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You Can´t Corral Some Folks´
Taste for Ranch Dressing

Wall Street Journal, by Lindsay Gellman

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/18/2014 7:21:21 AM

Mike De Jesus tries to maintain a healthy diet. But to make his food choices more palatable, he often turns to a certain oyster-colored glop. The 29-year-old online advertising sales manager dips broccoli, carrots and celery sticks into ranch dressing, something he says he eats "pretty much on a daily basis." The zingy, buttermilk-and-herb accompaniment is so addictive that "I would be miserable eating a salad otherwise," says Mr. De Jesus, who works for a large Silicon Valley technology company. Americans´ eating habits have changed dramatically in recent decades, as shoppers dump frozen food for fresh and abandon the canned-food aisles. Yet even

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 7/18/2014 7:35:31 AM     (No. 9929853)

It is delicious and I love it. Unlike some food nazis, I don´t ban it. I just eat it in moderation as I do all things. And I am in excellent health.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/18/2014 7:51:13 AM     (No. 9929875)

Yes, my daughter has the same yen for chunky Bleu cheese. She will order a ceasar salad with Bleu cheese dressing. A bit embarrassing, but like # 1 said, everything in moderation.

P.S. Most salad dressings can be easily made from scratch at home in small batches using fresh ingredients and avoiding the processed items and preservatives.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/18/2014 7:52:01 AM     (No. 9929876)

Some of the tanginess in the original HVR has been dumbed down. Ken´s is more like the original. My husband likes Ranch.

We use Italian for marinating chicken breasts.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 7/18/2014 8:02:07 AM     (No. 9929892)

Why is Bleu Cheese embarrassing #2? It is THE ONLY way to eat wings. And #3, try the Italian marinade on steaks, then grill em. It is delish.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: civilservant, 7/18/2014 8:30:00 AM     (No. 9929939)

#4, A classic Caesar dressing is compossed of lemon juice, anchovies, a 1 minute egg and salt and pepper.
Absolutely OK to put on it what you want, but to a purist the above is the only ´Caesar salad´ there is.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chumley, 7/18/2014 8:31:38 AM     (No. 9929945)

Life is meant to be enjoyed. To deny yourself something you enjoy (something that hurts nobody) simply because some busybody says you should seems silly.
You can enjoy your life and die, or be miserable and die anyway.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 7/18/2014 8:42:42 AM     (No. 9929961)

Ranch dressing is delicious. It´s settled science.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/18/2014 9:24:01 AM     (No. 9930034)

Try it on a baked potato instead of butter or sour cream.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: linkay6, 7/18/2014 9:42:14 AM     (No. 9930063)

I love Ranch dressing too.

Try it in tuna salad instead of just mayo!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/18/2014 9:45:01 AM     (No. 9930073)

#9 ... and use about 1/2 cup frozen peas instead of chopped celery.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/18/2014 9:45:51 AM     (No. 9930075)

#3, Try a combo of Cain´s Bellissimo Italian (if it´s available where you live) and dry vermouth. Excellent.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/18/2014 9:49:21 AM     (No. 9930082)

Um Um, HV Peppercorn Ranch. On a whim, put it in the mashed potatoes one night while whipping them. DELISH!! No gravy needed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ramona, 7/18/2014 10:21:44 AM     (No. 9930125)

Ranch dressing was my favorite (still like it) until I found Ken´s Vidalia Onion, at least for salads. I agree Ranch goes well with so many other things like potatoes and other veggies.

Catalina was another long-time favorite.

Someone in DC should be pleased that we at least eat salads!
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Trust No One, 7/18/2014 10:46:45 AM     (No. 9930172)

Better stock up now on all things YOU like before Big Foot´s talking shopping carts say you can´t buy THAT!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: richwill, 7/18/2014 12:14:09 PM     (No. 9930294)

Only answer is to ban humans. However, if humans are banned, what will happen to all the food police types?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: horacer, 7/18/2014 12:20:50 PM     (No. 9930304)

Ranch is ok as a dip. I prefer the old fashioned Green Goddess dressing for salad. You have to make it yourself. But I like that. I add extra anchovies and lots of pepper. Everything is better with extra anchovies.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Muncssister, 7/18/2014 12:27:31 PM     (No. 9930308)

Muncsbrother in law dips his pizza in ranch. I used to mock him. So gross! So fattening! Now, 10 years later, pizza isn´t pizza without it. Mix it with Papa John´s garlic sauce and you´re talking last meal caliber deliciousness.

Sigh. Now, back to my 2 point soup...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: cheeflo, 7/18/2014 1:13:16 PM     (No. 9930351)

No mention that some fat in the diet is essential to good nutrition. And flash-frozen and canned vegetables actually retain more nutrients than fresh. Doesn´t fit the narrative.

My favorite is bleu cheese dressing on an iceberg wedge with some chopped tomato, a little bacon, hard boiled egg, and crumbled bleu cheese -- yum!

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