Friday, August 1, 2014

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Fancy measuring spoons in my kitchen.. they are heavy duty!
Why? Because the light weight, old aluminum ones got dropped
down the garbage Dispos-All.  Chewed them thangs right up!

Now I know why a person might want to spend $14 on a set of 
measuring spoons. 

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    I still remember the very first time I ever tasted this luscious substance. It became the way I learned to
eat broccoli and cauliflower!  It was at Poppy & Granny Bradley's house.  It was either Aunt Peggy
or Aunt Barbara who introduced us to it.   Back in that day Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Dressing
was made the way I'm going to post here.  It was how I learned to love it. I don't care for the bottled
brand as much because of the consistency.  It is too gloppy and thick. I find it too salty as well.
I got to calling it Carolina Ketchup because of Jared's friend Walter Rogowski.  He said he eats it on everything. I've had nieces and nephews who've done the same!  
   Simple. Easy. Delicious. Fattening.
There are lots of good things that can be fixed right in a mason jar. 
1 clean quart mason jar with a tight lid
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing powder
1 cup fresh buttermilk
1 cup mayonnaise


Pour buttermilk into jar
Pour packet of mix into jar
Place lid on tightly and shake
Open and add 1 cup mayonnaise
Replace lid tightly and shake again well until all mixed
and no lumps remain.

The recipe says to chill for 30 minutes before serving, but if the ingredients and cold when I make it I find it is not necessary!

Store refrigerated. Keeps for about a week.
Gather the ingredients

Finished in less than 5 minutes. 

Strawberry Avocado Salad

Ponytail Palm on my front porch

Strawberry Avocado Salad

   I love salads any time of year, but Summer when it is hot I especially prefer lighter meals.
I first had this salad at Grinder & Grains here in Maryville, TN.   They serve it with a perfect
honey thyme dressing, but I don't know how to make that yet.   I will post the recipe if I get it.

 1 avocado
12 large strawberries washed
1 head of red leaf lettuce washed and drained
1/4 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup slivered almonds 
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 red onion 
2 large salad bowls

Tear lettuce into bite sized pieces and fill bowls
Peel and slice avocado into small bites
Cap, core and slice strawberries and place in salads
Finely slice red onion and place in salad-- its strong so use care.
Top with feta cheese crumbles
Top with slivered almonds & cranberries

Serves 2

Use the dressing of your choice.
Finished Strawberry Avocado Salad before dressing