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Ranch Dressing

All of the broccoli, radishes, and cauliflower coming out of the garden this month inspired me to create a personal size veggie plate with ranch dressing.

First, put a cup of mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.  Add onion powder, celery leaves, marjoram, dill, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Parsley would be good, too.  Add some lemon juice or white wine vinegar. Stir in the buttermilk and mix well.  Add more buttermilk if needed to thin it to a pourable consistency. Store in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for about a week.

It works equally well as a dip for veggies or drizzled over garden fresh lettuce.

Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried celery leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk together.



State of the Garden – January 2016

It’s the end of January, and the garden is in full swing.  We’re harvesting broccoli, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, fennel, cilantro, parsley, dill and cabbages, and the final cauliflower was picked today.

garden jan 2016 garden 2 jan 2016

Last weekend, the red potatoes were planted where the cauliflower plants used to be.

potatoes planted

I tied string around the celery plants to help them grow more upright…they were almost laying on the ground.  I have pulled off individual stalks a few times when I needed to cook with celery, but I’m going to wait a bit before harvesting the entire plants.


More fall garden

red cabbage broccolli green cabbage

It’s close to the end of October, and almost all of our fall garden has been planted. We staggered our planting so that the entire harvest isn’t ready all at once.

cauliflower broccoli cabbage

Current tally: 21 broccoli plants, 14 green cabbage, 6 ruby red cabbage, 8 snow crown cauliflower, 12 spinach, 12 lettuce, 6 dino kale, 7 celery, 1 parsley, 2 cilantro, and 1 swiss chard. (First spinach planting was eaten by a rabbit. Or something.)