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Make-A-Mix Cookbook Online + Ranch Dressing Recipe

March 11, 2008


My mother-in-law, who is a missionary in South Korea, gave me the cookbook, Make-A-Mix for Christmas a couple of years back. Although Korea is a highly advanced country, many of the ingredients (specifically mixes) called for in of our American recipes are either difficult to find or too expensive. So, she makes her own!

Foreseeing ministry in an international setting in our future, this book definitely caught my attention. How would I ever survive without ranch dressing?!?* Such fears allayed, I can not only make my own ranch dressing, but countless others, too! 😉

By making your own mixes, you can also have control of the ingredients…and recognize what you are putting into most of them. For casserole lovers, this book is for you!

But lest you think I am being paid to advertise this book 🙂 , Google Reader offers a preview of almost all of the book here.  Or you can buy it at Amazon.com, and possibly I’ll earn a little, too!

The book gives instructions on how to make various mixes and then includes recipes that use the mix.

Here’s a recipe for ranch dressing, a.k.a., home-style dressing:

Recipe for Home-Style Dressing Mix:

2 teaspoons instant minced onion (if you have a dehydrator, make your own)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate, if desired

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until evenly distributed. Put mixture in foil packet or 1-pint glass jar. Label with date and contents. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 months. Makes about 2 tablespoons HOME-STYLE DRESSING MIX.

Recipe for Home Style Dressing:

1 recipe Home-Style Dressing Mix

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup buttermilk

No buttermilk? Substitute with sour cream or plain yogurt.

Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Shake until well blended. Chill before serving. Makes about 2 cups.

So, there you have it! That’s how to make your own ranch dressing!

*Hopefully my sarcasm was evident; but if not, please know that I would very gladly give up ranch dressing (and everything else) for the privilege of obeying God’s calling in our lives..

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  • Matt Hanson March 11, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Good writing. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed my Google News Reader..

    Matt Hanson

  • sashwhy March 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    You can find a lot of make-it-from-scratch recipes (like ketchup, etc.) in Mennonite cookbooks too. I stayed with a missionary in South America, and she used Mennonite cookbooks all of the time for things such as this since she had limited means living in the bush.

  • Shannon March 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I would be lost without this cookbook. I make all my own mixes. I love the Quick mix (bisquick). It makes the best drop biscuits when you’re in a hurry. I also love the french dressing which to me is actually a slightly sweet Italian. I could go on and on about the mixes in this book! 🙂

  • martha March 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love this cookbook and also More Make a Mix!

  • Lynn March 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I bought this cookbook last month. I wrote about how excited I was to try the recipes on my blog last week. The only mix I have tried is the snack cake and it was really good. I have a whole list of others to try.

  • toni March 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Wow!This sounds like a great cookbook!Can`t waite to buy it!!

  • Q&Q March 13, 2008 at 4:38 am

    I love this book. I have the older version. I make all the cookies.

  • Michele March 16, 2008 at 5:41 am

    I love the Make A Mix cookbook. I have had mine for several years now and use it often.
    How wonderful that your MIL is a missionary in South Korea, our boys were adopted from South Korea and we hope to travel back to their homeland one day.

  • Warren August 27, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Hi, I found the recipe for homemade lemon pie filling mix on the internet from this cookbook. I can not find what other items are required to make the pie filling. I use lemon pie filling from a can to make lemon chicken, but, all of our local stores do not carry it anymore. That is why I have to go to plan B. I really do not want to buy the book for this one piece of info, not that I am a cheap, I have a huge cookbook collection and really do not need anther cookbook. Thank You Warren

  • Marge December 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    We used to sell thousands of the Make-A-Mix books. We were a book wholesaler in the 70’s and 80’s. Stores would call and want 10 … I would say, how about 15..? (they were packed in 15’s) always, yes and what hot books they were!! I still use some of the recipes but seeing these comments it has revived my interest in the books. they would be good additions to my 3 daughter in laws cookbook collections.

  • Bob Johnson July 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I have used your books for years and one of my favorite recipes was Madellines (sp) muffins. I moved to this beautifull place two years ago following my wife’s death. Unfortunately your two books disappeared in the move. Any possibility of getting you to E-mail me a copy od that muffin recipe?