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Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing with Sweet Pork Tacos is one of my families most asked for meals. Even the left overs are craved by all the kids!

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A Thrifty Mom’s Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

My kids call this the “yummy green dressing”, they could literally eat it on pretty much anything.  But instead I tend to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing, when we have taco salad or our recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos.  We use to make a  Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing that had a can of salsa verde  in it. But we had trouble with it often having a bit bitter taste. So that is how this new recipe came about.   Be sure to pin it on Pinterest or print it off via the printable version below so you can always find it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side.  Do this a few times to make sure I did not miss anything.

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Your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing will be thin, but it will thicken up after a few hours. Make this dressing several hours before you eat it so that the flavors get better as they have time to blend.  If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it.  Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

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Serves: 3 cups dressing
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side. Dressing will be thin a first but it will thicken up after a few hours. I highly suggest you make this dressing several hours before you eat it. The flavors get better as they have time to blend. If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it. Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

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We made an earlier version you can check out as well.

On the Sweet Pork Tacos we first posted on them way back in 2010. We then upgraded the recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos and Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

 

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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes #Hacks

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I am excited to share this Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe with you!  Are you looking for something to do with your green tomatoes in your garden before the first frost comes.  Did you know that you can make Raspberry flavored jelly with green tomatoes.  I know it sound WEIRD, I totally understand.  But take my word for it, you can not taste the tomatoes at all.  I did not tell my kids what was in the jelly till AFTER they ate a whole jar (took about a week)…. I then told them it was made out of tomatoes they wouldn’t believe me.   My husband said it taste like the filling in a jelly doughnut 🙂

This recipe is rather quick and easy, go ahead and give it a try!

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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes

Cook time about 30 minutes

You will need:

  • 4 cups diced green tomatoes
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 6oz Raspberry Jello packet
  • 1 pint jars with lid and band for canning HOT and sanitized  (or use freezer container)

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with JelloStart by washing your green tomatoes.  The dice them and measure out 4 cups, add to a pot on the stove. Also add 4 cups sugar.  Stir the sugar and tomatoes till the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat.  Use an immersion Blender to blend the tomatoes, til all the large chunks are smooth.  You can use a normal blender if you don’t have an immersion blender but remember it is SUPER HOT so be very careful.

Next mix in a 6oz dry jello package, still till well blended. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

Recipe for Green Tomatoe Jelly made with jello. What to do with green tomatoes from your garden. Jelly recipe made with JelloAdd the hot Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly  into a canning jar leaving a 1/2 inch of space in the top of the jar.  You want the jar hot, you can do this by putting them in hot water on the stove or putting them on the sanitize cycle in your dishwasher. Wipe the rim of your jar clean, add a lid secure with a metal ring. Turn upside down for 5 minutes.  Then turn them right side up again, most of them will “pop” sealed right after you flip them over.  But others might take a while longer. Make sure they have sealed, once opened store in the refrigerator.  Unopened jars of  Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly should stay good up to a year.

Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe
 
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Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly Recipe ~ What to do with Green Tomatoes
Recipe type: Condiment
Ingredients
  • 4 cups diced green tomatoes
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 6oz Raspberry Jello packet
  • 1 pint jars with lid and band for canning HOT and sanitized (or use freezer container)
Instructions
  1. Start by washing your green tomatoes. The dice them and measure out 4 cups, add to a pot on the stove. Also add 4 cups sugar. Stir the sugar and tomatoes till the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat. Use an immersion Blender to blend the tomatoes, til all the large chunks are smooth. You can use a normal blender if you don't have an immersion blender but remember it is SUPER HOT so be very careful.
  2. Next mix in a 6oz dry jello package, still till well blended. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  3. Add the hot Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly into a canning jar leaving a ½ inch of space in the top of the jar. You want the jar hot, you can do this by putting them in hot water on the stove or putting them on the sanitize cycle in your dishwasher. Wipe the rim of your jar clean, add a lid secure with a metal ring. Turn upside down for 5 minutes. Then turn them right side up again, most of them will "pop" sealed right after you flip them over. But others might take a while longer. Make sure they have sealed, once opened store in the refrigerator. Unopened jars of Green Tomato Raspberry Jello Jelly should stay good up to a year

 

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How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide

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How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide

Tomatoes are one of the most plentiful foods at the end of the gardening season. You can  use all varieties for canning tomatoes, in fact I like to use lots of different kinds to Can Tomatoes. I feel like the combination makes a better end product. Did you know you can even can grape tomatoes, yes the tiny bite sized ones. Most people let them go to waste because they are feared to be too time consuming to can. They are actually pretty quick and easy and are a great treat during the winter. Grape tomatoes are very inexpensive to can. All you need is a water bath canner or a large stockpot, water, canning salt,  lemon juice and jars and lids.

