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 Hot Chocolate (not cocoa)

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Drinks 

What's the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?  The base of hot chocolate is melted chocolate and the base of hot cocoa is...  you guessed it, cocoa powder.  This is a favorite recipe of many of my friends.  Ah!  Memories of hanging out around the fire pit in our back yard at night, sipping on this drink and talking about good things all come flooding back to me with every sip.  It's definitely delicious so give it a try!  This recipe makes 2 cups.  If you...

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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Drinks 
Here is a great soda from scratch to share with those you love on Valentine's Day!  My girls loved it!

You Will Need:
  • 2 cups of white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cumin
  • couple of pinches of cayenne (depends on how spicy hot you like it)
  • 1.5 liter club soda

  1. Put sugar in a stainless steel pot, add water, stir over medium heat until completely dissolved.  It will dissolve eventually.  Once the sugar is completely dissolved it will ...

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Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, In : Drinks 
We have a new favorite in our house lately.  Root beer has always been a favorite for the girls in my house but lately we've been making it homemade and it is delicious!  Enjoy this super easy recipe and watch your children's eyes light up.

You Will Need:
  • 1.5 cups water
  • .75 cup sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Root Beer Concentrate
  • 1 Bottle (1 liter) club soda
I found the root beer concentrate next to the vanilla extract in Walmart and the club soda was not in the soda section, it was located on the coffee/beer...
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