Wednesday, March 11, 2009


"Country Living - Eating Outdoors" by The Editors of Country Living Hearst Books 176 pages $19.95

Generally speaking, books with non-specific authors can be an iffy proposition (no one to blame.) I'm reminded of animals (elephant, camel) said to have been created by a committee. The front cover illustration had a sort of fore-warning -- a lakeside picnic table with a tablecloth going all the way down to the ground. Shoving one's knees under it could easily take down the cloth, dishes, potato salad and all.

Creamy Ranch Dressing $1 - It's suggested for use with macaroni salad, cherry tomatoes or as a baked potato topping.

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 T finely chopped fresh parsley
1 T fresh lemon juice
1/2 teas. dry mustard
1/4 teas. dried dill
pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Whisk the mayonnaise and buttermilk together, add all other ingredients. Will keep in the refrigerator (tightly covered) for up to five days.

Creamy Ranch Dressing #2 - Suggested for use on a baked potato, a dip for raw vegetables or as a salad dressing.

1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 T chopped green onion
2 T finely chopped fresh parsley
1 T cider vinegar
1 teas. Dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic, minced
pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blonded.

I checked the Index to make sure no other Ranch Dressing recipes were lurking -- there weren't - only these two.

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