I want it all; the TV shows, the blogs, the magazines, the books. My husband has taken to rushing through check out lanes in grocery and hardware stores, (where, actually, I’ve found the best magazines without the distracting buzz of rag mags), in an effort to protect his wallet from my insatiable need for more reading material. It doesn’t work, but he tries. It’s commendable, really. Even more so is the little smile and shrug he gives the checkout lady as she scans another five magazines and slips them into our bags. He’s a good man. Smart, too- because he knows he gets to eat whatever is inspired by those overpriced publications. We both win. (Hear that, babe? We both win. It’s really okay!)
The same goes for TV shows. And books. And blogs. More, more, more! (Right now, as I write, Anthony Bourdain is touring Naples and simultaneously blowing my mind. Do you think he knows I love him? My mom told me once, “Never trust a Tony,” and I don’t, but I love Bourdain.)
Anyway, since we’re on the topic of celebrity chef crushes, I have to tell you- The Pioneer Woman owns a piece of my heart. The reasons are many, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a mom-blogger-sisterhood connection with Ree. I mean, she’s the ultimate in the “I’ve officially made it” success story category, isn’t she? And the best part about her? She’s not afraid of the simple. Sure, there’s a time and place for creme brulee and fancy-pants-it-took-six-hours-of-active-stirring-and-multiple-cuss-words-to-make-this-supper-happen recipes, but sometimes you just realize you’re out of ranch dressing and need to make some, dammit.
And Ree delivers.
- 1 clove (to 2 Cloves) Garlic
- Salt To Taste
- 1/4 cup Italian Flat-leaf Parsley
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives
- 1 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream
- Buttermilk (as Needed To Desired Consistency)
- White Vinegar (optional, To Taste)
- Worcestershire Sauce, To Taste (optional)
- Fresh Dill (optional, To Taste)
- Cayenne Pepper (optional, To Taste)
- Paprika (optional, To Taste)
- Fresh Oregano (optional, To Taste)
- Tabasco (optional, To Taste)
Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about an 1/8 to ¼ teaspoons of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Chop the parsley, chives and any of the optional herbs very finely and add to the garlic.
In a bowl combine all ingredients, adding other optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.
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