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


I started cooking alongside my mother I-won’t-say-how-many years ago. I guess those habits learned at any early age are hard to break, as I’m still dreaming up recipes at a rapid pace. Be sure to check back here often for the latest additions, both savory and sweet, to my recipe file. And don’t be daunted by the length of any recipe. I like to fully script out all steps, so that every recipe is do-able, even for novice cooks and bakers!

Red Raspberry-Rose Sorbet
Photo by Julia M. Usher


May 4, 2010

Cinnamon-Walnut Crescent Cookies

My Mom is a fanatic for all things fresh, so I guess it should come as no surprise that I spent a ton of time with her in the kitchen as I...

Recipes | CookiesContinue

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 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

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

February 14, 2010

Pancetta-Sage Mac ‘n Cheese

When asked by my editor at Sauce magazine to develop a soul-satisfying winter dish, I could think of nothing better than mac ‘n cheese. (No...

Recipes | SavoriesContinue

December 31, 1969

Raspberry-Truffle Brownie Bars

From the Valentine’s Day chapter in Cookie Swap, this recipe is sure to have chocolate fans falling head over heels. In this triple-decker...

Recipes | CookiesContinue

December 31, 1969

Cinnamon Heart Marshmallows

I’m not a fan of the cold. In fact, if I could go sockless and coatless all the time, I would. But, alas, this winter’s been a tough...

Recipes | Other SweetsContinue

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