The Ranchifacation of America

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Cornbread
Hamburger
2005/11/19 23:26:49
Greetings from the Gulf Coast. Brand new here to the forum (and what an awesome one it is).

Anyway, I am an executive chef and work for one of the world's largest contract company and my new assignments is in campus dining and I am just blown away on how much Ranch Dressing we go through in one day and what these students are using it for. I've seen them put it on Steak, our wonderful blackend fish, vegetables and "sigh" in soup.

I've gotten to the point where I've thrown my hands in the air and just want to stop even seasoning anything as these "Ranch Hounds" (what my staff calls them)wouldn't know the difference anyway.

Or maybe I could rig up a 50 gallon drum with hoses coming out of it and just let them do ranch bongs or ranch stances.

The kicker is the other day a lady at the school told me she bought a beautiful piece of salmon and marinated in Ranch!!!!! arghhhhhh the humanity!!!!!!

Can someone please help me understand where everyone's taste buds went to and are they lying in the bottom of an empty gallon jug of Ranch Dressing?

bassrocker4u2
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 00:27:20
wow! that was sure some kind of welcome, bushie gave ya.
i am sure you didnt deserve the bashing, but its ineveitable on this forum. in our place, our honey mustard is the first choice. ranch is second. i guess it depends on the region. perhaps, it has to do with the advertising(hidden valley).
anyway, welcome to the board, cornbread.
dreamzpainter
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 06:50:17
is campus dining the same as collage cafateria?(SP) I have a lady friend who runs the kitchen in a retirement home but she calls herself a cook NOT an EXecutive chef and that gal can throw down some chow. Ranch dressing?? My daughter eats it with everything, personally I can't stand the stuff..
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 08:36:19
Setting aside the personality clashes for a minute, I see several very different points being taken on this thread.

1. Ranch Dressing. Is it the new Catsup (Ketchup) of the X or younger generation? How many of you have either contributed to, or ranted about the use of the red-stuff by those who do the foul deed? One could say the same for Garlic, or other condiments.

1A. Consider the clientele- Students tend to be like schools of fish...shifting directions in groups,grasping at trends and media-reinforced commercialism. Great targets for the 'Hidden Valley Boys'!If 'Ranch' is good, then cover everything in 'Ranch' and everything will be good! Remember the target groups are eating in a school food-service institution, not Peter Lugar's.

2. The building of a hierarchy of job titles within the food-service industry. When does a 'Cook' become a 'Chef' or an 'Executive Chef'? I am not making light of our new poster's work. I just recognize that the title goes undefined and therefore can be misunderstood by some.

3. Perhaps some of the interpersonal conflict is generated by the hour of the day that the posts were made. I make excuses for no-one, but I am amazed at how something may strike me as 'rant-worthy' at 0200 that at noon would not. Just a thought.
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 12:10:08
I assume ...

... you cook where you are hired to cook

... you cook with the resources you have and you present the best possible product

... you cook for who you are hired to cook for

... that, in the end, there is no explaining people's taste or lack thereof

I'll bet it is frustrating -- and a valid observation.

Cornbread ... If you haven't already retreated, based on the above bashing, welcome to RF.

Cornbread
Hamburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 12:37:41
Wow thank you for the warm welcome everyone. I think the wonderful thing about a forum like this is after you work a 13 hour day obviously there is something you would like to vent about and who better to vent than to another person that is in the trenches with you..albiet in a different time zone or state.

Oh i'm not whinning by any means just making an observation about a new sector of our business that is new to me and like all new things it will take me a little while to adapt to my customers eating habits is all.

And BTW: I have been a CEC for 12 years now by the ACF and have been in culinary management and a culinary instructor for just shy of 30 years but yes at heart I am a cook without a fancy title and initials that still washes pots, buses tables, counts cash, processes payroll, hires and fires and stll has an absolute passion for good food and giving my customers something to remember. Of course their are way better chefs and cooks out there than me. Thank you for judging me right out of the gate and professing to think that I have not done my time and discounting my skills and talents but alas that is what makes this forum great is all the multi-opinions of everyone and I look forward to learning from each and everyone of you.

