Food & Recipes

by Julie Branstetter, Th.B. Welcome to everyone's favorite page, of which the purpose is to share the joy of food and cooking. Please know that the purpose of this page is not to help you live a healthy life. That page is labelled 'Health & Fitness". I have to say this because you will find sweets and desserts and BREAD everything considered evil by the health food industry and I totally understand, but this girl loves food too much to leave anything out. Not to mention I have learned that you don't have to cut foods out of your diet to be healthy you just need to moderate yourself. More on that on the health page. Some recipes are super healthy and some are indulgent, but the blog over all celebrates the joy of cooking and creating enjoyable food. Many times indulgent recipes can use substitutes to make them lighter so keep that in mind while you browse. The greater the variety the better. Guest posts and recipes are always welcome too!

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Homemade Granola With Fruit

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Appetizers & Snacks 

Homemade Granola Recipe With Fruit

4 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats (Not the quick oats)
1 to 1.5 Cups of chopped almonds (I sometimes use 1/2 pecans and 1/2almonds)
1/2 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon of salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil (can substitute melted coconut oil)
1/4 Cup Honey
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 Teaspoons Vanilla 
1.5 Cups of Dried Fruit (I like dried cherries, blueberries and cranberries or you can use Raisins)

Preheat Oven to 300 degrees
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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Appetizers & Snacks 
Make the most of your watermelon this summer!
1.  Use a melon-baler to scoop out the fruit and keep in containers in the fridge for quick snacking.
2.  Use a potato peeler to peel the rind.  Throw the peel in the compost. 
3.  Slice up the rind and make watermelon rind pickles!  Place the sliced rind in a container with 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar.  Add salt and pepper and cover in the fridge to pickle. 

After a few hours you can begin to snack on your pickles.  Waste not, want not. 


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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Appetizers & Snacks 
Want to add a little extra yum to your roasted marshmallows by the fire pit?

Try pulling the marshmallow slightly open and stuff a bit of chocolate inside the middle. What makes melted marshmallow better? A little melted chocolate! It's easier than a s'more and yummier than just a marshmallow. <3

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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, April 5, 2012, In : Appetizers & Snacks 
Here is a very easy way to make homemade cottage cheese right from your own kitchen.  Once you taste this you'll never want to buy it from the grocery store again.  Of course if you have access to fresh raw milk, that's the best, but even if you don't you can still make this recipe easy and fairly quick!

      What You Will Need:
  • 1 gallon Whole or Skim Milk
  • .75 cup fresh white vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • .5 cup half and half or cream
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Food thermometer
  • Cheese cloth & strainer

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