That sounds a little silly since food you prepare at home IS home-made. But I mean real home made things. Have you ever made salad dressing, mayonnaise, cake from scratch or bread? That is what I am talking about.
This weekend, I wanted to make deviled eggs but realized we were out of mayonnaise. So I looked up some recipes and got out my wand blender and gave it a whirl. It turned out great! I didn't really use any specific recipe but more of an amalgam of several and substitutions of ingredients I had on hand.
I put all of these into a tall plastic cup:
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp vinegar
3/4 tsp brown mustard
1/2 tsp sugar and salt
1 1/2 cups oil
Then I placed the wand blender into the cup all the way to the bottom. Holding it in this position, I pulsed the blender until the mixture at the bottom got all white and thick. Then, continuing to pulse, I slowly moved the blender up and down in the cup to mix the rest of the oil until it was all a thick creaminess.
In total, mixing this up only took about 5 minutes. It yields about 1 1/2 cups. Refrigerate! This will only keep 3-4 days but it is so easy to make, you can make it when you need it. Now, It was not bad but I am going to play with the recipe a little (spices, vinegar amount etc) until I find something I really like.
* you can use a whisk to make this as well. Mix together all ingredients except the oil. While whisking briskly, slowly drizzle in the oil.
I would like to find an easy ketchup recipe but I think one at a time is good.