Enough of that...I got me a race to watch and I think I may even go get some Cool Ranch Doritos and ice cold PBR to go with it.



Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 13:17:51
quote:
Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

I assume ...

... you cook where you are hired to cook

... you cook with the resources you have and you present the best possible product

... you cook for who you are hired to cook for
In other words, as my mother often said, "You dance with the one what brung you."
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 13:26:12

Sheesch, Cornfed... I was just starting to like you then you go and say you drink 'PBR'....Now, next to chopping up the meat in your BBQ, that's the closest to a character-slur you can do on this forum!!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 13:49:25
This thread sorta got unfriendly. It happens but it does not work. As several of you will notice, a few of the posts were deleted to stop the flaming. Regardless, what makes this forum sorta fun is a whole lot of difference of opinions. Let's just try to enjoy the differences without tearing into each other!

Keep them coming, but please keep in mind the feelings of others when you post. If you intend humor, add a smilely..not everyone understands all forms of 'humor'! Happy Sunday and Happy Thanksgiving.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
&
Al -The Mayor
Lanesville, Indiana
Hiram Callahan
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 14:11:09
Slate's "Explainer" feature concludes that we like it so much because, well, it's "devoid of potentially objectionable ingredients [and] is fattier" than other dressings. "Ranch dressing, which arrived at a time when mayo had gained a reputation as a diet-buster, was essentially a socially acceptable form of the gloopy condiment. It quickly became the preferred way to infuse otherwise healthy dishes with a palatable amount of fat."

The whole piece is here: http://www.slate.com/id/2123991/ .

Sounds about right to me.

berndog
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 14:11:47
Cornbread, this craving for ranch dressing on almost everything may be a local phenomena at your campus. When I visit my son and eat at the wonderful dining hall at his college, I see very little use of ranch dressing, although it is on the salad bar. In additon to the regular salad bar, there is a caesar area with romaine lettuce, caeser dressing, and big bowls to toss it in before putting in in your salad bowl.

As Mayor Al mentioned, we have had similar posts about those who must pour ketchup or salt on everything served to them, before they even taste to see if additional salt is needed.

You're not going to change the culinary habits of the students, but you can make the dressing less available (on the salad bar only, and not in bottles they can easily carry to the table). Also, try offering some interesting alternatives with the proper condiments and see if they go for it. My son's school offers a sushi bar, a stir fry area with oriental offerings, a pizzaria, a grill area for hots and burgers or chicken breast sandwiches, two areas with prepared hot foods, and a sandwich bar with various rolls and breads, cold cuts, and all the toppings you could want.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 14:20:06
To repeat what I said once already (post deleted, don't know why), I'm a ranchaholic myself. I like it on all sorts of things from potato chips to veggie sticks to chiken tenders: mostly fried foods. Maybe you can blame the fast food joints that first started using it as a "sauce" on their chicken nuggets. But, strangely, the one thing I don't much like it on is salad. On that, I prefer balsamic viniagrette.
enginecapt
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 15:04:54
Welcome to Roadfood Cornbread. Don't be a stranger.

One of my dearest friends has a wife and 4 kids that put ranch on everything. A few years ago I was visiting and was asked to whip up a batch of my excellent eggplant parm. So I made a batch of sauce and built two big trays of the eggplant for supper. The first thing Leila and the kids did was drown their entree and salad in ranch. Dean noticed my raised eyebrow and just shrugged his shoulders. I bit off a snarky comment and kept my mouth shut.

I wanted to send them 2 institutional sized jugs of ranch for Christmas, but didn't do that either. I now refer to them as the ranch wife and the ranch kids.

Personally, I despise the stuff.
cornfed
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 16:01:36
There was someone I really liked, but once they ordered ranch, that was it. Does that make me a snob or does it show a heightened awareness about what the hidden racial secrets that culinary ignorance might portend?
nvb
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 18:25:51
Welcome Cornbread!

