Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

February 12, 2014
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So, yes…..It has been a few months–and a few major holidays–since my last post.  But I see no reason to dwell on that, especially when there are pie pops to discuss.  Agreed?  Good.  Onward! When I owned Julie Anne’s, a small bakery/cafe here in Las Vegas, we had a popular sandwich called the Cinna-Monkey on.. read more →

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 →

May the Frosting Be With You — Star Wars Cake and the Jedi Master of Chocolate Cakes

June 11, 2013
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A funny thing happened on my way to relocating my blog from Typepad to WordPress:  I found a few old posts that I had started, but never finished.  They were just hanging out in the blogosphere black hole, waiting for someone to care.  Upon finding them, I felt like a deadbeat blogger.  Sorry, guys. So.. 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 →

Chocolate Orange Pecan Kugelhopf

November 30, 2012
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In my family, Christmas breakfast is just as important a meal as is Christmas dinner.  This could be because we aren’t usually done unwrapping our gifts until just before it’s time to eat dinner, so we rely on our morning meal to sustain us through the day (along with a healthy dose of snacking on.. 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 →

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 →

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 →

Butter-Toffee Crunch Ice Cream

January 8, 2009
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My parents are coming to visit next week, and I am really excited because this means that I will be able to try my recipes out on a few extra appetites.  Er, that is, I am first and foremost excited that I am going to be able to spend some quality time with my parents, in addition to the fact that I.. read more →

Rich Chocolate-Coconut Sorbet

August 17, 2008
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For my birthday, Eric took me to Paris.  Well, not that Paris, but the one located about 15 minutes away, smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.  Got your attention, didn’t I? If you’ve never been to the Paris Hotel and Casino, it’s definitely worth a visit the next time that you.. read more →

Chocolate Toffee Chip Gelato

March 23, 2008
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When Eric and I go out to dinner, we rarely order dessert.  Usually, we are dining with others and have gone through that whole “I’ll order something if you order something” or “Let’s just get one dessert for the table” dance if we opt to get something sweet.  In all honesty, I think that because.. read more →