Dump Ranch

This recipe came from www.whole-sisters.com/dump-ranch/cookbook-print/882/

The only change I made to it was to add a little dill.  I was quite impressed with how good it was!

Dump Ranch
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This is a healthy, quick and easy to make, Ranch dressing, without all the chemicals and preservatives in the store bought version.
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Dump Ranch
Print Recipe
This is a healthy, quick and easy to make, Ranch dressing, without all the chemicals and preservatives in the store bought version.
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Blend with an immersion blender in a wide mouth mason jar all ingredients, except herbs for approximately one minute. Start with the immersion blender at the bottom of your jar working your way up to the top. Don't start moving your blender upwards until you see it thickening up.
  2. Incorporate the herbs during the last 15 seconds or it will turn your ranch green. Store in the fridge for up to one week.
Recipe Notes

A large handful of fresh herbs of your choice can be used in place of dried parsley.  Our favorites are cilantro, parsley and dill.

If your ranch is too thin:

Make sure you are using full fat canned coconut milk.  If you want a dip like consistency use only the solid cream, but for a dressing, use the cream and the liquid.  It may also thicken up just being in the fridge for a few hours.

Make sure you're using an immersion blender for guaranteed success.

Use a small container, like a mason jar or salad dressing container.

HERE IS THE TRICK TO SAVING YOUR DUMP RANCH... If your ranch never thickens it probably didn't emulsify properly. Just add another egg!  Yep, that's all it takes to quickly save all those ingredients.

 

 

 

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Swedish Meatballs

This is made using my Italian meatballs http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/italian-meatballs/ and my Cream of Mushroom Soup http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/cream-of-mushroom-soup/ .  They are always a big hit at parties!

Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Meatballs
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients for meatballs with mixer and shape into balls. (I like to make smaller meatballs using a small cookie scoop.) Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the soup. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook, covered, just until tender. Add mushrooms and lemon juice. Cook just until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Stir in flour until blended.
  4. Add water, soup base, and pepper. Cook, stirring, frequently, until thickened. Stir in cream.
  5. Add meatballs and warm thoroughly.
  6. Serve with rice or pasta.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

This is by far the best cream of mushroom soup I have ever had!  It is pretty easy to make.  You can also use it as the base for Swedish Meatballs.

Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions. Cook, covered, just until tender. Add mushrooms and lemon juice. Cook just until mushrooms are tender.
  2. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in water and soup base; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in pepper, cream and mushrooms. Heat until warmed throughout.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Roasted Sweet Onion & Garlic Dip

This is great served with a veggie tray, tortilla chips, potato chips or pita chips!

Roasted Sweet Onion & Garlic Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Roasted Sweet Onion & Garlic Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Remove papery skin from garlic head, but do not peel or separate cloves. Place on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in foil and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Place each onion on a piece of foil, cut side down. Drizzle with olive oil, but do not wrap with foil. Place on baking sheet with garlic and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and wrap onions with foil. Return to oven for another 30 minutes.
  3. After onions and garlic have cooled awhile, separate garlic cloves and squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard the skins. Put all ingredients in food processor. Process until it is well mixed and a smooth consistency.
Recipe Notes

You can also use the garlic cloves that are already peeled.  We buy a large bag from Costco and freeze them.  Then we just take out whatever amount we need and use it.  For this recipe, just put a handful on the piece of foil and continue as described.  No need to extract garlic pulp from the skins this way!

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Best Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is not my recipe.  It came from http://www.food.com/recipe/best-ever-banana-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting-67256

Our daughter wanted me to put this recipe on here.

 

Best Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Best Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Frosting
Garnish
Servings: 9x13" pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275. Grease and flour a 9x13" pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp. vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  3. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1 tsp. vanilla. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.
Recipe Notes

These were the notes for this recipe: This is one of (if not) the BEST banana cake I have ever tasted! I thought the oven temp of 275° sounded a little low, but this cake baked up (and rose) beautifully in my oven at this temp after pretty much exactly one hour. I do not know if the little "freezer trick" to this recipe is what ensured its moistness or not, but I did it, and it was exceptionally moist & delicious. Would be interesting to see if it still came out as great if this step was skipped. All I know is that I followed this recipe EXACTLY as stated (except that I had no buttermilk, so I subbed with a mix of lemon juice & milk) and I got exceptional results. So moist and yummy...a dense cake, similar in texture to a carrot cake... I personally would not call this frosted banana bread :o) Depending on the amount of frosting you like you can decide whether to half the recipe or not. I used the full recipe and had some leftover. I sprinkled on the chopped walnuts and threw this baby in the fridge and cut it the next day...TO DIE FOR! I really liked it slightly chilled, but great at room temp too! It got better each day it sat, I always make this cake at least the day before I need or want it. I was extremely pleased with this cake and will be making it over & over again!! So glad I came across this one!! (on another website). (* * Just to update the recipe, (based on some of the reviews), the baking time may vary based on individual ovens. It was RIGHT ON for my oven, but some others have stated it has taken 1 hour 10 minutes, 1 hour 20 minutes, and my sister just informed me that it took 1 hour 30 minutes in her oven!!!!!)

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