B B. Wonder, “Hmmm….. Can I use puff pastry instead?” Phyllo, also spelled “fillo”, is notoriously unforgiving to work with… 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 →

Flaky Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Crust “Chips” and Strawberry Peach Salsa

July 2, 2013
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My family lived in New Jersey until I was thirteen, when we moved to Texas.  Thanks to the powerhouse T.V. series The Jersey Shore and The Sopranos (R.I.P., Tony), we all know about New Jersey’s abundance of hair gel, turnpike exits and Italian food.  I don’t think, however, that many are aware that the third state also boasts fantastic produce………although.. read more →

Gingerbread Pear Pocket Pies

November 15, 2012
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One of the cardinal rules of food blogging (or any blogging, for that matter) is: Never start a post telling your readers, “I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been very busy.” Well, I don’t know who had the authority to create this blogosphere no-no, but whoever you are, guess what?.. 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 →

English Summer Berry Puddings

July 8, 2012
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I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July and that the wrath of Mother Nature subsided a little bit so that you could enjoy the holiday.  What’s with her lately anyhow?  Horrible fires in the west.  Power outages and extreme heat in the east.  She’s been in a consistently bad mood.. read more →

Sour Cherry Lattice Pie Bars

June 1, 2012
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I’m just as guilty as any other avid baker/cook when it comes to an overabundance of kitchen supplies.  It has gotten to the point where I simply cannot cram any more pots/pans/mini appliances that I don’t really use/baking dishes into my cabinets.  Trust me, I have tried to re-stack or rearrange the whole lot in.. read more →

Blueberry Lemon Tres Leches Cupcakes with Toasted Meringue Frosting

May 9, 2012
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This is why I will never be hired by tabloid news show TMZ:   Believe it or not, that is a photo of reigning pop queen Rihanna.  She was staying at my hotel during a recent trip to New York, and she was on her way out to what was likely a super-glamorous star-studded affair. .. 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 →

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 →

Meyer Lemon and Blackberry Olive Oil Polenta Cake

January 17, 2012
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20 Random Things That You Never Wanted To Know About Me Now that I have my new Facebook page up and running (thanks to all who joined!), I thought that it would be fun to occasionally post 20 random facts about myself on my blog.  This will allow new readers to get to know me,.. 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 →

Blueberry Pie Bars with Almond Streusel

September 27, 2011
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“Hey Julie, have you ever heard of P90X?” As soon as these words came out of Eric’s mouth, I should have sprinted from the room. But no, I didn’t.  I stayed and listened to his argument as to why we should partake in the popular but notoriously grueling 90-day home fitness program consisting of a.. read more →

A Royally Sweet Pair of Tartlets

April 28, 2011
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Well, as much as I hate to admit it.  It looks like I was not invited to the Royal Wedding.  Clearly this was an oversight, but with the massive amount of required planning and details for Kate and William’s big day, someone was bound to make a mistake sooner or later.  Completely understandable.  They probably.. read more →

Blueberry-Peach Buckle with Caramelized Peach Ice Cream

August 26, 2010
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Just when you thought that you’d gotten rid of me for good……..I’m baaa-aaaack!!  My intended-to-be-brief blogging break, while I wowed the food folks at the Fancy Food Show with my granola, turned into a summer long blog-cation.  There were several occasions when I came really close to whipping up something sweet in the kitchen, but.. read more →