In the last 48 hours, I have created, conjured, cooked, and photogged 24 recipes. My stomach has that sickly sugar coating–you know the feeling. My kitchen sink is crying. I can hear it from downstairs. Deep, tired moans. Poor dear. No sink should see that many dishes in a two day period.
But that’s the way it goes when you’ve been given the gift of freelance writing opportunities for Betty Crocker, and Tablespoon, and Babble. You just cook. Then cook. Then cook some more. I wish I could say it stinks. It doesn’t. It smells like tart cherries and oatmeal cookie morning glories. No, there’s not such a thing. Go with me here.
Wanna see a list of what’s come out of my kitchen over the last two afternoons?
1. Bacon Cookies
2. Boston Cream Cuppies
3. Birthday Milkshakes
4. Holiday Mojitos
5. Festive Christmas Cookies
6. Creamy Chocolate Mousse
7. Lemon Meringue Pie
8. One-Bite Pumpkin Desserts
9. Push-Up Cake Pops
10. A Yummy Breakfast Casserole
12. Afterschool Apple Snacks
13. Frosting filled cupcakes
14. Oreo Ice Cream Cocoa
15. Cookie Dough Cakes
16. Grilled Peaches
17. Caramel Apple Popcorn
18. September Succotash
19. Sweet Tomato Jam
20. Cookie Dough Hot Cocoa
21. Cobbler Bars
22. Pumpkin Soup
23. Spicy Garlic Pasta
24. Cheesy Pizza Bread
After such a list of recipes, can you see why this afternoon for lunch, all I wanted was the crisp, simple goodness of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and homemade ranch dressing?
During my umpteenth stop at the grocery store this afternoon, I found goat cheese and fresh herbs on Crazy Sale. Crazy Sale is better than plain-old Sale. It means you HAVE to purchase the item immediately, and so I did. I tossed together the simplest of salads, and whipped up this incredible homemade ranch dressing with the added goodness of goat cheese (Sorry, Kim! I know you said no recipes with goat cheese! ;) and found myself eating the final bits of salad with a spoon. Anything to sop up the perfectly subtle flavor of this incredible dressing.
Anything to drown out all that freelanced sugary sugarness.
Thanking my lucky stars that anything was this.
Creamy Goat Cheese Ranch Dressing
4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon fresh or dried dill
1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
2 medium-sized leaves of fresh sage
1/4 teaspoons fresh thyme (no need to measure, just toss in a few pinches)
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
lots of fresh ground pepper
In a blender, mix all ingredients together until pureed. Serve over fresh-cut romaine with cherry tomatoes, or any other favorite salad that pairs well with ranch.