Summer Cobb Salad

Summer Cobb Salad 5

Don’t you love it when someone makes a pretty, thoughtful salad for you?  I’m usually in such a hurry that, if I do make a salad for lunch or a solo dinner, it involves haphazardly tossing a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and drizzling them with balsamic vinegar and then olive oil (because who has the 20 seconds that it takes to make a

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

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

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

Cherry-Almond Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Cherry Almond Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

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 bags of Stacy’s Pita Chips (if you’ve tried Stacy’s Pita

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”

(PB&J’s attempt at) The Bunnery’s Famous O.S.M. Bread

Bunnery's Famous O.S.M. Bread

My 2012 has gotten off to a bit of a slow start.  This is because, for the first time in several years, I actually had something fun to do on New Year’s Eve — New Year’s weekend for that matter. Usually, Eric and I can be found at home on December 31, doing anything that we can to avoid the chaos and the Kardashian-magnet that

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