Spiced Peach Pop Tarts with Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel

Spiced Peach Pop Tarts with Cinnamon-Pecan Streusel

Memorial Day is over, and summer is officially upon us.  This means that I turn into the crazy peach lady at Trader Joe’s, buying 2–sometimes 3–flats of their juicy California peaches at a time. Three whole flats of peaches?  Yes.  Trust me, I have no problem finishing them, without the help of Gigi or Eric: I put them into my morning smoothie, which I prefer

Coconut Custard Tart with Toasted Almond Crust

Coconut Custard Tart in a Toasted Almond Crust

JUST under the wire.  JUST in time for Easter.  I’ve created a beautiful spring-inspired, crowd-pleasing sweet finale for your holiday meal: A rich and creamy Coconut Custard Tart with a Toasted Almond Crust. Boom. Here’s the thing:  I love  pie.  You know that I love pie.  I wrote a cookbook that contains 175 different pie recipes, something that simply cannot be done unless you have a true passion for

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herb Crusts

Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies with Flaky Herbed Crusts

It’s a chilly 66 degrees in Las Vegas, today.   You think that I’m kidding, but our weatherman actually told us to “brace ourselves” and “grab a sweater” before we headed out the door this morning.  Maybe that’s because, only yesterday, we were basking in the mid-80s sunshine, but still……. We’re a strong city.  I think we’ll pull through it. Whether your version of “chilly” weather comes

Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

Heart Shaped Cinna-Monkey Pie Pops in Whole Wheat Crusts

    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 the children’s menu. It was on the children’s

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

Flaky Cinnamon Sugar Pie Chips and Strawberry Peach Salsa // Peanut Butter and Julie

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 the fact that it is called The GARDEN State should

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

Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Gruyere Tart

Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Tart

Hungry?  If not, you will be after reading this post. Last week, as part of my trip to New York for the IACP Conference, I had the opportunity to take a tour entitled “Greenwich Village and Beyond: Exploring Italian Food.” If there’s one thing that I know, it’s this:  When you have the chance to “explore Italian food”, you go.  So I did.  Fortunately for

Blueberry Pie Bars with Almond Streusel

Blueberry Pie Bars with Almond Streusel

“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 deceptively non-intimidating set of 12 DVDs. He said that it

Spiced Sweet Potato Ice Cream Pie

Sweet Potato Praline Ice Cream Pie

I’ve said it once.  Actually, I’ve probably said it about 1000 times, but that’s not going to stop me from saying it again:  I love sweet potatoes. I’ve never been a huge fan of white potatoes themselves.  I know;  that’s very un-American.  Baked potatoes don’t thrill me, and I’m rarely tempted by french fries.  Luckily, Eric consumes enough of those to fulfill my quota.  And

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Spiced Maple-Nut Ice Cream

Spiced Maple Nut Ice Cream

When I go to Dietsch’s (dee-chez) ice cream parlor in Findlay, Ohio with my grandpa, I know for certain that he will order a scoop of black walnut.  Eric never eats dessert, but if key lime pie is on the menu, he will make an exception.  For my mom, a bowl of fresh red raspberries is the only way to end a meal. As far