Homemade Organic Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Streusel

For the Muffins:

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 7 Tbsp. [1 stick minus 1 Tbsp.] organic pasture butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 large organic pasture eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups organic unbleached white flour, PLUS 2 Tbsp. for dusting shredded apple
  • 4 tsp. Homemade Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Homemade Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded organic tart apples (such as organic Granny Smith)
  • 1-2 tsp. organic 100% lemon juice

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Core each apple, then shred and combine with lemon juice; Set aside.
  4. Once the butter and sugar are creamed, add each egg into the electric mixer separately and mix well in between.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, stir the flour, salt and baking powder together.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two segments, alternating with the milk and vanilla.
  7. Stir until just evenly moistened.  The batter will be slightly lumpy.
  8. Combine the shredded apple and 2 Tbsp. flour until well coated.
  9. Using a large spatula, fold in the shredded apples until just evenly distributed, no more than a few strokes.  Take care not to break up the fruit.  Do not overmix.
  10. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, filling it level with the cup.
  11. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven.
  13. Sprinkle each muffin with streusel.
  14. Place back into the oven and bake until golden, dry and springy to the touch, approximately an additional 8 – 13 minutes.  A toothpick inserted to the center of the muffin should come out clean.
  15. Place the muffins on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.
  16. Enjoy!

For the Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. organic pastured butter, cut into small pieces

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, light brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into the mixture just until coarse crumbs form.

Homemade Organic Hearty Vegetable Frittata

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 Tbsp. organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium organic Idaho potatoes, rinsed and diced small
  • 3/4 cup diced organic yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup diced organic bell pepper
  • 6 organic pasture eggs
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Organic Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded organic Colby cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated organic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. In an ovenproof skillet (such as an all-stainless-steel skillet), heat the oil over medium heat until warm and bubbly.
  3. Add the potatoes to the skillet and stir to coat thoroughly with the oil, then cook until the potatoes are lightly browned, approximately 15 to 20 minutes; Remove the potatoes from the pan and set aside.
  4. To the same skillet, add the onion and bell pepper; Saute until tender, approximately 5-6 minutes; Add the potatoes and saute until heated through, approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Beat the eggs with the salt, pepper, oregano, and cayenne; Pour the egg mixture on top of the cooked vegetable mixture.
  6. Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheeses are a light golden brown.

Homemade Organic Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

This is a great on-the-go breakfast when placed into a wide mouth pint Mason jar secured with a lid.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a wide mouth pint Mason jar; Stir until well combined.
  2. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

This is a great on-the-go breakfast when placed into a wide mouth pint Mason jar secured with a lid.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a wide mouth pint Mason jar; Stir until well combined.
  2. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Yields one serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Old-Fashioned Biscuits

I have adapted the recipe from Granny’s Made From-Scratch Biscuits; Click on the link for a video that shows her technique in making them as the batter will look the same for both styles of biscuits below.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 500° Fahrenheit; You must preheat the oven to 500° Fahrenheit because biscuits will not cook properly if placed in an oven which has not been preheated to the proper temperature first.
  2. Whisk the flour together until blended.
  3. Cut the flour with the lard/butter until it resembles crumbs.
  4. Add just enough milk to form a soft batter.
  5. Place the sticky dough onto a heavily floured surface.
  6. Pull the dough from the very bottom to the very top; Turn slightly and repeat.
  7. Add flour to the top of the dough every few turns; Continue pulling the dough from the bottom to the top until the dough is no longer tacky.
  8. Flatten the dough to 1-1/2″ thickness with your fingers.

To make Grands-styled biscuits:

  1. Grease a stainless-steel baking sheet with additional organic pasture butter.
  2. Dip a biscuit cutter of desired size into flour before cutting dough each time.
  3. Use the scraps to make hand-formed biscuits.
  4. Brush the tops of the biscuits with bacon grease or melted butter.
  5. Bake at 500° Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Do not cut biscuits, pull apart just like Grands.
  7. Enjoy!

To make hand-squeezed biscuits:

  1. Grease a stainless-steel baking sheet with additional organic pasture butter.
  2. Place the dough in one hand.
  3. Squeeze an amount, proportional to your desired biscuit size, to come through your hand away from the main dough ball; Clinch that hand into a fist, allowing pressure to pinch off the dough, so that gravity will drop it onto the counter.
  4. Pat and roll biscuit to desired shape.
  5. Brush the tops of the biscuits with bacon grease or melted butter.
  6. Bake at 500° Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Slice halve biscuits before serving.
  8. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Spicy Breakfast Sausage

I have adapted Alton Brown’s recipe to be organic and have the option use ground pork from the store or dried herbs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2-1/2 lbs. pastured organic pork butt, diced into 1/2″ pieces (If you don’t have a meat grinder, use 3 lbs. pastured organic ground pork instead of the butt and fat.)
  • 1/2 lb. pastured organic pork fat, diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic sage leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic rubbed sage
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic thyme leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic rosemary leaves; OR 1/8 tsp. crushed dry organic rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated organic nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes

Here’s How I do it:

Using a Meat Grinder:

  1. Combine the diced pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Using the fine blade of a grinder, grind the pork.
  3. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  4. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  5. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Using Ground Pork:

