Ranch seasoning mix
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No ranch mix? No problem. You can blend it with the ingredients you already own. In a small hermetic container, add 2.5 tablespoons of onion flakes, a tablespoon of dry parsley, 1.5 teaspoons of garlic powder and two teaspoons of paprika, sugar, salt and black pepper. Shake until mixed and store in a cool, dry and dark place for up to a year. To turn it into a condiment, whisk the dry mix with a cup of mayonnaise and a cup of buttermilk or low-fat yogurt.
Blend of Italian herbs
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Do not worry about buying yet another spice tin. In a zip-lock bag, add six tablespoons of dried basil, three tablespoons of dried oregano, two tablespoons of dry parsley, two tablespoons of dried thyme and one teaspoon of dry garlic. Shake to mix, then store for up to three months. Here are another 40 smart ways to save at the supermarket.
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This versatile recipe can be made thinner (for soups) or thicker (for casseroles or soufflé bases). In a small saucepan, melt a tablespoon of butter over low heat. Add a tablespoon of flour and whisk for two or three minutes so that the mixture is smooth, not brown. Gradually mix in a cup of warm milk, then increase heat to medium, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, then add a pinch of white or black pepper. If it is necessary to chill the sauce until late, heat it with a double boiler. Do not lose these other 27 foods that you should never buy again.