Although two kiddos were out, two were also in. That gave me more dog walkers, so I stocked up on homemade condensed cheddar soup. Two more "cans" made it to the freezer.
I also tried a new recipe I've been wanting to try for a while now - Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. It's the same as the packet, only homemade and no additives.
I am excited to keep this recipe around. It felt good to use my homemade garlic, onion and cayenne powders, along with homemade onion flakes. I had to buy dill though. I am out until next harvest. I also had to use store bought salt, sugar, pepper and dry buttermilk.
Here is the link to the site I follow: Simply Scratch
I would love to keep some in the freezer for hot summer work days. If you google for the recipe, several versions will come up. I used organic almond butter, organic coconut virgin oil, pure maple syrup, and topped with non-gmo melted chocolate bits and a bit of coconut oil. You freeze it and keep it in the freezer. This recipe won blue ribbons with my family. One bite is all it took. I kind of think of the taste of a peanut butter chocolate candy, but no peanut butter. The only downside, is that organic/non-gmo almond butter is not inexpensive.
I have one more new recipe to share. There are several recipes online, but we used a cookbook recipe I had at home (hand-me-down cookbook).
First, peel and dice butternut squash (about 2 cups) into small bite sized pieces. Heat a pan on medium heat with olive oil and cook for a few minutes. I cooked mine longer to ensure they would be soft by the time I served.
Add a finely diced shallot, and cook a few more minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon organic paprika, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. dried thyme (I added more), 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and 1 cup non-gmo arborio rice.
Turn heat to low and add 1/4 cup dry white wine. Stir and cook until wine evaporates. Increase heat to medium, and pour in 1/2 cup vegetable broth. When broth is absorbed into the rice, continue to add 1/2 cup broth at a time, until the rice is creamy and tender. I used 4 cups (Imagine brand, Vegetarian no-chicken broth). You can use vegetable broth most likely. It's what I had in the pantry.
Top with Parmesan or Romano cheese when served. We skipped the cheese and there was not a drop of this leftover. I'll be making it again, and adding some type of greens to it. Maybe dandelion or spinach.