Even when a dinner is lackluster, I still try to suffer through the leftovers. And by “I”, I really mean Josh. Yup. I stick Josh with the reject dinners. Every. Single. Time. For the longest time, he wouldn’t even complain. Just carried them off to work and afterwards said that it made surprisingly better leftovers. After a while, I caved and took some of the failed dinner leftovers with me — soooo not good the next day. At first, I thought maybe Josh’s standards were just a little lower than mine (which is true sometimes when it comes to food) or maybe that tricking me into taking those particular leftovers had been his plan all along, but finally I just asked him.
Apparently, his work has “really good seasonings” he adds to his food. I asked what they were and he told me. It was a brand name for MSG. He was sprinkling my bland food with MSG. While I might fail at making dinner sometimes, I try my best to at least fill it with wholesome ingredients. Since that day, I’ve been pretty wary of everything that I’ve once found delicious, inevitably finding MSG or some other scary ingredient, including in precious dry ranch powder.
Not that I use dry ranch powder often, but it’s just so delicious. My sister made amazing flavored pretzels with them (recipe Friday!) that inspired my sweet mustard pretzels. It’s also great if you sprinkle it into a breading when faux frying, or even a pinch when my new recipe just isn’t working out quite right. I took a quick look around the internet and wasn’t happy with my options. Buttermilk powder? Weird. But I didn’t want to lose the flavor profile it added. My solution? My usual solution: nutritional yeast. It does give the slightest hint of a cheesy flavor, but that’s to be expected from a girl who was obsessed with Cheese Ranch growing up.