Doesn't make you a snob at all. I don't agree with it all, either. I don't keep ranch dressing available for the taking in my restaurant and no one is shy about asking for it. On sliced beef sandwiches, onion rings, fries and even chicken-fried steak. Yeah, CFS with gravy.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 18:29:48
I think I might be the only human being on the planet who has never tasted Ranch dressing.
enginecapt
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 18:36:10
No you're not Mr Hoffman. The smell is repugnant enough to me to ensure I'll be the other member of your demo.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 18:39:37
I'm afraid I've never smelled it, either. In fact, so far as I know, I've only seen it in bottles on the supermarket shelf.
wallhd
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 18:44:45
My daughter has been almost 9 years out of college and she still is on the ranch dressing "thing". She and her husband (along with my adult son) are volunteers along the the old man (i.e. me) at our local fire/ems dept. We eat at least one "meal" a week there as a group, She is the only one who has ranch dressing with Buffalo wings, pizza, french fries and what not. I don't think I've ever seen her put it on ice cream, but there may be a chance of that in the future! Separating all of the wheat from the chaff in the previous posts in this thread gets to the real point of the original post: what is the big attraction of ranch dressing?

I'll second the poster who said they couldn't stand the stuff.

Wally

Wally
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 19:53:04
Our university no longer employs an Executive Chef. We once did, and I am not sure why we no longer do -- though, I would bet it has to do with money. We do employ a Banquet Chef, a Production Chef, and a Sous Chef (or so says their titles according to the school). Despite the fact that some of these meals are prepared for campus dining services, many others are prepared for the President of the school in fund raising efforts, and the food would rival that which you would find at an upscale hotel -- still wouldn't go out of my way to eat there versus someplace extraoridnary, but when the Prez is eating, and someone offers a free meal on a college campus, you could do a lot worse.

I am now off to go order something with ranch dressing. I don't want this to be the first character trait I share with Michael Hoffman.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 20:06:37
Dearfolk,
Haven't had much opportunity to go anywhere nor much time to post lately, but I just had to spew out my zloty's worth.
The first time I remember eating ranch dressing was when it came dehydrated in packets and you added buttermilk and other stuff to the powder to make it. I thought it was excellent, but since then, most commercial examples seem to have become blase by comparison. Maybe my tastebuds are dead and I should hold a Tong funeral for them.
The one thing I absolutely have to try is livermush with ranch dressing. (I've already tried it with slaw.)
Or how about putting ranch dressing inside your favorite omelette? When - or maybe better said as what - will the people at Waffle House(R) and Huddle House(R) think of that one?
As for me, I'm signin' off, podnuhs, and headin' back for the ranch.
Dressed To Kill, Ort. Carlton in Yippee-Yay-O Athens, GA.
P. S. Can anyone still find the stuff in the packets where y'all are at, or is it all pre-made now? And are any brands better than others?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 20:59:44
quote:
Originally posted by stevekoe

I am now off to go order something with ranch dressing. I don't want this to be the first character trait I share with Michael Hoffman.

Are we to understand that you are not good at sharing?
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/20 21:05:18
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

I think I might be the only human being on the planet who has never tasted Ranch dressing.


My kids eat these little crackers called "ranch bunnies", which are quite good...but that is the closest I have come to ranch dressing.
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 10:46:57
Ranch dressing...I hate the stuff and yet most medium places in piedmont NC serve it w/ french fries. ???????

Another thing that bugs me about ranch dressing is it is so I don't know...generic that you can't really improve on it by making it in house. Blue cheeese dressing can be greatly improved, as can Italian but ranch is ranch is ranch.

Titles...whatever. I have name badges that proclaim me as "Grand Imperial Master, please bow as I pass" and "Head Hash Slinger".
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 11:12:00
If you want REAL Ranch Dressing, then you have to flavor the commercially supplied dressing properly. According to your own taste preferences, add varying amounts of:

Small bits of dry-rotted wood
Tiny shavings of a tin roof
Hay
Straw
Manure (your choice--cow or horse)
Lint from a well-used blanket
Dust from dried leather
Dried Chapparal sticks