  1. Combine the ground pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  3. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

How to Freeze Sausage Patties:

  1. Roll the raw sausage into a log that is 1-1/2 ” in diameter. (Alternatively, you can roll the sausage into 1-inch rounds with your hands and freeze them individually before proceeding to the next step.)
  2. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper; Wrap again in aluminum foil.
  3. Write the date  on the foil that you made the sausage.
  4. Unwrap the packaging and slice while frozen.
  5. Cook the frozen sausage patties

Homemade Organic Banana, Peanut Butter and Maple Overnight Oats

This is a great on-the-go breakfast when placed into a wide mouth pint Mason jar secured with a lid.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a wide mouth pint Mason jar; Stir until well combined.
  2. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Smoked Bacon

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 5 pounds organic pastured pork belly, skin/rind removed (Use the skin for Homemade Organic Pork Rinds)
  • 1/2 cup Real Salt; OR Alaea Salt–omit celery seeds as this salt will also prevent botulism
  • 1/2 cup packed organic light brown sugar; OR 1 cup organic cane sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1 Tbsp. organic celery seeds (this is to prevent botulism)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Cut the pork belly into uniform square blocks of equal size.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients until well blended.
  3. In a glass casserole dish, put half of the cure on one side of the pork belly; Flip it over and put the remaining half of the cure on the other side of the pork belly.  (Make sure to work the cure over all parts of the bacon.)
  4. Place the dish into a refrigerator, uncovered, in the coldest area for 7 days; Check the bacon daily, flip it over, and pour off any liquid formed from the cure.
  5. Carefully rinse off the bacon, leaving some cure behind; Dry the bacon with paper toweling. (Make sure the bacon is still damp.)
  6. Prepare your home smoker according to manufacturer’s directions, and choose the type of wood you’d like the bacon to be smoked with.
  7. Heat your home smoker to 225° Fahrenheit; Smoke the pork belly for about 3 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 150° Fahrenheit.  (If you’d like, cook it to the traditional temperature of 165° Fahrenheit which will add approximately 1 more hour of smoke time.)
  8. Refrigerate the smoked bacon in a clean glass casserole dish overnight.
  9. Slice the bacon as thin or thick as desired.
  10. Freeze each piece individually on cookie sheets until completely frozen; The bacon will not be sticky to the touch.
  11. Wrap bacon into packages (I like to make them with about 8 slices each) of unbleached parchment paper, then wrap again with aluminum foil; Make sure to write the date you added them to the freezer and the type of bacon you made on the package.
  12. These can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  13. Enjoy!

 

 

Homemade Organic Fabulous French Toast

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 8 slices of day-old organic sandwich bread (or lightly toasted)
  • 1/4 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp. organic granulated cane sugar
  • 1 pinch Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Homemade Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 3 organic pasture eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. organic pasture butter

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk and eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  2. Soak bread in the egg mixture until soaked.
  3. Warm a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add a dot of butter to the skillet and place a piece of toast on top.  (Add another piece of toast if your skillet is large enough.)
  5. Cook until browned, approximately 6 minutes.
  6. Add a dot of butter to the pan, flip and cook until browned on the opposite side, approximately 6 minutes.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until all pieces of French toast have been made.
  8. Serve with Homemade Organic Maple Butter, Homemade Organic Pumpkin Pie Flavored Syrup or Organic Maple Syrup
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Almost Moons Over my Hammy Sandwich

I have adapted this recipe from Top Secret Recipes.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Tbsp. organic pasture butter, divided in half
  • 2 organic pasture eggs, scrambled
  • 1/4 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. organic freshly-ground peppercorn blend
  • 2 slices organic sourdough bread
  • 1 organic pasture ham steak
  • 4 slices organic swiss cheese (cut from a block of cheese)
  • 4 slices organic colby, cheddar or jack cheese (cut from a block of cheese)
  • organic lard or other fat for frying

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Put an omelette pan (or small frying pan) over medium high heat.
  2. Add lard to the pan and allow to get warm and bubbly.
  3. Fry the ham steak.  Make sure to get a good sear on each side of the ham, but don’t overcook it; Set aside.
  4. Lower the heat to medium.
  5. Mix the salt and pepper with the eggs and scramble them.
  6. Add more lard to the pan and allow to get warm and bubbly.
  7. Add the eggs to the pan and cook until 3/4 done.
  8. Flip the egg into an omelette; Set aside.  (This is for easier eating, but scrambled eggs work, too.)
  9. Place cheese on both pieces of bread (save a slice or two for the middle of the sandwich).
  10. Place the omelette on one piece of bread and the ham on the other.
  11. Place the remaining cheese on the piece of bread with the ham on it.
  12. Add some butter to the frying pan, being sure to leave it in the middle of the pan.
  13. Quickly add the piece of bread with the omelette on it on top of the butter.
  14. Once the bread is toasted, take it off of the heat.
  15. Place it on top of the bread with the ham slice on it.
  16. Add another pad of butter to the center of the pan.
  17. Place the sandwich on top of the butter.
  18. Cook until the other piece of bread is toasted.
  19. Slice diagonally and serve.
  20. Enjoy!