There are many different buzz words that explain this phenomenon: flexitarian, semi-vegetarian, and week day vegetarian; where you only eat meat on the week-ends. But anyway you want to say it, you are cutting back on the meat you eat. Some do it for health reasons, animal rights, the environment or all of the above!

Removing high fructose corn syrup and preservatives from our table.
This is my on-line recipe book with my adventures into finding healthy food for my family to eat....
Trying to cook more from scratch with less prepared foods.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Growing up my grandmother used to make her own ketchup and being a spoiled brat I didn't like until my pre-teens when she ran out of the bottled kind. It had a bite to it so as kids we called it "hot" ketchup. My aunt made it for awhile but she is busy taking care of Ted. so I found a couple recipes on line and kinda mixed the spices around to my liking.

6 ounce can tomato paste
1/4 to 1/3 cup tap water (depending on desired consistency)
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
pinch nutmeg
pinch allspice
pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar or maple syrup

In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients with a wire whisk. Blend well. Scrape the mixture into a pint-sized, re-sealable container. Or empty ketchup  bottle that has been cleaned out!  Chill overnight, to blend the flavors. Use wherever ketchup is desired. Keeps for months in the refrigerator.

Or can it like my grandmother used to. Leave a 1/8 headspace. Sorry I don't know how to can but know that much!

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