Mix it all together, and you will have a taste truly reminiscent of a ranch!
berndog
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 11:58:20
I recently had some chicken salad prepared with low-fat ranch dressing instead of the usual mayonaise. Although I'm not a ranch fan myself and never use it on a tossed salad or as a dressing, the chicken salad actually was very good, and I'm thinking about trying this myself, or to make tuna salad.
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 12:25:35
We usually have a bottle of Ken's or Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing in the fridge and enjoy it on salads, for celery dipping with chicken wings (I detest bleu cheese), and as a dressing for a "red creamer" potato salad that includes bacon, green onion, and cheddar cheese. Then again, we also like Miracle Whip. Different strokes.... pb
renfrew
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 13:48:16
Only think I like Ranch on is Outback's Aussie Fries. Dont really know why, they serve a spicy ranch with it and I like it. But I also like dipping my fries in tartar sauce.

I dont think i have ever seen such varied use of ranch as you describe.

Bleu Cheese is my personal favorite salad dressing. Not necessarily the heavy mayonaise type either. A little oil and vinergar and bleu cheese crumbles. For creamy dressings I prefer Russian.
Theedge
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 14:31:34
quote:
Then again, we also like Miracle Whip.


hefried
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 14:51:10
ranchification is a good word for it. i agree with mr cornbread.it's everywhere~ i think whole generations of kids are being raised on the stuff. even more than ketchup... i've actually seen kids who wont eat veggies eat then once they're dipped in the stuff... chow down!
i like it, don't love it, but it's ok. it's way better if you make it fresh with real buttermilk... (and real herbs) or even one of those packets....
Cakes
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 15:31:21
I am not a big fan of ranch but my wife likes it on her salad. It got so that she had problems finding the spice packets and when she did they were getting expensive. She does not like the premixed stuff.

I went searching and found a recipe and tweaked it.


Dressing – double batch

1 c Mayo
1 c Diet Mayo
2 c Butter milk

¼ tsp Dill

½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp dried chives
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder


Cakes
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 16:31:41
quote:
Originally posted by stevekoe

Our university no longer employs an Executive Chef. We once did, and I am not sure why we no longer do -- though, I would bet it has to do with money. We do employ a Banquet Chef, a Production Chef, and a Sous Chef (or so says their titles according to the school). Despite the fact that some of these meals are prepared for campus dining services, many others are prepared for the President of the school in fund raising efforts, and the food would rival that which you would find at an upscale hotel -- still wouldn't go out of my way to eat there versus someplace extraoridnary, but when the Prez is eating, and someone offers a free meal on a college campus, you could do a lot worse.


I'm sure this place has a "chef" and, as an alum, I could join: http://www.jhuclub.jhu.edu/dining.html . I admit I used to wish I could eat there as scholarship-dependent undergrad many years ago. And I bet they have ranch dressing on the menu, but probably only for salads.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 16:38:31
quote:
Originally posted by BT

I'm sure this place has a "chef" and, as an alum, I could join: http://www.jhuclub.jhu.edu/dining.html . I admit I used to wish I could eat there as scholarship-dependent undergrad many years ago. And I bet they have ranch dressing on the menu, but probably only for salads.


I know that you are a "Dookie", but I recall a place very similar to this at UNC from when I lived in Chapel Hill. May be college dining, but I have had far worse meals!
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 17:48:23
quote:
Originally posted by stevekoe



I know that you are a "Dookie", but I recall a place very similar to this at UNC from when I lived in Chapel Hill. May be college dining, but I have had far worse meals!


Yeah, well here's the Blue Devil alternative where I had a few
"far worse meals" (and I bet they make ranch dressing available for every occasion):



Maybe I just find Georgian architecture more refined than Gothic.
BluePlate
Junior Burger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 19:00:52
Cornfed, I come from the Gulf Coast and I don't think it's a regional thing. College age kids today were raised on McTrash...do you think they have learned to cover any quick meal they get in goop to make it semi-palatable or to make it taste like the meals they are getting at home?
-Tricky-
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/21 22:06:13
quote:
Originally posted by BluePlate

Cornfed, I come from the Gulf Coast and I don't think it's a regional thing. College age kids today were raised on McTrash...do you think they have learned to cover any quick meal they get in goop to make it semi-palatable or to make it taste like the meals they are getting at home?


