Some of you mentioned how much you would love to try the red velvet pancakes and waffles, but didn’t have the ingredients on hand. The red food color can be duplicated with a little beet juice (healthier way to do it too), or omitted altogether – which will not effect the flavor, just the color.

Red Velvet Pancakes & Waffles

Most of you will have flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa in your pantry, and eggs in your fridge. The one ingredient you might not have readily available is buttermilk, but did you know you can easily make your own? I remember my Auntie Vera doing this to whip up buttermilk pancakes as a child, but I’d never tried

Auntie Vera's Buttermilk Pancakes & Waffles

it myself. I put it to the test at a clients’ house recently when I decided to make him some homemade ranch dressing at the last minute. All you have to do is pour a cup of milk into a jug, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice (any kind of acid should work), stir well and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

BTW, I’ll never use store bought ranch dressing again! It is SO easy and yummy to make your own. What are your favorite buttermilk recipes?

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup mayonnaise (store bought or homemade – I use light mayonnaise to cut calories)
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pinch cayenne (optional)

Directions:

Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate. This should last 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve tossed into green salads, or as a dip for crudites or for buffalo wings.

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