Homemade Organic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Cook Macaroni:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 2 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil along with a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the macaroni to the water and cook until just under al dente, approximately 3-1/2 to 4 minutes; Strain, and top with a little bit of butter or organic extra-virgin olive oil to keep them from sticking.

To Make Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a medium chef’s saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat; Add 3 Tbsp. flour, yellow mustard, salt, and pepper; Stir until well combined, then cook for a minute.
  2. Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time; Whisk in-between adding the milk to ensure that the sauce remains smooth.
  3. Once the mixture has thickened, begin adding cheeses one half-handful at a time; Stir in-between additions to keep the sauce smooth.

To Assemble Casserole:

  1. Place the cooked macaroni into an 8″ X 8″ casserole dish.
  2. Pour the cheese sauce on top of the macaroni and stir until well combined.
  3. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumb mixture on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling at the sides, the breadcrumbs are lightly browned and the cheese is melted on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Copycat McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce

I found the original recipe here and I’ve adapted it to make it organic and remove the corn syrup along with the synthetic chemicals.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Put all of the ingredients into a medium-size sauce pot and whisk until everything is smooth and combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium heat, whisking constantly.
  3. Lower heat to a slow boil or simmer and cook this mixture anywhere from 3-5 minutes, whisking constantly.
  4. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.
  5. Remove from heat and it can be served immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers in a glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
  6. If you’d like to reheat the sauce, add it to a sauce pot with a little bit of water and warm over medium heat.
  7. This recipe yields approximately a cup-and-a-half of dipping sauce.
  8. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Almost Heinz 57 Sauce

Wow, I am so glad that I was able to make this sauce.  The recipe that I adapted can be found here.  I added more turmeric to the recipe to get the traditional color.  Otherwise it would look much more like ketchup mixed with raisin puree.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The taste matures in the refrigerator, so allow it to marinate overnight.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup organic raisin puree
  • 1 cup organic distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup [8 ounces/ 7 ounces plus 2 Tbsp.] organic tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 2 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Basic Yellow Mustard; OR Homemade Organic French’s-Styled Classic Yellow Mustard 
  • 2 Tbsp. homemade organic applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. organic lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. pureed organic onion
  • 1 organic clove garlic, pureed
  • 4 tsp. organic turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. Homemade Chili Powder
  • 1 pinch organic cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch organic celery seed

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour the 1/3 cup of raisins into a pint-and-a-half jar with 1/3 cup of water.
  2. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and onion to the raisins, and puree for a minute on low with an immersion blender.
  4. Put the puree and the remaining ingredients into a 2 quart chef’s saucepan.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Big Daddy’s Carolina BBQ Sauce

I found the original recipe on About.com.

Here’s what you need:

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Mix all ingredients (except soy sauce and butter)
  2. Simmer on low for 30 minutes (be careful not to simmer too long!)
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!