What is worse is that it is not just college kids. I'm 30 years old and know adults my age, one of whom is CFO of an $80 Million company, who can't eat french fries without, wait for it, ranch dressing. I often want to point out that it is in fact, ranch dressing, not ranch "sauce". It truly has become the new catsup.

Don't get me wrong; I occasionally enjoy a green salad with hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese, croutons and onions with ranch dressing. But I know it is just that - salad dressing for a non-descript, chain restaurant salad. The only non-salad thing I can think of ranch dressing being good for is deep fried pickles. " />

What happened to taste buds? There's nothing inherently wrong with ranch dressing. But when it's the only flavor one enjoys there is a problem. When an entire generation douses every(savory)thing they eat with ranch dressing I think we need to ask ourselves "What the heck?" (I feel the same way about catsup. Fries, burgers, dogs only. Yes, I know the third could get me tarred and feathered some places. )

But, I do wish I knew why everyone under 40s taste buds seem to be lying at the bottom of an empty gallon of Ranch dressing! I don't keep Ranch in the house. Not because I despise it, I don't, but because I get a perverse joy out of telling people, "Nope, no ranch for your XYZ" when they're here." Then I think "Try the darn sauce we made for XYZ. It's way better than Ranch."
sizz
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/22 01:54:37
my wife puts the Freeeeeeeeeeeeken stuff on here pizza, I kid you not. In a pizza joint she'll order her pizza and a side cup of Ranch............. and I start to pretend I don't even know her.
Cornbread
Hamburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/24 00:57:51
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


Sheesch, Cornfed... I was just starting to like you then you go and say you drink 'PBR'....Now, next to chopping up the meat in your BBQ, that's the closest to a character-slur you can do on this forum!!


Okay now it's personal it's one thing to call me a fake chef but to hate on my PBR is another LOL. After a hard days work there is nothing like poping off the lid of an ice cold PBR and eating a chopped BBQ Pork samich...errrr okay I tried to be clever with the "chopped" part....I'd rather have it pulled. Darn it now I want some BBQ on the eve of Turkey Day.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/24 02:00:34
My 12 year old likes ranch with veggies and on salad. I prefer bleu cheese.
Burgerman1
Hamburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/26 14:33:33
This thread is so funny.

Cornbread, next time you have a Ranch Food Drowner...remind them that all good ranch dressing is made from BUTTERMILK and 5-day old athletic supporters. Watch'em choose something else.

HB
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/26 16:21:52
I bought a bottle of something called Peppercorn Ranch yesterday just to taste it. It was pretty good. If I ever lose my mind and make a salad I'll try some on it. Who knows, it might kill the taste of salad things.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/27 21:41:58
Dearfolk,
Okay, y'all have challenged me. Tonight when I leave out of here and go eat some fried dill pickles at The Blind Pig, I'll order them with something else instead of ranch dressing. From that point on, doing without ranch dressing for a week shouldn't be difficult. I'll post afterward if I show any obvious signs of the dreaded outcome... Ranch Withdrawal.
Slowly Galloping Off Into The Long-Departed Sunset, Ort. Carlton in Lovely Athens, Georgia.
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/11/27 23:46:15
Been awhile since I had ranch... But some deep fried mozz sticks and some PBR do sound good right about now! Heck, might even splurge and get some deep fried shrooms also... Too bad the Inn around the corner is closed on Sundays... And ya, will be dipping them in some Ranch!


roossy90
Sirloin
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/01 17:09:58
quote:
Originally posted by Cornbread

Greetings from the Gulf Coast. Brand new here to the forum (and what an awesome one it is).

Anyway, I am an executive chef and work for one of the world's largest contract company and my new assignments is in campus dining and I am just blown away on how much Ranch Dressing we go through in one day and what these students are using it for. I've seen them put it on Steak, our wonderful blackend fish, vegetables and "sigh" in soup.

I've gotten to the point where I've thrown my hands in the air and just want to stop even seasoning anything as these "Ranch Hounds" (what my staff calls them)wouldn't know the difference anyway.

