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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Rocky Road Brownies

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, In : Desserts 

Rocky Road Brownies

Before the last 5 minutes of baking your favorite brownie recipe, top it with a mixture of:
  • 1 cup of pecans,
  • 1-1/4 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips.
SO yummy! Oh and cut it with a wet knife so the marshmallows won't pull on the knife so bad. I ended up scooping ours out with a big spoon, much easier.  Enjoy!

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Deep Fried Oreos

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Desserts 

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Homemade Whipped Cream

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Desserts 

Homemade whipped cream is so easy it almost doesn't warrant a blog post, except that almost no one I know realizes it can be homemade much easier and tastes so much better.


  • 2 Cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 Cup of sugar


  • Use a mixer to mix the heavy cream and sugar in a large bowl.  Start on a low speed and once the sugar has dissolved slowly wrok up in speed.  Mix for awhile until it reaches the thickness you desire.  Once the cream peaks well you are done. :)...

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Homemade Caramel (dulce de leche)

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Desserts 

Did you know you can make caramel with one ingredient in your slow cooker?  Just submerge an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in water in your slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours.  You could also opt to cook it on low for 8-10 hours if you will be out for the day.  Make sure you put the can(s) in a dish and put the dish in the slow cooker and make sure the cans are completely under water.  In 5 hours you'll have a can of delicious dulce de leche, caramel!

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Strawberry Sorbet

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Desserts 

This was my first attempt at making homemade strawberry sorbet in the ice cream machine.  It was such a success I think I am going to also try peach sorbet.  This sorbet is smooth and creamy and absolutely delicious!!  I am amazed how few ingredients there are in this and how delicious it turned out.  Anyone can make it, so here's the recipe!


2/3 cup of Sugar

2/3 cup of Water

2 lbs. of Strawberries

3 tablespoons of Citrus Juice  (lemon or orange)


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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Desserts 
I found a delicious looking recipe in the local newspaper called 'Pineapple Angel Lush'.  When I tried it, it was good, but not irresistible.  My problem with the original recipe was the angel food cake.  It is too spongy and too dry for the other ingredients and doesn't seem to 'belong' in the recipe.  Of course I made a couple changes and now it is irresistible!  This is a great spring and summer dessert for any reason but especially nice for picnics and BBQ gatherings. 


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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, In : Desserts 
These peanut butter cookies tastes great!! They look and taste just like cookies made with flour, but they are gluten and dairy free.  It only takes three ingredients and a few minutes to pull this together!!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 9-10 minutes
Makes 36 regular sized cookies.


1 cup of Sugar
1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter
1 large egg


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2) Mix all three ingredients
3) Scoop out the dough and roll it into one inch balls
4) Place...
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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : Desserts 
This is truly a VERY good and EASY fudge recipe for Rocky Road lovers.
Last summer we set out for our annual vacation to the North Carolina Coast and a couple of our friends took us out on their boat from Pine Knoll Shores over to Beaufort for lunch and shopping.  After we ate at a wonderful little market restaurant, We walked the streets shopping and sight seeing and found a fantastic little fudge shop.  It was my first, but not last, experience with Rocky Road Fudge.  My goodness it was deli...

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