Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal from The 8X8 Cookbook

  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

Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

Hazelnut Apple Crisp Doughnuts

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 experienced any of the odd food combination cravings that you

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries, Dates and Walnuts

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries and Raisins

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 photographed and posted by yesterday morning.  Inspired by the somewhat

Whole Wheat Banana Huckleberry Muffins

Whole Wheat Huckleberry Muffins

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.  When I first arrived in Jackson at the beginning of

Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

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 what a customer’s name was.  They either always paid with

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pocket Pies with Whole Wheat Crusts

Peanut Butter & Jelly Pocket Pies in Whole Wheat Crusts

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) what they originally went there to purchase? I’ll tell you

Fresh Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Glaze

Fresh Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Glaze

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?  Is there really a difference between the two?  Hang on

Key Lime Pie Doughnuts with Coconut Glaze

Key Lime Pie Doughnuts

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 to being around mountains of decadent brownies, cookies, cakes and

Tropical Banana Coconut Macadamia Muffins

Banana Coconut Macadamia Muffin

Eric and I just returned from a quick weekend trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you probably already know that Jackson is one of my favorite places in the world.  If you’re new to this blog, well, I write about Jackson a lot (see here, here and here.) We try to head up to Jackson Hole at least

Gingerbread Pear Pocket Pies

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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?     1. I have been busy. 2. I am

Spiced Apple Pull Apart Bread

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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 in handy. Tuck that little nugget away for now.  You

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

Whole Grain Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes

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 process. As a serial cookbook collector with an uncontrollable habit,

Sweet and Simple: My Favorite Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

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 flavor.   I know that sounds incredibly cliched, but it’s true.

Tri-Color Maple Cranberry Breakfast Quinoa

Tri-Color Maple Cranberry Breakfast Quinoa

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 one of your cute red carts to the brim with

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

Baked Banana Bread Doughnuts with Coconut Glaze

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 resolutions.  Part of my decision was based on the fact

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

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 it does (although my husband, Eric “I’m not on Facebook”

Pumpkin Gingerbread Doughnuts

Pumpkin Gingerbread Doughnuts

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 those cinnamon-sugar coated apple cider doughnuts found at the farm