when the heat of summer has most plants drying up, herbs seem to take off and run with it. they thrive in poor soil and can take a bit of neglect and still give you something to work with. parsley, chives and dill are all popular choices for beginning gardeners because they do not require much more than sun and a bit of water. experienced gardeners use them for more than cooking; parsley and dill will attracts swallowtail butterflies and chive blossoms are a favorite choice of honeybees.
but cooks know that the three herbs can be used in more recipes than any of us can count. one of the simplest ways to use them is in a batch of ranch dressing. mix this up and you may never buy another bottle of it! —janeofmanytrade
What You'll Need
finely chopped fresh chives
finely chopped fresh dill
finely chopped fresh parsley
dry mustard powder
granulated garlic or garlic powder
freshly ground black pepper
freshly squeezed lemon juice
place the herbs in a small bowl and add the salt, mustard, garlic, black pepper and paprika. stir to mix.
add the mayonnaise and stir to make a paste.
using a whisk, mix in the buttermilk and the lemon juice. place in a glass or plastic container and chill for a couple hours before serving.