Homemade Organic Apple Crisp

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 4 organic apples (I used a mixture of tart and sweet), rinsed, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. organic 100% lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. unchlorinated and unflouridated water
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. organic brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. organic white sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp. organic pasture butter, softened; OR organic coconut oil (for vegan option)
  • 1 pinch Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the water and lemon juice together in a small bowl, dip the sliced apples into it to stop them from browning, if desired.
  3. Arrange the sliced apples in the bottom of a 6-cup casserole dish; Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, add oats, softened butter or coconut oil, pinch of salt and both sugars; Stir with spoon or use your hands until well blended.
  5. Press the oat mixture on top of the apples in the casserole; Make sure that it’s flattened on the top of the casserole.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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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 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 Pepper Jack and Chipotle Cheddar 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, salt and ground chipotle pepper (if using) and 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. Combine the 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup cheese mixture from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Spicy Chipotle Cheddar recipe.
  2. Place the cooked macaroni into an 8″ X 8″ casserole dish.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce on top of the macaroni and stir until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumb and cheese mixture on top of the casserole.
  5. 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.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Fresh Take Cottage Pie

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Make the Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Rinse the potatoes thoroughly under cold running water; Chop the potatoes into cubes of the same size.
  2. In a stock pot, bring 4 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil; Add the cubed potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until fork tender then strain the potatoes reserving the cooking water.
  3. Place the cooked potatoes, butter, 1 cup reserved potato cooking water, and the cheese blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe into a medium mixing bowl; Mash until well combined and smooth, adding additional potato water if necessary.

To Make the Beef Stew:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, start defrosting the meat mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, carrots and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic (if using); Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, salt, parsley, rosemary, thyme, ground peppercorns and sage to the beef mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the peas, green beans, beef stock and vegetable stock, stir until thoroughly combined; Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbly.

To assemble the casserole:

  1. Place the beef stew mixture in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish.
  2. Carefully top the stew mixture with the potato mixture.
  3. Sprinkle the breadcrumb and seasoning blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly around the edges and the breadcrumbs are a light golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Baked Margharita Penne Pasta

I have greatly modified this recipe from All Things Mac and Cheese.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups dry organic penne pasta
  • 5 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 3 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 1 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded organic mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. organic dried basil
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground organic white pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups freshly diced organic tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sliced organic green onions
  • 1 recipe Homemade Organic Margharita Topping

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1 tsp. Real Salt to a boil; Add the pasta and cook for 6-8 minutes, not to al dente, drain and place into an 8x8x2″ baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter in a chef’s saucepan until warm and add the flour; Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in the whey/milk little by little until all of it is incorporated into the roux.
  5. Add the mozzarella a handful at a time and stir until melted.
  6. Stir in the salt, basil and white pepper until well blended.
  7. Add the tomatoes, green onions and cheese sauce to the pasta and stir until well comined.
  8. Sprinkle the Homemade Organic Margharita Topping over the casserole.
  9. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit.
  10. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Vegetarian Flour Tortillas

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups organic unbleached white flour
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup warm unchlorinated and unfluoridated water (110°)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together flour, salt and baking powder.
  2. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles cornmeal.
  3. Add 1/2 cup warm water and mix until dough can be gathered into a ball.  (If needed, add more water, 1 Tbsp. at a time.)
  4. Let dough rest 15 minutes, covered with a clean kitchen towel.
  5. Divide dough into 12 portions.
  6. Shape each portion into a ball.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each ball with a small luncheon plate.
  8. Roll each flattened ball into a 7-inch round.
  9. Trim uneven edges to make round tortillas, if necessary.
  10. Cook in an ungreased skillet over medium-high heat until each tortilla is lightly browned on both sides.
  11. Yields 12 tortillas.
  12. Enjoy!