Archive for November, 2016

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Serves: 4

Time: 5 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Herbs

This is one of those recipes I use all the time, but never bothered to write down up until now. I make just as much as I need for one salad on the rare occasions we eat salad and then proceed not to worry about it. As all ranch dressing are, it’s creamy and makes a great dip for just about anything. The good thing about making your own is that you can tweak the fat content by using low fat sour cream and mayo (buttermilk is naturally low fat).

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baked potato soup

Baked Potato Soup

Serves: 4

Time: 30 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Potato Masher

I’ve decided, as I so often do when faced with challenges, to make soup, potato soup specifically because I seem to be out of a lot of other ingredients around here. This soup is fast to make because boiled, not baked despite the name, potatoes are its base and those can be ready in 20 mins or so. If you happen to have some bacon grease or bacon bits I would totally add them to this soup (I didn’t so they aren’t listed below.)

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Serves: 4-6

Time: 15 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: berry checker

This is my best and favorite effort in the cranberry sauce category so far. Most recipes are really more of a cranberry preserve. However, I find that tends to make cranberry sauce bitter from the pulp and seeds mixed in to the sauce. I wanted true jelly instead. Now, you can’t just use pre-bought cranberry juice because it’s the berry skins that give the jelly the needed pectin to jell. I suppose you could add pectin. Anyway, the below was my answer. The key to really good cranberry jelly that even non-cranberry jelly eaters will eat, for example my husband, is to take out the seeds and skin with their accompanying bitter note and add honey because it’s very sweet.

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Turkey Dry Brine Recipe

Turkey Dry Brine Recipe

Time: 24hrs

Every year I stare at Thanksgiving and it stares back at me. This is odd when you think about it because I love to cook and I love to experiment and I love to have my kids in the kitchen. However, I don’t normally cook a meal with a main course, four sides, a bread item and three different desserts so perhaps that’s where my trepidation comes from. Regardless, I’m all for anything that makes Thanksgiving a little more predictable and makes the whole enormous turkey thing worthwhile and tasty. I think I have finally found my full bird recipe!

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Chicken n Dumplings

Chicken n Dumplings

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Dumpling Maker

It’s getting cold out and farmer’s market season is coming to a close. Sad face. Even though I rag on them sometimes I still love going and shopping and talking to people, seeing all of the seasonal produce and snagging new ideas. There is only one week left at the market so I’ve been stocking up on meat from my favorite suppliers. This week I bought a whole chicken with this, a favorite winter chicken dish in mind. I like this recipe because it’s fast enough to use up a whole chicken during the week, yet still makes a great, filling chicken soup.

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