Monday, July 30, 2012

Creamy Ranch Dressing

My daughter has friends over to visit and they always want ranch dressing.  It made her curious about tasting Ranch. So I made this dressing.

Creamy Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup Buttermilk
1 T  Dried Chives - I use Penzeys Spices
1 t  Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 t  Salt - whatever kind you prefer
1/2 t Dried Dill
1/2 t Coconut Aminos
1/4 t Granulated Onion
1/4 t Granulated Garlic
a few turns of Freshly Ground Pepper

This is good for a dipping sauce for vegetables or for use as a salad dressing.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Barrier Reef Chicken Marinade

A few months ago, I discovered there is a spice shop in downtown Charlotte called Savory Spice Shop. I have never been in a spice shop.  I LOVE Penzeys but the closest store is in Raleigh which is 2 1/2 hours away.  So I call and order what I want.  This made me want to visit this store even more.  It was an experience!  If you have a spice store near you - GO THERE!! 

This photo is from the internet site for my local store.  Don't you want to taste and smell all of these????

I bought a mix from them called Barrier Reef Caribbean Style SeasoningIt smells fruity and spicy just how I think the Caribbean would smell! 
Now just what I am going to do with this seasoning??

I have been on a grilled chicken kick lately.  So I decided to make a marinade.

Barrier Reef Chicken Marinade

1/2 c Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 c Coconut Aminos
1/2 c filtered water
2 t  Barrier Reef Caribbean Style Seasoning
1/2 t salt, optional

8-10 chicken thighs

Mix all ingredients together in to a bag, bowl or baking dish.  Add the chicken and let sit all day or overnight in the refrigerator.  Then throw them on the grill.

These were so delish.  You could just taste the seasoning but it was not overwhelming.