Or maybe I could rig up a 50 gallon drum with hoses coming out of it and just let them do ranch bongs or ranch stances.

The kicker is the other day a lady at the school told me she bought a beautiful piece of salmon and marinated in Ranch!!!!! arghhhhhh the humanity!!!!!!

Can someone please help me understand where everyone's taste buds went to and are they lying in the bottom of an empty gallon jug of Ranch Dressing?




I HATE RANCH DRESSING!

I think I am the only one in the world who refuses to eat it!
Tara
PhenoBarbieDahl
Hamburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/01 17:22:50
I like the better brands or "homemade" ranch on salad or to dip fried things in. My roommate ordered it as the dip choice for his breadsticks a while back and I was horrified, not that the canned nacho cheese or tomato sauce would've been much better.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/01 18:26:46
quote:
Originally posted by -Tricky-
What is worse is that it is not just college kids. I'm 30 years old and know adults my age, one of whom is CFO of an $80 Million company, who can't eat french fries without, wait for it, ranch dressing. I often want to point out that it is in fact, ranch dressing, not ranch "sauce". It truly has become the new catsup.


Well, don't ever travel in Europe, then. The sight of people eating fries with mayo will make your head explode.
-Tricky-
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/01 21:29:32
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

Well, don't ever travel in Europe, then. The sight of people eating fries with mayo will make your head explode.


That's cultural. It's not as if they put mayo on everything; it's their fry topping. I've tried it here and think it's kind of, eh. Mustard? That's a good choice.
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/02 15:30:43
Mayo on pomme frittes? But of course you foolish American...Tis the best...
ernieson
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/02 16:32:10
I too refuse to eat ranch. I had a job at a summer camp in the 80's and I had to make gallons every day. Plus, there was do spoon long enough to reach to the bottom, so I had to stick my whole forearm in the stuff. I SMELLED like ranch all summer. PUKE!
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/02 17:05:39
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

quote:
Originally posted by -Tricky-
What is worse is that it is not just college kids. I'm 30 years old and know adults my age, one of whom is CFO of an $80 Million company, who can't eat french fries without, wait for it, ranch dressing. I often want to point out that it is in fact, ranch dressing, not ranch "sauce". It truly has become the new catsup.


Well, don't ever travel in Europe, then. The sight of people eating fries with mayo will make your head explode.


European travel isn't necessary for this experience. As long as I have been going there, one of my favorite SF bistros, Absinthe, has served their frites with aoli which is pretty close--and I have been eating them and enjoying it.

By the way--I hope you all are satisfied. I made myself a big "dinner" salad the other evening and I was about to buy ranch dressing to put on it when my hand froze, I flashed to this thread, and grabbed some Caesar dressing instead.
pcdiva
Double Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/02 17:20:53
Hey y'all from the frozen wastes of MI!

I like different salad dressings on all kinds of fried foods and bread products. Usually I just take the rest of my cup of "dressing on the side" from my salad and dip away. BUT I always taste stuff first! And dry pizza bones are improved by some kind of sauce after all the cheesy goodness has been consumed!

BTW, mayo sprinkled with a little black pepper is an EXCELLENT dip for fries. I've never been to Europe, but I've been eating fries w/mayo for a long time.

Drive safe out there!
Alice
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/02 22:07:09
quote:
Originally posted by pcdiva

Hey y'all from the frozen wastes of MI!

I like different salad dressings on all kinds of fried foods and bread products. Usually I just take the rest of my cup of "dressing on the side" from my salad and dip away. BUT I always taste stuff first! And dry pizza bones are improved by some kind of sauce after all the cheesy goodness has been consumed!

BTW, mayo sprinkled with a little black pepper is an EXCELLENT dip for fries. I've never been to Europe, but I've been eating fries w/mayo for a long time.

