Showing posts with label Ranch Dressing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ranch Dressing. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Contest Winners! – Book Launch Pics! - Shel’s Ranch Dressing!

Drumroll please….

Today I announce the winners of the pre-order contest for Grace Under Pressure. But before I do, I just want to thank every single person who picked up a copy of my new book. As emails arrived, I assigned everyone a number. When I got home after my book launch party Sunday night I went through all my emails one more time making sure I hadn’t missed anyone (I hadn’t) and then I reached into my box of numbers (a nice thing to keep handy when running contests from time to time) and came up with my two winners.

They are:

Margaret (Mamadrama)

Ken M.

I will be in touch with both of you via email ASAP and then you can start shopping for the best treats in the world – books!


I hosted a book launch party at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore (Forest Park, IL) on Sunday. I just wanted to include a few fun pictures here… If you’d like to see more, I’m posting the rest of them on my personal blog: Julie Hyzy’s blog. Come visit! (Side note: Krista is uploading my Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen post for me because Blogger is out of service in my area. This means, of course, that the photos I intended to post on my personal blog may not be up there right away. But I plan to keep at it until Blogger lets me in again. So if they’re not there now, they will be soon!)

Last week was super busy as I prepared for the launch and this week will be even busier as we gear up for my daughter’s graduation party. Lots of parties in a row! So, what to do when we’re hungry? What to eat?

How about a quick salad? And Shel (who frequently comments here) provided me with a wonderful recipe for ranch dressing. We love ranch dressing in this house and I usually use the Hidden Valley Ranch dry seasoning packets to make my own. But Shel’s recipe is truly from scratch and it’s great to have in the fridge because we gobble up ranch on everything from salads, to hot wings, to carrot sticks, to….. well, almost everything tastes better with ranch dressing, doesn’t it?

This one is quick, simple, and delicious. Shel is graciously allowing me to share it with you.

Ranch Dressing

Shel says:

1 cup mayonnaise (you can use low fat, but...why? *grin*)
1 cup sour cream (see above)
1 cup (approximately) buttermilk (adjust for thickness you want)

From here, it's all up to you. I use two cloves of garlic, finely minced, dried parsley flakes, dried dill, Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, and anything else I think to throw in it. You can, of course,
use the fresh herbs instead of dried, but I eat this stuff by the quart, so dried is easier for me.

Whisk everything together and refrigerate. If you use this instead of mayo on your potato salad, you might want to adjust the garlic, unless you're like me and there truly *is* no such thing as too much garlic.

I made this over the weekend and it was great! I used a bit more garlic – because, like Shel said, there is no such thing as too much. Also, because I didn’t have the Cajun seasoning, I tossed in a bit more dill and parsley. Really delicious and fun because you can adjust it to suit your tastes. I particularly liked the fact that it seemed just as tasty but decidedly less salty than what we’re used to and I’m always happy to cut out a little salt.

Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for helping me launch Grace Under Pressure. Stay tuned for more details about Avery’s contest! I’m really eager to read The Long Quiche Goodbye. I’ve already pre-ordered, of course!