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Julia Usher baking in her home kitchen
Blog Recipes and Tips From Julia Usher

April 5, 2010

Postcard Place Card

I’ve got vintage postcards for every major holiday. Often, I just tuck them into tabletop vignettes to help convey the seasonal party...

Projects | Paper CraftContinue

April 4, 2010

Wafer-Papering Technique Tips

Wafer-papering is relatively new to cookie decorating and involves nothing more than a simple cut-and-paste technique. For the uninitiated,...

Projects | Decorating TechniquesContinue

April 4, 2010

Dough-Wrapping Technique Tips

I’ve just begun to play with dough-wrapping to create cool 3-D cookie effects - and I love it! But what the heck is dough-wrapping, you...

Projects | Decorating TechniquesContinue

March 29, 2010

Flourless Guinness Stout Cake

In dreaming up desserts for my recent St. Patty’s Day KMOV TV appearance, I devised this to-die-for Guinness stout-laced cake. Though beer...

Recipes | CakesContinue

March 28, 2010

Bring in Spring

Around about mid-March last year, I caught a serious case of spring fever. No surprise really, considering the season’s painfully long St....

Parties | SpringContinue

March 24, 2010

Hard-boiled Quail Eggs

A sexy hard-boiled egg? Well, that’s how my good friend described this springtime amuse bouche when I planted it atop his dinner plate last...

Recipes | SavoriesContinue

March 6, 2010

Guinness Braised Beef

Now here’s something to stout (oops, shout) about - and just in time for St. Patty’s Day! This recipe harks from my James Beard-nominated...

Recipes | SavoriesContinue

March 1, 2010

Stenciling Technique Tips

A cookie decorating technique after my own heart, stenciling doesn’t require that you be a born-again Van Gogh. With a pretty stencil, the...

Projects | Decorating TechniquesContinue

February 15, 2010

Marbling Technique Tips

Marbling is responsible for the wonderfully intricate, Italian watermark-like patterns on the various cookies, pictured right. While...

Projects | Decorating TechniquesContinue

February 15, 2010

Royal Icing

Royal Icing is hands-down my favorite icing for cookie decorating. The egg whites in Royal Icing make it faster drying than confectioner’s...

Recipes | IcingsContinue

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