I was recently introduced to Buycott which is an app for your iphone that scans the bar code of everyday items and tells you if the product is made by a company that supports or opposes the campaigns you choose to follow on the app. Campaigns range from ending animal testing and supporting union workers to Boycotting Tamara’s OC Wedding on Bravo. Buycott doesn’t discriminate, there are campaigns to both avoid and support Koch Industries. I downloaded the app, joined some campaigns and spent the next too many hours scanning everything I could find. Most of the food and cleaning products in my apartment passed the test except two guilty pleasure snacks I
keep had kept hidden around the house: Jelly Belly Sassy Sour jelly beans and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. I vowed to stick to my guns and not buy those products anymore, which means I’ll have to figure out how to make them. When I made butter last week, I knew I had to make ranch dressing using the left over buttermilk. Not so shockingly, it tastes way better than the original and is super easy to make. And in case you were wondering, I did not join Boycott Tamara’s OC Wedding. Real Housewives is one guilty pleasure I’m not ready to give up.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
1 cup homemade buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
1 cup sour cream
3 Tablespoons garlic, minced
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons chives, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon dill fronds, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Whisk all ingredients together. Chill for at least 30 minutes to let flavors marry.
Take silly ranch dressing still-life pictures: