DIY: Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

DIY: Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix | browneyedbaker.com #recipe

I grew up in the 80′s, which means that I grew up eating A LOT of stuff that included a packet of ranch seasoning mix. The most common one was the basic veggie dip, which was simply a packet of the seasoning mix stirred into a 16-ounce container of sour cream. This was (and a lot of times, still is) the de facto veggie dip to go along with a platter of cut-up veggies for a party or get-together. My personal favorite has always been the veggie pizza appetizer, which is crescent rolls from a can pressed into a sheet pan and baked, then topped with the sour cream/seasoning mixture and chopped vegetable and shredded cheddar. What can I say? I’m a sucker for nostalgic food. Earlier this year, one of my husband’s best friends came over for the afternoon with his wife and their two daughters. We weren’t doing lunch or dinner, but I wanted to have some stuff to munch on, especially stuff that a 3-year-old would like. I settled on a bowl of pretzels, some Rice Krispie treats, mac and cheese on the stove, and a platter of fresh vegetables with ranch dip. I used the ranch seasoning packet and sour cream, but a part of me felt guilty serving it to a 3-year-old after I looked at the back of the packet. It has MSG, as well as some other not-so-great sounding ingredients. Bleh. After that, I decided that I needed to find a homemade alternative to that seasoning packet so that I could continue to enjoy ranch-flavored things without the crappy ingredients. Mission accomplished. Read More »

My 62 Pieces of Essential Kitchen Equipment: How to Stock Your Baking Cabinets

My 62 Pieces of Essential Kitchen Equipment: How to Stock Your Baking Cabinets | browneyedbaker.com

Welcome to the second part of my little mini-series on kitchen equipment and ingredients! One of the things that many of you mentioned in the BEB reader feedback survey is that you’d like to see some information about my favorite ingredients, kitchen tools and equipment. While I have some specific recommendations on my Tools of the Trade page, I haven’t done an in-depth look at everything I use on an (almost) daily basis and some of the things are out-of-date. I loved the idea and started with my essential ingredients last week; today I’m tackling all of the equipment and tools that I use in my kitchen! 

My 62 Pieces of Essential Kitchen Equipment: How to Stock Your Baking Cabinets | browneyedbaker.com

You may have guessed from my label maker and alphabetized spices last week that I’m a little bit on the neurotic side when it comes to organizing. The truth is, I hate, hate, HATE cluttered countertops, so I stash everything away in my cabinets and drawers. That means no utensil crocks (even though I love them in theory!). To keep things organized in my drawers and averting a huge mess, I invested in some bamboo drawer organizers. I organized them in my drawers based on the size and what I was looking to group together. I used removable mounting squares on the bottom of each organizer to keep them in place and from sliding around when I open and close the drawers.

My 62 Pieces of Essential Kitchen Equipment: How to Stock Your Baking Cabinets | browneyedbaker.com

My 62 Pieces of Essential Kitchen Equipment: How to Stock Your Baking Cabinets | browneyedbaker.com

Below is a list of all of the cookware, bakeware, tools and gadgets that I use in the kitchen, along with brand recommendations, if applicable.

If you have any questions about the products, feel free to ask in the comments!

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Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

I have woefully neglected my bread-making over the last couple of years. Even though I’ve always to be that person that baked fresh bread every single week, it just didn’t...

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Oatmeal-Dark Chocolate Chip & Coconut Cookies

For as long as I can remember, coconut never really did much for me when it came to dessert. Sure, coconut included in something like carrot cake was great,...

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The Weekend Dish

The Weekend Dish: 8/23/2014

It’s the weekend! Do you have anything fun planned? I am looking forward to tackling some new kitchen projects and otherwise enjoying a relaxing couple of days. I am...

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Friday Things

1. This little guy came back from the kennel last week under the weather. He was coughing and sneezing, and it started to get worse, so I finally took...

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Last summer, when trying to decide what we wanted to do for a wedding, my husband and I knew we wanted to go low-key and finally decided on a...

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