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Buttermilk Ranch – It’s a love / hate thing

…you know you do. Back just shy of 1950, there was this guy named Steve Henson. He was up in Alaska somewhere working, doing the bush people thing and cooking for his fellow bush people workers. It was during that mystical time he began developing a buttermilk based salad dressing (I’m assuming to put on their fireweed Caesars…or willow bark chop salads… or moose fodder carpaccio … .. . the whole mental image of bush people in Alaska sitting around a campfire, eating a honkin’ bowl of salad is just kinda funny.). He and his wife later moved to California, and opened a Dude Ranch called Hidden Valley. His formulated buttermilk dressing became the house dressing of the ranch. It was so unique, so flavorful, everybody wanted the recipe. He began packaging up the mix and selling it…. Although to do that, the mix had to be diluted with non-food items (fillers, stabilizers, anti-clumping agents). The popularity grew and people couldn’t get enough. By the late 60’s, Ranch dressing had displaced all of the old salad standbys – Green …

Curb Market Crawl – Groundnuts

Groundnuts – Goober Peas – Hillbilly Caviar… Peanuts. I headed out Hwy 52 West towards Elijay to check in on R & A Orchards. I had heard through the market crawler grapevine that they still might have a decent stock of late season vegetables in supply. Unfortunately, I had gotten some bad information. It had pretty much been picked over except for the usual fall apple selection (of which there are ample apples), some mountain cabbage (flatter heads with a good sized core) and big knocker bags of raw peanuts! A little let down, I decided to pick up some of each (I chose Jona Gold Apples – there will be an apple post this week) and head home. But not before I quieted my unhappiness with a big sack of their yumm-o-licious fried pies…seriously good fried pies. They are crisp, perfectly cooked, and stuffed to bursting with decadent fillings. All the way home I started to think about what I could do different with the peanuts. I like using ingredients in unconventional ways, and …