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Old 01-20-2007, 05:48 AM   #11
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It irked me greatly to pay a buck, more or less for a little packet of spices, especially when I have all the spices on hand. I went to all the recipe sites and found a lot of recipes for spice blends.
I am like you, I do wish it were a bit thicker so I experimented. Instead of using buttermilk, I used sour cream, thinned to desired consistancy. It worked for me. I am including my blend. Try it. You might like it.

Ranch-Style Dressing and Dip Mix
Make a basket up with 4-ounce jars of this mix, a decorative bag
of croutons or crackers, and holiday napkins.
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried minced garlic or garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried minced onion or onion powder
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
Combine ingredients; blend well. Store in an airtight container.
Give in decorative jars with directions below for dressing and dip.
Makes 1/2 cup of mix, or 8 portions for dressing or dip.
DH never like store bought ranch dressing but he does like this one.

In a bowl or jar combine
1/2 cup of mayonnaise and
1/2 cup buttermilk.
Add 1 tablespoon mix and blend well.
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
Add 2 tablespoons of mix and blend well.

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Old 01-20-2007, 08:11 AM   #12
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copied and pasted, thanks for posting!

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Old 01-20-2007, 09:44 AM   #13
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Our daughter in law of 6 years won't eat anything with mayo in it - once and a while I will make ranch when she's not coming - I love it and miss it. I'm embarrassed to admit I considered Hidden Valley "homemade" I can remember the first time I had it in the 70's at my mother's bridge club when I was sitting in for someone. Will check out the real thing on Penzey's website. Thanks. Oh and to use Miracle Whip in my husband's family is capital crime. I have gotten used to it now and like it, but I grew up with Miracle whip.
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:28 PM   #14
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Thanks for posting Bevkile - I'm going to try it. I just made a Penzey's order and I always like to try one of there spice mixes while I'm at it. I wish I had the recipes for some of those mixes since I'm sure I have most if not all of the spices/herbs. Your Ranch mix sounds good and I do have everything on hand!

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