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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Roasted Garlic & Asparagus Chicken Pasta

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Saturday, January 3, 2015, In : Dinner 

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How to Cut Pasta By Hand!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : Dinner 
This video is not in English, but you can watch it and figure out what she is doing! I will post an easy recipe soon for making your own pasta. It is very simple, so simple you could make a pasta dish from scratch all at once for cheap every night if you so wanted. Check it out!!
 

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OH MY, CHICKEN POT PIE!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Friday, July 20, 2012, In : Dinner 
 
OH MY CHICKEN POT PIE!

Maybe summer-time doesn't strike you as the time for a chicken pot pie, but if you are like me you may be secretly wishing to bring on the fall by now.  I mean why not?  Everything fabulous happens in the fall!!!  So, get ready for some "Oh My Chicken Pot Pie"!  That's right, it's good.   Now go make yourself some!  You will need 2 pie crusts; one for the bottom and one for the top of the pie.  You can use my pie crust recipe from scratch, or you use a store bought box...
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SOUTHERN FRIED OKRA (in healthy coconut oil)

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, July 16, 2012, In : Dinner 
If you have ever grown your own okra then you know that you will be either eating it every night or preparing some for the freezer.  For those of you who would like to fry up a batch in the healthiest way possible, here is my recipe for you.

1.  Pick the okra and wash them.  Try to pick them when they are about 4 inches long so they will still be tender.  Don't let them get too big or they will be tough and stringy.

2.  Slice off the top and tip of each okra.  Try to only cut off the stem cap.

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COCONUT MILK RICE WITH MANGO SALSA

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Saturday, June 30, 2012, In : Dinner 
Jerk seasoning on fish and shrimp, grilled and served with coconut milk rice and mango salsa is delicious!!  Making coconut rice is easy!!  Just use coconut milk in place of the water.  I used instant rice and simply substituted the water for coconut milk.  That's it!  I found the coconut milk in the cooler section where the other milk products are sold at the grocery store.

Here's how to make the mango salsa!

YOU WILL NEED:
1 cup of diced Mango
1 cup of diced Pineapple
1/2 cup of diced Cucumber
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JULIE'S HOMEMADE CHILI

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Dinner 
Here is another one of those recipes for inviting groups of people over to your house for no other reason than to feed it to them.  It is loved by many and easy for all.  The toppings is what really puts it over the top.  This recipe will feed 5 people.  If you are inviting people over, obviously you will want to double or triple the recipe.  It helps to have made up plenty of chili seasoning so you can just add 1/2 cup of seasoning to the pot per recipe. 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 diced onion
1 (14....
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BEST BAKED MACARONI RECIPE

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, In : Dinner 
Here is our favorite recipe for macaroni and cheese.  Many of our friends love this and will even find reasons to come over if they know it is being made.  It is enough for dinner for four and lunch for four the next day.  It is great reheated too.  Make some and eat for a couple of days but be for warned!  This is very cheesy so if you have any resistance to cheese, enjoy at your own risk!!

INGREDIENTS:
1 Box of Noodles (*I like large macaroni noodles found at Food Lion, or you could use a zit...

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MOREL AND SPRING ONION SOUP

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, April 16, 2012, In : Dinner 
Springtime brings out the morels and the spring onions.  So toss them in the pot and make a very flavorful spring soup.  Great for sipping from cups around a campfire in the evenings.  We love to add angel hair pasta to make it more filling or you could add some wild rice.  Either would be delicious and fit with this soup perfectly!  If you don't have morel mushrooms or just don't want to spend the money for them (they can be costly) you can substitute your favorite mushroom.  You can use reg...

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CROCKPOT CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, February 27, 2012, In : Dinner 
I love recipes that are easy and delicious.  You don't have to stand in the kitchen for hours to have a great meal.  It's a cool damp day in North Carolina; what better to end it with than a warm bowl of chicken and dumplings that you DIDN'T have to slave over for hours.  Enjoy!


You Will Need:
  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Can of refrigerated Canned Biscuits
Instructions:
  1. Clean and cut chicken breasts into large pieces.
  2. Combine chicken pieces, can of soup and ...

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QUICK ITALIAN DINNER!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Dinner 
In the mood for a quick Italian dinner tonight?  Here's a dinner idea that you can put together quickly by purchasing prechopped and precooked ingredients and tossing them together for a great meal in only a tiny bit of time!

Chicken Parmesan Fanfalle, Tossed Italian Salad, Parmesan Butter Croissants, and Lentil Soup.

You Will Need:
  • 1 Box of Fanfalle "Bowtie" Pasta Noodles
  • 1 Jar of Bertolli Olive Oil & Garlic Tomato Sauce
  • 6 oz. of Cooked Chicken Breast Meat
  • 2 cans of Progresso Lentil Soup
  • 1 Can of C...

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