With these supplies you should be ready to learn How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide.

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First step,  How to Can Tomatoes ~ Quick step by step guide.

Start by inspecting your jars for any nicks, scratches, or cracks. Set aside damaged jars, because the heat from the canning process might cause them to break. Wash the undamaged jars with warm, soapy water. If your jars have a white residue on them, soak for 10 minutes in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. Fill your canner with water and place clean jars inside. Bring to a simmer of 180°F and allow the jars to simmer until you are ready to use. OR you can put them in a clean dishwasher and wash them on high heat.  This will both wash the jars and keep them nice a warm, ready for the canning process.

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Wash your tomatoes thoroughly.

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Working in batches, boil the tomatoes for 45-60 seconds and immediately dunk in the ice water. Squeeze them gently and the peels should slide right off. For larger tomatoes, cut out the stem and core.

Pack tomatoes into hot jars and fill with boiling water, leaving a 1/2” head space. Slide a plastic or rubber spatula around the inside of the jar, pressing lightly on the fruits, to remove air bubbles. Add more water if you’ve dropped below 1/2” head space. Add 1/4 tsp salt to pint jars and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, or 1/2 tsp to quart jars and one teaspoon lemon juice, if desired. MOST the time no water is needed, if you press down the juice from the tomatoes fills the jars empty spaces.  But if your tomatoes are not very juicy water might be needed.

 

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Use a clean cloth to wipe off the rim of the jar. Affix lids and rings to jars and lower into canner. Bring the water to a full boil and cover. Process pints for 35 minutes and quarts for 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let the canner cool for 5 minute before removing jars. Set the processed jars on  a thick, dry towel.

Let the jars cool for 12-24 hours and check the seals by pressing in the center of the lid. If it is solid, the jars have processed completely. If there is any give, or ‘pop’ when you press on the lid, the jar did not process and should be refrigerated for immediate use.  Hope you enjoyed learning How to Can Tomatoes with this Quick step by step guide.

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Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe

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Our family love this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder! It is one that everyone loves.  Getting  seven people to all like the same meal can sometimes be tricky. But this one tends to be a favorite every time I make it.   I tend to make it in the late summer/ fall when we have fresh sweet corn from the local farmers. But it can be made anytime of year, it is great even if you have to use canned or frozen corn.  Perfect for lunch or dinner. Best part is it can be ready and on the table in about 20 minutes!

Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe

What you need:

  • 1 bell pepper diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 large onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery  diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 4 cups red potatoes chopped (washed but not peeled)
  • 3 cups corn  (don’t add till the end)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste – depends on if you use salted butter and low sodium stock.  Salt to your taste, but I normally add about a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Green Onions and extra cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)

For the cream sauce

  • 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 8 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese grated

Direction:

Wash all your produce before chopping.  Dice your bell pepper, onion and celery into small pieces about the size of a pea.  You want this to cook quickly so size will matter.  If you are not in a rush, and want it to simmer on the stove for awhile you could make the pieces bigger.   Next chop you red potatoes, I like to leave the skins on for this recipe. But you can peel them if you do not like the skins.  The potatoes need to be a cut bigger since this is a chowder. But still small enough to cook within the 15-20 minute time frame. I cut mine about the size of a medium sized gumball or Whopper.

Add your chopped vegetables and 4 tablespoons butter to a large pot ( I suggest 8 qt or larger just so it does not boil over). Stir over medium/ high heat till your onions start to turn clear in color.  This normally takes about 5 minutes, make sure you stir frequently to prevent burning.  Add in your 4 cups of stock and put a lid on it.  Once at a full boil turn heat down to medium to a gentle boil. Let that boil for 10-15 minutes while you start your cream sauce. Watch it,  you do not want to over cook your veggies.

