My husband (Aubrey) and I very rarely go out to eat anymore. It just tastes so much better at home and I know exactly what I'm eating.
That is, except for those random things in my condiments and store-bought sauces : soy lechiten, modified food starch, mononitrate, etc. etc. etc.
So Aubrey and I have been trying out some truly homemade recipes. We made our very own "refried" beans and I made my own ranch dressing! I have no idea how long it will last, I am totally new to making my own sauces!
Do you make any sauces? Have a good spaghetti sauce I should try? I gotta stop just buying Ragu just because it's convenient!
Homemade "Refried" Beans
I followed this recipe except I halved the salt and it was STILL too salty. We're also going to use half as much onion next time so the beans will come through more.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
So this actually turned out really good! I didn't have any buttermilk, so I left that out. I found the consistency to be just fine without it. And I find it funny that it is half the calories of the "light" ranch dressing that I was buying.
1 clove garlic
1/8 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used Organics)
1/4 cup sour cream (I used Daisy, pure and natural)
Buttermilk, as needed to desired consistency (I left out, but feel free to add!)
I also didn't add any of the following, but they were suggested :
Fresh Dill (optional, To Taste)
Cayenne Pepper (optional, To Taste)
Paprika (optional, To Taste)
Fresh Oregano (optional, To Taste)
Tabasco (optional, To Taste)
Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about an 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoons of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Chop the parsley, chives and any of the optional herbs very finely and add to the garlic.
In a bowl combine all ingredients, adding other optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.
I tried without chilling first and it was great!