I recently stumbled on an AMAZING website/blog all about eating and kids. When I discovered it, I was reading it non-stop. It was like a good book I could not put down. #1 thought I was just playing online, but this site is so informative.

www.itsnotaboutnutrition.com

Although my background is nutrition, I know eating well is so much more than just calories, nutrition facts labels, and ingredients list. This blog, from Dina Rose, focuses on the behaviors of eating. 

Dina Rose has a PhD in sociology from Duke University and more than fifteen years’ experience in teaching and research.  For parents who want to feed their kids right, Dina leverages a unique combination of expertise as a sociologist and a mother to help parents solve their kids’ eating problems by focusing on the root of the problem—eating habits, not nutrition. 
She created a Top Ten tip list as well. Just to give you a tease...

1. Taste preferences are more nurture than nature.

3. Never ask children to eat new foods.

5. Serve a fruit and/or a vegetable at every meal and every snack—every darned day. And be satisfied with one Happy Bite.

If you have kids, this blog is a must read! Even if you do not have kids, it is a fascinating look at eating behaviors. 

its not about nutrition


These cookies are so simple and easy, yet taste so decadent. This recipe came from Martha Stewart's cookbook, Martha Stewart's Cookies.


I mostly followed the recipe, but did make a couple changes.

vanilla bean shortbread cookies


I now have 15 homemade dressings on my suzyhomemaker sauces page. Very exciting. On most you will also find a comparison to a store bought dressing. Making homemade salad dressing is so easy and when you see the junk put into store-bought bottled dressing, it is very motivating to make your own.

Check them out and try a few!


15 real food, homemade dressings




My latest dressing, this buttermilk ranch, is probably one of the most popular dressings around. I am surprised it took me this long to make one from scratch.


As always, I like to compare my dressing to a store-bought version. Here is the ingredients list of ranch you would buy in the store.

Ingredients:
Vegetable oil (soybean and/or canola), water, egg yolk, sugar, salt, cultured nonfat buttermilk, natural flavors (milk, soy), less that 1% of: spices, dried garlic, dried onion, vinegar, phosphoric acid, xanthan gum, modified food starch, Monosodium glutamate, artificial flavors, disodium phosphate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate.

And now my version:







Ingredients
1 cup buttermilk*
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic - minced
2 Tbsp finely minced parsley
1.5 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika - if you really want to kick it up a notch use this paprika
pinch of black pepper
~1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk. I added the heavy cream at the end to make it a bit thicker and less tangy. Mine started off a bit runny, but after setting in the fridge overnight, it thickened up a lot. 



* A note on buttermilk. There are not a lot of recipes that call for buttermilk. So there always seems to be extra. Just put it in a silicon ice cube tray, freeze it, the put the cubes in a plastic bag. Thanks Pinterest!


I have done a series of homemade Dressings & Sauces, where you can find all of them listed with links.

homemade buttermilk ranch dressing

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