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Homemade Ranch (and Chipotle Ranch) Dressing and a Trick for “making” Buttermilk

Published February 13, 2014 by jenmatteson

I make a lot of salad dressing, mainly vinaigrettes, which are generally pretty simple.  However, one dressing I’ve never attempted to make before was ranch.  We always just buy it in the bottle – basically the only dressing I buy in the bottle.

Ranch Dressing

I’ve always been a vinaigrette girl, but when I first met Nate, he put ranch on everything.  And I seriously mean everything (pizza, sandwiches, cereal…okay, maybe not cereal).  Being that it was always around, it sorta turned me into a ranch person, too.  But just on my salad 😉  One thing I have a severe weakness for is anything with a chipotle ranch.  Any salad or sandwich with this on it, and it’s a sure bet that’s what I’m going to order.  So, in deciding to make homemade ranch dressing, I thought I better throw in a chipotle ranch, too.  Good thing I did, because it’s soooooooo good.  The ranch is great, too, but man, the chipotle ranch is the bomb!  Try it on tacos instead of Greek yogurt or sour cream.  It’ll knock your socks off!

Play around with the seasonings, and feel free to substitute fresh for dried or dried for fresh, depending on what you have in the fridge.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

TIP: Oh, and a quick tip about buttermilk.  I don’t usually have this in my fridge, and I hate buying some to only use a few tablespoons and let the rest go to waste.  So whether you’re in a pinch or you’re like me and hate buying the stuff, you can easily make your own at home with things you probably already have, milk and white vinegar.  To a liquid measuring cup, add one tablespoon vinegar, then fill with milk to the 1 cup line.  Let the mixture sit for at least 5 minutes before using, and viola!  Buttermilk.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Source: Adapted from Pioneer Woman
Servings: Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients:

1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 cup buttermilk (see tip above if you don’t have any)

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in food processor, except buttermilk.  Slowly add buttermilk to desired consistency.  Adjust seasonings to taste.  This will last in your fridge in an airtight container for about a week.

To make chipotle ranch dressing, add 1/2-1 tsp (depending on preference) McCormick chipotle chili pepper.

Almond Butter

Published September 5, 2013 by jenmatteson

**I have to preface this post with the fact that it was obviously written a few weeks ago, as I mention that I’m leaving for my weeding in less than a week, and guess what, I already told you yesterday that I just got back from my wedding!

Who doesn’t like peanut butter?  I’m not sure I know anyone personally, but I’m sure there is someone out there 😐  While I really love peanut butter with almost anything, almond butter is just as good.  I’ve been saving this recipe for quite some time, for no particular reason, except that I didn’t know when I’d have time to make it.

Almond Butter

Seeing as though I am not working (oh yeah, big announcement!), I have found that I have had quite a bit of time on my hands. Funny how easily you can keep yourself busy when you’re not working.  You start to wonder how you had time to get anything done before!  Great news for me, we are leaving for our wedding in less than a week, and getting things ready has certainly kept me busy over the last few weeks.  Finalizing menus, choosing wines, coordinating arrivals, list after list, and I suppose I should start thinking about packing sometime soon.

Almond Butter

Anyway, back to the almond butter.  I was a little skeptical as to if this would turn out well, but I had the perfect opportunity!  My girlfriend, Kim (also famous on my blog for her sun-dried tomato guacamole), made a freaking delicious Pad Thai a few weekends ago at my bachelorette party weekend, and I’ve been dying to recreate it.  Not only was the Pad Thai out of this world, but it was vegan and gluten-free.  Could life get any better?

Almond Butter

Kim’s sauce was made with almond butter, and so instead of buying some, I figured this was my calling to finally make this almond butter recipe I’d been saving for probably over a year.  Funny thing is, it couldn’t have been any easier, and I thought it tasted delicious!  Make up a batch and enjoy it on toast, sandwiches, cookies, by the spoonful or even in a Pad Thai recipe (I’ll post the vegan recipe soon, promise).  You’ll love it!

Almond Butter

Almond Butter

Source: Adapted from Honey, What’s Cooking?
Servings: Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
2 tbsp Sugar in the Raw Turbinado Brown Sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Add almonds into the bowl of a food processor.  Process for a few minutes, stopping every so often to scrape down the sides.  The mixture will first look like a course flour, but when processed for longer, will eventually form a dough, and finally a creamy butter.  This could take anywhere between 7-10 minutes of processing.  Just keep an eye on it and continue to stop and scrape down the sides.

2. Once the mixture resembles a creamy butter, add sugar, oil and a pinch of salt to taste.  Pulse a few times to combine.  Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.  Transfer to airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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