Homemade Organic Marinated Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad

I have slightly adapted this recipe from Serious Eats.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped organic basil
  • 1 pound organic mozzarella, cubed; OR organic ciliegine mozzarella (cherry-size mozzarella balls)
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1 pint [2 cups] organic cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. organic balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 Tbsp. organic red wine vinegar

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine the oil, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Add the mozzarella, then cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Add tomatoes and vinegar to the mozzarella; Toss to combine.
  4. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Ricotta Cheese and Sweet Whey

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 gallon grass-fed organic whole milk with cream-on-top (or add grass-fed organic heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup organic distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic champagne vinegar (or add 1/4 cup organic distilled white vinegar to make 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp. Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat the milk over medium heat until it reaches 180° Fahrenheit, this takes approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  (I recommend doing other kitchen tasks while waiting on the milk to heat.)
  2. Take the milk off of the heat, then add the vinegar; Allow it to stand for 1 minute to curdle.
  3. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth lined sieve for about 1 hour, longer if you want your cheese drier.
  4. Do NOT toss the liquid, that’s sweet whey!  This recipe makes approximately 14 cups of whey and 3 cups of ricotta cheese.
  5. Both the cheese and whey can be frozen.  I chose to freeze the ricotta in three 1-cup glass Mason jars and the whey in pint glass Mason jars, both with tight-fitting lids.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Hot Chocolate

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 4 Tbsp. organic raw cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp. organic granulated cane sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. Real Salt
  • 4 cups grass-fed organic whole milk

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cocoa powder, sugar, salt and 1/2 cup of milk; Stir while cooking to make a syrup.
  2. Bring the heat to medium-high and add the remaining milk to the syrup; Cook to just under boiling.  Do NOT boil.
  3. Serve beverage hot.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Italian Salad

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 head organic Romaine lettuce, torn
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded organic radicchio or shredded organic purple cabbage
  • 2 organic Roma tomatoes, halved then sliced
  • 1/2 small organic red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 cup sliced organic cremini mushrooms
  • 1 medium organic carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup organic black olives
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh organic oregano OR *1 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup grated organic parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup (more or less to taste) Simple Homemade Organic Italian Dressing, Homemade Organic Fresh Italian Dressing or Homemade Organic Creamy Italian Dressing

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the dressing.
  2. Toss to combine ensuring that it’s well mixed.
  3. Place the salads in bowls and drizzle with dressing.
  4. Enjoy!

Deconstructed Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz. organic cream cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapeno slices
  • 1/2 tsp. organic Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. Real Salt
  • 2  slices organic sourdough bread

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Warm a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp. butter and place a slice of bread on top.
  3. On top of the bread, sprinkle some cheese and place the jalapeno slices on top.
  4. Cook the bread until it’s lightly browned; Remove from pan and place on a plate.
  5. Add 1 more Tbsp. of butter to the pan and place another slice of bread on top.
  6. Add the cream cheese, salt and Italian seasoning to the bread and sprinkle with more shredded cheese.
  7. Place the removed piece of bread with the jalapeno slices on it on top of the the other slice of bread in the pan.
  8. Cook until lightly golden brown on the bottom.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Fettuccine with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2/3 cup organic sun-dried tomatoes not packed in oil  (14 – 15 sun-dried tomato halves)
  • 3 – 4 organic garlic cloves, peeled
  • 8 oz. [1 bar] organic cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. organic dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup [1/2 stick] organic pasture butter
  • 1/4 cup organic sour cream
  • 1 lb. organic uncooked fettuccine
  • 1/4 cup organic first cold pressed olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh organic parsley OR 2 tsp. organic dried parsley flakes
  • 3 quarts unchlorinated and unfluoridated water

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Boil 3 quarts of water in a large stock pot.
  2. Cover tomatoes with boiling water; Let stand for 10 minutes and drain; Reserve soaking liquid for another use.
  3. Add the fettuccine noodles to the stock pot with 1 tsp. Real Salt.
  4. Cook until al dente, approximately 6-8 minutes.
  5. Drain the noodles and return to the pot; Coat with olive oil.
  6. Place tomatoes and garlic in covered food processor or blender container; Process until coarsely chopped.
  7. Add cream cheese, oregano, salt and pepper; Process until well blended.
  8. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter; Stir in the cream cheese mixture and sour cream.
  9. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until thoroughly heated.
  10. Add the cream cheese mixture to the fettuccine noodles and garnish with parsley; Serve immediately.
  11. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Medicinal Pickled Garlic

This recipe comes from Rosemary Gladstar’s book Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide.  For more information about this recipe, please check out Cupcake Rehab.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A glass Mason jar with tight-fitting lid (I usually use a pint-and-a-half, but any size will do)
  • Enough peeled organic garlic cloves to fill the jar.
  • organic apple cider vinegar [Eden’s Organic is awesome]
  • raw local honey from real honeybees

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Fill the jar with garlic cloves.
  2. Pour enough apple cider vinegar over the cloves to totally submerge the garlic.
  3. Place in a warm but dark place for 3-4 weeks.
  4. After a few weeks, strain the liquid and set aside.
  5. Take half of the liquid with an equal amount of honey and add it to a small saucepan.
  6. Retain the extra vinegar for use in dressings, quick pickles and marinades.
  7. Heat the mixture over very low heat until fully dissolved and blended.
  8. Pour this back over the garlic and allow to sit for another 3 weeks in a cool dark place, like your pantry.
  9. You can eat a clove of the garlic whenever you wish, but for treating cold or flu, you should eat about 3-5 cloves a day.
  10. Enjoy!