Cream Sauce for Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder –  In a sauce pan over medium heat melt your butter. Once melted whisk in your floor. Stir to avoid lumps and help it cook evenly. Cook for 2-4 minutes this will give the floor a nutty flavor it also helps the  sauce have a smooth creamy texture.  Slowly pour in your milk, while you whisk it into the flour and butter mixture.  Continue cooking over medium heat. Stir it as is slowly comes to a slow boil and starts to thicken. Once thickened (like gravy) stir in your grated cheese.  Take off heat and set aside.

By this time your vegetable mixture should be done cooking.  Toss in your corn (fresh, canned or frozen) and allow it cook for 2-3 minutes. Take off heat and add the cream sauce, mix well.  Taste to see if you need more salt or pepper.  Soup is hot and ready to serve! If you are not ready to serve just keep it on low heat, just enough to keep it warm.  Do not boil it, to avoid the milk separating.  Garnish with more cheese and chopped green onions (optional).  Hope you enjoy this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, our family sure loves it!

Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - Easy 20 minute dinner recipe
 
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Serves: 5-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bell pepper diced (about ⅔ cup)
  • 1 large onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 stalks celery diced (about ⅔ cup)
  • 4 cups red potatoes chopped (washed but not peeled)
  • 3 cups corn (don't add till the end)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste - depends on if you use salted butter and low sodium stock. Salt to your taste, but I normally add about a teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.
  • Green Onions and extra cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
  • For the cream sauce
  • 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 8 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 2½ cups of cheddar cheese grated
Instructions
  1. Direction:
  2. Wash all your produce before chopping. Dice your bell pepper, onion and celery into small pieces about the size of a pea. You want this to cook quickly so size will matter. If you are not in a rush, and want it to simmer on the stove for awhile you could make the pieces bigger. Next chop you red potatoes, I like to leave the skins on for this recipe. But you can peel them if you do not like the skins. The potatoes need to be a cut bigger since this is a chowder. But still small enough to cook within the 15-20 minute time frame. I cut mine about the size of a medium sized gumball or Whopper.
  3. Add your chopped vegetables and 4 tablespoons butter to a large pot ( I suggest 8 qt or larger just so it does not boil over). Stir over medium/ high heat till your onions start to turn clear in color. This normally takes about 5 minutes, make sure you stir frequently to prevent burning. Add in your 4 cups of stock and put a lid on it. Once at a full boil turn heat down to medium to a gentle boil. Let that boil for 10-15 minutes while you start your cream sauce. Watch it, you do not want to over cook your veggies.
  4. Cream Sauce for Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - In a sauce pan over medium heat melt your butter. Once melted whisk in your floor. Stir to avoid lumps and help it cook evenly. Cook for 2-4 minutes this will give the floor a nutty flavor it also helps the sauce have a smooth creamy texture. Slowly pour in your milk, while you whisk it into the flour and butter mixture. Continue cooking over medium heat. Stir it as is slowly comes to a slow boil and starts to thicken. Once thickened (like gravy) stir in your grated cheese. Take off heat and set aside.
  5. By this time your vegetable mixture should be done cooking. Toss in your corn (fresh, canned or frozen) and allow it cook for 2-3 minutes. Take off heat and add the cream sauce, mix well. Taste to see if you need more salt or pepper. Soup is hot and ready to serve! If you are not ready to serve just keep it on low heat, just enough to keep it warm. Do not boil it, to avoid the milk separating. Garnish with more cheese and chopped green onions (optional). Hope you enjoy this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, our family sure loves it!
  6. Note - I say (about) in my ingredient list because you do not have to exact in the measurements. There is no need to throw part of an onion or bell pepper away if it is not the exact measurement. Just as long as it is close the amount this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder - Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, is more suggested amounts and it still turns out delicious every time!

Note – I say (about) in my ingredient list because you do not have to exact in the measurements. There is no need to throw part of an onion or bell pepper away if it is not the exact measurement.  Just as long as it is close the amount this Sweet Corn and Potato Cheesy Chowder – Easy 20 minute dinner recipe, is more suggested amounts and it still turns out delicious every time!

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