Authentic ranch with fresh herbs

This is a simple guide to creating the delicious standard the way it should taste. You will notice a stark contrast between this fresh, tangy gem and the mushy goop that passes for “ranch” in commercial bottles.


Delicious, fresh ranch

Delicious, fresh ranch

Ingredients

1 Cup low-fat buttermilk, shaken

1/4 Cup low-fat mayonnaise

5 Tbsp non-fat Greek yogurt, plain

4 Tbsp white wine vinegar

2 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped

3 Tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped

3 Tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped

1 medium garlic close, finely chopped – or – 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

3/4 tsp Kosher salt (or more to taste)

1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


Directions:

Combine and mix all ingredients until herbs are evenly distributed. Store and chill for at least one hour, allowing the flavors to set. This delicious dressing stores great in a mason jar, or a squeeze bottle. Try it on the usual suspects of salads and greens, or dress up plain chicken or drab sandwiches with a blast of fresh tang.

Fresh ranch


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Hand-crafted corn tortillas in 3 steps

Tortillas = endless possibilities of noms. Try these hand-crafted beauties, and you will not want to go back to store-bought. The difference in freshness and taste is huge.

Lucky for us, it is so easy to make these beauties! Just 3 simple steps:

  • Step 1. Mix your masa
  • Step 2. Roll and press
  • Step 3. Heat your tortillas

Tortillas

Tortillas

Ingredients & Supplies:

2 Cups Corn masa. This is a special type of corn flour that has been treated with calcium hydroxide (“lime”) to help release the niacin from the corn. You can find it at many regular old grocery stores, Mexican food markets, specialty grocers, natural food coops, or online at Amazon.

1 1/2 to 2 Cups Fresh, clean water.

Pinch of Kosher salt.

1/4 tsp Baking soda. Use a pinch of this if you want to add a little lift to the tortillas.

Additional Items to Have on Hand:

Tortilla press + wax paper

— or —

Flat surface + wax paper + heavy, flat object to smush the dough balls down

Flat spatula (for flipping)

Skillet (preferably seasoned cast-iron)


Directions:

Masa

Masa

STEP 1. Mix the masa, salt, and water using a Kitchenaid Mixer, or your clean hands.

STEP 2. Roll out the masa dough into little spheres about the size of golf balls. Line your tortilla press with wax paper and press out until each ball is smushed to about 1/6″ in width. Don’t have a tortilla press? You can grab one at Amazon, or place the spheres between two sheets of wax paper on a flat surface, and use a flat item (such as a large, stable plate) to press them out. Tortillas in the making

STEP 3. Heat a your skillet to medium-low heat. I suggest seasoned cast-iron, but a good tri-ply will work, too. Once you’ve pressed out a sphere into a smushed flat of dough, carefully drop it into the skillet. Heat on each side only about 8-12 seconds. Flip carefully with your spatula so that you don’t break the tortilla. Also, do not over-cook: you want a little bit of golden, but you do not want to see any black scorch marks. Make sure to clear out any residue that collects as you go through the heating process so that dough remnants from previous tortillas don’t scorch and mis-flavor your tortillas. Gently set each finished tortilla on a plate or in a tortilla warmer as you finish. It may take a little practice to get your rhythm down, but you’ll get it!

Tortilla press

Tortilla press

Stack of fresh tortillas

Stack of fresh corn tortillas