Happy New Year, with a side of Ranch!

Welcome 2012! The year 2011 was full of...goodness. We moved across the country, started new jobs, celebrated a year of wedded bliss, I ran my first marathon and there are lots of other wonderful things that have been added to my list of adventures.

Now let's talk New Year's resolutions. What do you think? Are they silly? Fun? Practical? Never do them? For me - I looove goals, so it is just an excuse for me to do or try something new. This year, I am going to try and make as many things as I can from scratch.

Being in a new city with a small friend base, I spent my New Year's cleaning out my pantry and organizing (this including chalk board paint by the way...for labeling jars!) After reading several food labels in my pantry and not being able to pronounce some/most of the ingredients, I figured this was a good change. And since I've started doing this already over the past few months (bread, pita, marshmallows), I know it can be done. Plus, homemade fresh stuff taste *so* much better! I am determined to make these things easy, so I can do it often and share it with others.

I started this weekend with making Ranch Dressing and it did not disappoint. I made a few batches messing with all the different adds ins and decided the simpler the ingredients the better. The fresh herbs and garlic get stronger as it sits in the fridge and really makes it pop. I mean, this stuff is good. Really good. And easy! Chris wanted to make his hot sauce so it was a perfect combination. Plus it was fun to both be in the kitchen making stuff together.

Ranch Dressing
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Adapted from Pioneer Women and Joy the Baker
Makes 16oz
1 Cup Light Mayo
1/2 Cup Low Fat Sour Cream
1/2 Low Fat Buttermilk
1/2 Low Fat Milk
1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped and mashed into a paste (add a little pinch of salt on top)
1/4 Cup Fresh Flat Leaf Italian Parsley, chopped finely

1/4 Cup Fresh Chives, chopped finely
Salt and Pepper to taste

Chop the garlic up as much as you can. Then with a fork, mash it into a paste like substance. Add a pinch of salt and throw it into a medium size bowl. Chop up the herbs as fine as you can and add to the garlic. Then, mix everything together with a whisk. You can adjust the buttermilk/milk to get the consistency you want. If you add more milk, it will be thinner like a dressing, buttermilk will make it thicker like a dip. Either way - its delish! Also, you can use "real" mayo, sour cream etc.  I just tried to cut it back a bit - for the New Year and all.



1 comment:

  1. Looks great, I'm going to have to give it a whirl!


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