I wanted ranch flavored chicken. I wanted it so bad I could taste it in my head. I have expiramented with making my own ranch powder mixes before. I have used numerous recipes that claimed to taste like Hidden Valley packets but none even came close. I have tried my own spice combinations and still that amazing ranch flavor eludes me. I am beginning to think that the chemicals and ingredients with long names are what makes it taste so good.
On my latest quest for ranch flavored powder I came up with these yummy chicken tenders. I call them buttermilk dill because they too were just not ranch flavored. They were however amazingly good. I love Saco buttermilk powder. I use it in my coconut flour buttermilk biscuit for one. Now I have a new go to chicken recipe and a new use for my buttermilk powder. Alan says he wants this chicken as often as I am willing to make it. Try it and then tell me about your homemade ranch successes and/or failures in the comments section below.
Now that you need to eat a gluten free diet where do you go? What are the gluten free bread alternatives available to you? Here are ten of the best options in no particular order. Each link has multiple reviews to help you make your decision.
Enjoy baking? Don’t like the price of store bought breads? Here are some excellent sandwich bread recipes from a few of my favorite bloggers.
I love coconut flour. I bake with it as often as I can and eat it at least once every day. Some people would call me obsessed. Low calorie, high protein, low carb, high fiber, this flour has amazing benefits! What’s not to love? I have tried my fair share of coconut flour recipes from other food bloggers. Most worked out fantastically, but some flopped. After reading a bajillion comments on those recipes the common consensus was that the brand of flour may be the reason for the recipe failure. Coconut flour absorbs a ton of water. Coconut flours differ in how finely they are ground and how much fat they contain as well. I really wanted to figure out which flours worked best and why. Continue reading →
Do you ever find yourself with an ingredient that you bought once a while back and never used again? Before we moved into our RV, I would just let those items hide out in the backs of cabinets and linger on top of the refrigerator. Sometimes those ingredients would get lucky and I would need them for a recipe before they expired, sometimes they ended up being tossed out during spring cleaning only having been used once. Our RV is only rated to hold 1483 pounds worth of “stuff”. When I began weighing out the items in my life, I realized just how much stuff I had. I was amazed to find I had around 35 pounds of weight just in flour and another 20 pounds in spices. Continue reading →
I love all things ginger. I was super excited to see Mrs. Glee’s Molasses Ginger Snap Cookie Mix arrive in my box of items from Mrs. Glee’s. I was in the mood to bake and immediately thought of making this mix as ginger snap cookies. I asked Alan if he liked ginger snaps and I was met with a resounding NO! I did not want to have the temptation of eating all of those cookies with no help, so I started the wheels turning in my head. Continue reading →
I have been craving cookie dough ice cream ever since I became a celiac. I finally came across some made by So Delicious. It is dairy free and gluten free and has the most incredible cookie dough chunks I have ever had! I ate the entire pint in one sitting. The pint cost about 5.50 which is way out of my price range for a pint of ice cream. I wanted to save my money and buy it again, but then I had a better idea. Continue reading →
I often shop at our local salvage grocery store. I actually enjoy picking through the slightly irregular fruits and veggies. Sure it takes longer than shopping at a chain grocer, but it is a relaxing shopping experience, a time I give to myself every week to unwind, think, and discover possibilities in foods that would otherwise have been out of my price range. I can get all of the fruits, and veggies to feed Alan and I for two weeks for around 27 dollars. That is incredibly cheap considering the high volume of produce we consume. That 27 dollars can stretch to around 35 dollars and include specialty items like cashews, gourmet chips, Mexican cheeses, and the occasional box of Pop-tarts for Alan. If you have not already checked out your local salvage grocery, it is worth the trip. Always check expiration dates and expect to only buy what you will use or freeze in the next few days to a week. Continue reading →
Recently I picked up a huge pile of brussels sprouts on the cheap. I have been seeing recipes for kale chips posted everywhere and wondered if the tough outer brussels sprout leaves that would normally go to waste would lend themselves well to becoming a crispy snack. I quickly tossed them in some bacon grease and liberally coated them in kosher salt. Continue reading →
What does this girl do when asked invited to a last minute gathering? She makes these super quick cookies.
I love my friends. This fourth of July Alan was scheduled to work leaving me with nothing to do until fireworks time. I asked around on Facebook and my friend Emily invited me to spend the day with her, her husband, and her five children. I had not been grocery shopping in a while and did not have mayo for potato salad, slaw, or any other quick fourth of July favorites. That’s when my mind turned to cookies. Continue reading →