Home-made Ketchup and Oven Roasted French Fries

Ketchup, who doesn’t love it?! In my opinion, onion rings, french fries,  and cheeseburger are not complete without the tangy red sauce and If you are anything like my brothers you can find an excuse to put ketchup on most everything!

With that being said, you wouldn’t believe how excited I was to find a recipe for ketchup on a new favorite cooking blog, Stir It Up! I had no idea you could make ketchup at home (; And the best part, her recipe contained NO corn syrup! I was so inspired by the ketchup post that I quickly pulled together the ingredients and made my first batch of Ketchup. A few burns from the bubbling sauce and a tongue that is somewhat tired of sampling the batch of ketchup later and here I am to share the recipe with y’all. When I told my brother, who is practically a ketchup connoisseur(; , that we might never have to buy a bottle of ketchup again he was a bit skeptical but after tasting the batch he was actually excited!

Ketchup Recipe from Stir it Up



  • 1 6oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/4 c. evaporated cane sugar
  • (or brown sugar)
  • 3/8 c. white balsamic vinegar
  • (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. onion powder
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot. (Take my word for it – you want a large pot even though it doesn’t look like much ketchup in the bottom of it. It makes a bubbling, sticky mess!) Bring to a boil and stir constantly until liquid evaporates and mixture is as thick as ketchup. Bottle and chill before using.

Oven Roasted French Fries

Yields 4 servings

  • 4 baking potatoes sliced into desired shape
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Toss potatoes with all ingredients and spread evenly over a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crispy and golden!
  4. Serve with the Ketchup and enjoy!! (:

Homemade Mayonnaise

So delicious! Homemade mayonnaise is something I have been wanting to try for a while and am glad I did (:


Yeilds 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise!

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 cups olive oil


  1. In a Kitchen aid blender blend the eggs, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and salt until well blended. Add olive oil very slowly while blending until mayonnaise is perfect consistency.
  2. Watch this mayonnaise making video!!  It is very helpful (:

Marinara in Minutes

Original Recipe Yields  approximately 6 cups marinara


  • 3 cans stewed tomatoes- do not drain
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic -minced
  • 1/2 tbs dried basil
  • 1/2 tbs dried oregano
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbs dried parsley


  1. Saute the onion and garlic  with olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium head until transparent, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Either submerge immersion blender  blender into pan  and blend until completely Puréed or add to a food processor and pulse until puréed.
  3. Add Parsley and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes, stir frequently.
  4. Enjoy!