If you like Dot’s Pretzel Twists, you’re going to love this recipe for Spicy Pretzel Sticks. They are easy to make and full of flavor. A little spice, a pinch of tang, and a touch heat. Oh my!
Tag: Ranch Dressing Mix
Try Creamy Cucumber Salad during the hot summer months. Perfect for when your garden cucumbers are growing out your ears!
I like the creaminess of this salad. And the ranch dressing. Is there anyone who doesn’t like Ranch Dressing? I use so much ranch dressing mix that I now buy it in a container. It’s less expensive than the individual packets. Or I make a homemade version that is very close to the brand. See my Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Here.
When choosing cucumbers, I look for slim ones that are straight. Seedless if I can find them. Or try English Cucumbers. You know, the ones wrapped in cellophane.
I partially peel my cucumbers, leaving small strips of peel on them, just enough to give them a little variation in color. Here in the US the peels on store-bought cucumbers are thick and tough. If you’re using a garden variety you won’t notice this as much.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
- Using a large cutting board, slice cucumbers, onions, and green peppers. Place in a medium-sized serving bowl.
- In glass measuring cup, mix together sour cream, vinegar, sugar, Ranch Dressing Mix, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables and carefully stir until combined. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours. Serves 4-6
Ranch Loaves are a favorite at our house. They are incredibly tasty and a perfect fit for chicken, beef, or pork dinners. Even sliced with a piece of cheese or slathered with butter makes a great snack.
A Favorite Memory:
I’ll always remember when our oldest daughter brought her new boyfriend (and now husband) to our home for the first time. It was a Saturday morning, and I was busy in the kitchen making this bread to have for our supper. Family and a few friends were crowded around our kitchen table visiting. Hungry people.
We were trying to decide what to make for lunch, and then my first batch of bread came out of the oven. Now, you have to understand how wonderful this bread smells. Homemade bread from the oven in any normal circumstance is pretty magical, but there is something about this bread that just makes a person drool.
So, I thought to myself, “Okay, it makes 4. I’ll go ahead and give them some now.” They devoured the first loaf within minutes. I’ll never forget the pleased look on Dave’s face when I placed a second loaf on the table.
I admit that I derive an insane amount of pleasure when the men in my family enjoy my food. And this is where it begins. Eyes that glitter and shine in anticipation. Long story short, I sacrificed a third loaf when it came out of the oven. I’m not even sure what I made for supper that night, but I’ll always remember serving that bread to Dave for his first visit to our house. I think he even made special requests for it from then on. I’m sure that I obliged. That’s how I am; just ask our two newest sons-in-laws.
Oh, and long ago, our middle daughter took this recipe to the county fair and received a purple ribbon. So, it’s award-winning! But we already figured that out, right?
- In large mixing bowl, combine the warm buttermilk, sugar, butter, eggs, ranch dressing mix, instant yeast, salt, and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into fourths. Roll each portion into a 14-in x 12-in rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under. Place seam side down on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. With a sharp knife or lame, make five shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Makes 4 loaves. May wrap and freeze if desired.
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Cheesy Ranch Snack Mix is a new twist on an old favorite cereal mix. Gather handfuls of Chex cereal, nuts, pretzels, and snack crackers, all flavored with ranch dressing and two kinds of cheese, including Vermont Aged Cheddar Cheese. So yummy. Every Christmas my mom …