We found this very catchy headline for a piece the condiment, “You Can’t Corral Some Folks’ Taste for Ranch Dressing,” at http://www.dressings-sauces.org/salad-dressing-sauce-trends-0. The piece is from the Wall Street Journal, dated July 18, 2014, and it rather soothed us when it said, “… some consumers can’t even palate raw vegetables without the creamy condiment on hand.” Then our collective heart beat faster with this statement, “Ranch dressing isn’t just having a moment in the vegetable world. Manufacturers are using the flavor to create products like ranch-flavored kale chips, and people are even dipping their fries, pizza or tacos in the creamy dressing.” Oh, yes!
If you want the lowdown on Ranch, you need to go to the ponderously long url of http://www.omaha.com/go/the-story-of-the-nebraska-cowboy-who-invented-ranch-dressing/article_8f2d023e-5cf7-521f-aeda-55c59729583f.html and read about Kenneth Henson, aka Steve. This is a very cool story, with this snippet to entice you: “In 1949, Henson went to Alaska for three years to work as a plumbing contractor — a job that included cooking for his fellow workers. While cooking in Alaska, he refined a recipe for buttermilk dressing. This dressing became the house dressing at Hidden Valley Ranch [EdgyPlate: AHA!], a dude ranch the Hensons purchased near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1954. For many years they hosted guests from near and far who came to enjoy the ranch and enjoy the meals by Kenneth (who by then changed his name to Steve), Gayle and their staff.”
If you’re crazycraving Ranch, go to http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/Outback-Steakhouse-Ranch-Salad-Dressing-Copycat-Recipe.html and get the Outback Ranch Copycat Recipe.