Drive safe out there!
Alice


I had a customer once ordered clarified butter that we used for steamed shrimp and clams, etc, dip her FF in... GAG.....
Seen the mayo thing alot....
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/04 23:32:23
Dearfolk,
I've taken no ranch dressing now in a week, and the world is still turning. Nor have I missed it particularly.
Next I try fried pickles with thousand island dressing. But not tonight.
Meanwhile, Not Back At The Ranch, Ort. Carlton in Hurried Athens, Georgia.
-Tricky-
Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/05 21:47:24
quote:
Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

I've taken no ranch dressing now in a week, and the world is still turning. Nor have I missed it particularly.

Yay!

quote:
Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

Next I try fried pickles with thousand island dressing. But not tonight.

Don't mess with perfection. Stick with ranch for fried pickles. " />
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/06 14:49:31
My kids put it on everthing...last night on a beautiful potato charlotte. At least they don't have black bracelets.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2005/12/09 19:57:51
Dearfolk,
Sniff. I fell off the Ranch Wagon yesterday. It was either use homemade Ranch dressing or gloppy, gluey cheap bottled French dressing - the place was out of everything else.
Mine was a valiant try, ending my if-minor Ranch addiction, and it lasted almost two weeks. But what's a poor hungry guy like me to go in this all-too-Ranchified America?? Put mustard on a salad???
All Dressed Up And Somewhere To Go, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
Greyghost
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2006/01/23 16:25:29
There she is Miss America, scarfing down fries with ranch dressing after winning the crown!

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20060121-2116-missamerica.html

Look for ranch dressing to leap from fad status to full tilt craze after this!
redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2006/01/23 22:11:20
I just in the last few moments , stumbled on this thread. Now , I'm having trouble seeing, because of tears of laughter. Dayumm.........I think we need to create a whole new website forum........"Have you been....RANCHIFIED!"


My take on Ranch.........hmmmmm....I don't eat it on salads, nor do I dip strawberries in it or slather it on a filet mignon. The prefab bottled varieties hold no interest for me at all, BUT..........I do like the home versions as well as the powdered mix from Hidden Valley(Kroger's makes a decent powdered also.) In my using the powdered it's to provide a bit of a kick to overly sweetened blue cheese dressings, or to use as an addendum to some preparations. Wing purists will beat their chests and pray for my eternally damned soul at my next statement: I use the powder in Hot wing sauce. My recipe for 6 lbs of the most awesome of chicken wings

6 lbs chicken wings, separated at joint(natch)
Peanut oil

Pour oil into frying edifice, heat until a chicken wing section tossed into it causes you to get third degree burns on your face , neck and upper chest from the spatters

Whilst those tidbits are bubbling away, mix up some sauce the Red way:

1 cup Frank's Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup of either apple cider or red wine vinegar
2 TBLSP Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce(And I MEAN LEa and Perrins)


Put all the ingredients into a microwaveable bowl and microwave for about 4-5 minutes.

Remove from microwave and whisk into the mixture:
1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing


put aside.......but go ahead and stick your finger in and taste the goodness

Drink libation of choice

After the wings are fried to crisp and golden, remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Place wings in a BIG bowl and then pour the sauce over them. The beauty of this sauce is, that because of the powdered Ranch dressing, the sauce clings well to the chicken, negating the need to bake the sauce on, and getting the wings all mooshy again. I've had people ask for the sauce in addition on the side so they can drink the stuff! Even members of "RDIADS" (ranch dressing is a deadly sin love this preparation

BT
Filet Mignon
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2006/01/23 22:52:34
quote:
Originally posted by redtressed

I just in the last few moments , stumbled on this thread.


You'll be sorry. It pops into my head every time I go to the supermarket, now.
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: The Ranchifacation of America 2006/01/23 23:45:53
And then there are those of us who simply, and merely, don't particularly like the stuff. I'm not emotional about it, I just like other dressings better. Where mayo on fries is concerned, I was eating fries that way in the late '50s at (the very first in the world) Lot-A-Burger in Albuquerque. In fact, I could come to the window (no eat-in then) and ask for "the usual" and get an It's-A-Burger with mayo and onions and an order of fries with mayo. I was in elementary or junior high--no older, but even then a critter of habit.

And Howdy, Red! I told Jan about your email and dang if she didn't decide she might come to O'boro after all. We'll have to reschedule our fambly reunion.
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