Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (without oil)

Our homeschool co-op met today for a Mothers’ Day Potluck at the local park, and I decided to take a huge salad as my potluck dish.  I wanted ranch dressing, but I didn’t like everything included on the back of the label.  I decided to make my own, and I used my iPhone to look up the recipe (man, I love technology!).  I found this one:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/homemade-ranch-dressing-recipe/index.html

SIDE NOTE:  The Pioneer Woman’s recipes have never failed me.  I love it that they are very adaptable, and I can make them my own, too!  Her Vegetable Lasagna and her Marlboro Man Sandwich recipes are out of this world!

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SIDE NOTE:  Isn’t that little glass dish the cutest thing ever???  I have been running sea salt through my Magic Bullet for a while (before that, I just beat it with a rolling pin or had one of the kids do it……..hey, whatever works, right?  LOL).  I had to have a place to put it.  I priced salt wells (or whatever they are called – those little tiny bowls of salt that I guess colonists or pilgrims or somebody somewhere in history used to set by each guest’s plate, filled with salt).  They were too high.  Okay, they weren’t that high, but as my kids lovingly tell me all the time, I am a cheapskate, and I refused to pay that much for a little lidded bowl to hold salt.  Then I saw this candy dish, and I saw a bunch of other glass candy dishes with feet, and I wound up buying four or five of them for under $20.  I use this one for salt.  I am going to appropriate the nuts out of one of the others and use it for fresh cracked black pepper (which I also grind in the Magic Bullet).

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YET ANOTHER SIDE NOTE:  That crock bowl has Roseville stamped on the bottom.  I got it at a flea market or a yard sale……..because, as mentioned previously, I am cheap.  LOL

It had mayo in it, and I didn’t want to buy a big jar of mayo because we never eat it, and frankly, it’s a waste of money at our house.  I looked up recipes for making mayo on my phone, but they all wanted oil to make the mayo.  I really didn’t want any extra oil if I didn’t need it, so I decided to just mix up the dressing with extra sour cream in place of the mayo.  I think I could have also used plain yogurt in place of the  mayo as well, and the flavor would have been a little less sour, but it was very good!  It literally took me about ten minutes tops to mix this all together because I used the Magic Bullet to do all the mixing.  Also, I just eyeballed the sour cream and buttermilk in the mixing cup instead of dirtying up the measuring cup.  It was delicious!!!

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I did use about half a teaspoon more of sea salt than what her recipe calls for as well.

Some of the homeschool moms wanted the recipe so I will consider this one a success!

One more thing I can mark off my grocery store list now that I know how to make it at home!!!  Yay!!!

These two were very intent on staring through the screen door while I was taking pictures of the ingredients (and trying to hold a big flashlight under my armpit so I could aim the phone and snap the picture with my hands).

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This is what they were staring at:

ImageI think Ted is training them to make sure the chickens stay out of the yard or something.  They hate it when the chickens come in the yard.  :/  At least Cooper is small enough that even the smallest birds can peck him, and he runs away.  DG is pretty sure these chickens are just meals on wheels!

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