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

Peach-a Colada Cupcakes

Peach-a Colada Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

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 the peaches.  At least for a little while, that is.

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

Almond Joy Hand Pies


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.) Migrate Peanut Butter and Julie blog from Typepad to WordPress

Coconut Key Lime Pound Cake

Coconut Key Lime Pound Cake

Let’s discuss pound cake, shall we? I have a love/hate relationship with pound cake.  The love part?  Well, that should be fairly obvious.  I mean, it’s pound cake, and if successfully prepared, pound cake is not too hard to love. The hate part stems from the myriad of mishaps that inevitably occur when trying to create the recipe for a perfect pound cake.  I have

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

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 go all day without eating because he “just forgot.” (Cue

“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

Back to the Blogging Board with Coconut Key-Lime Sugar Cookies

Decorated Summer Sugar Cookies

“You’re hot then you’re cold.  You’re yes then you’re no.  You’re in then you’re out.  You’re up then you’re down.”  So far this year, the weather in Las Vegas has been like the above Katy Perry song: one contradiction after another and, at times, unwelcome and extremely annoying.  One day we’ll have 85 degree temps with crystal-clear views.  The following morning my exploding sinuses will

Rich Chocolate-Coconut Sorbet

Rich Chocolate Coconut Sorbet

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 are in Vegas, if only for a cafe au lait