Category Archives: Sarah’s Home on the Ranch

Recipe: Salmon Bites

If you have the time,  I encourage everyone to take on the challenge of Julia Child’s infamous duck stuffed with meat, in pastry. But for most people, that is out of the question;  you have 15 minutes to get a meal on the table, and if it’s exotic / fabulous / memorable, that’s a bonus.

That’s why I like to come up with a recipe like Salmon Bites.  Super easy, quick as can be, but packing quite a ta-da factor.

The idea is simple:   sautee tiny squares of salmon that have been heavily coated in spice blend. or a straight spice.  You get an intense burst of flavor with each bite, but the salmon can take it and doesn’t get lost. Read the rest of this entry

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Recipes: Time-savers and add-ins

Who wouldn’t love creating soup-to-nuts meals every day, from scratch?

OK, maybe not literally soup-to-nuts, but you know what I mean: wholesome, healthy meals that are creative and delicious. Time constraints and energy shortages can get in the way;  as much as I   to cook from scratch,  there are times when I need to take a few shortcuts.

I’m not alone in that, either;  there is a very popular show on the Food Network, Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee,  in which Sandra combines fresh ingredients with store-bought to create what she calls “semi-homemade” dishes.

Over time, I’ve come up with a few shortcuts, myself,  that are real winners: Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Dilly Cucumber Salad

Summer is full of picnics, BBQ’s and outdoors celebrations, with traditional foods like burgers, hotdogs and potato salad. Haven’t you ever craved something a little different?

Fresh, cool dill cucumber salad is the perfect answer. It’s quick and easy to make, refreshing, and holds up well because there is no mayonnaise to worry about.

The star ingredient that gives this salad so much flavor is Sarah’s Home on The Ranch Dip Mix. Yes, dip mix!

Dilly Cucumber Salad
Easy and cool cucumber salad

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Recipe: Cool Cucumber Dill Salad

When you hear “as cool as a cucumber”, doesn’t it make you wonder if there are other vegetable attributes? You know, as sensitive as a tomato, as difficult as a mango, as sophisticated as an aubergine, as uncaring as a fig?

Fresh DillOK, maybe I should leave my comedy routine to the bananas and go back into the kitchen to show you how to make a delicious, fresh cucumber salad. This recipe uses my “Sarah’s Home on the Ranch” dip mix, which shows you again that most of my products have multiple uses.

Ingredients:

3 large cucumbers, well washed but not peeled
1 large white onion
¼ c olive oil
¼ c white vinegar
½ t sea salt
1 ½ t “Sarah’s Home on the Ranch” seasoning blend by Your Spice of Life*

* or substitute dill, parsley and black pepper, to taste

Method:

  • Slice the cucumbers as thinly as possible, and place in a large bowl
  • Slice the onions into very thin, long strips and add to cucumbers
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, salt and seasoning, mixing well
  • Add to cucumber mixture and stir to coat well.
  • Refrigerate at least an hour to allow flavors to meld.

 

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