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slaw: two ways August 3, 2010

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Over the last 3-4 weeks, we have had a lot of cabbage around the house. Its been coming like gangbusters in our CSA box which is actually sort of nice because it spoils less quickly than some of the other greens.

For a get together at our place a couple of weeks ago, D asked me to make a slaw to go with some grilled meats and veggie kabobs that we’d be serving. I made use of the green cabbage that our CSA box had delivered, baby fennel (also from the CSA), along with carrots, broccoli (leftover from kabobs), and walla walla sweet onions. I knew I wanted to find a new yogurt based dressing option for a couple of reasons. I don’t really like mayo, firstly. Also, its always nice to cut a few calories where you can and explore some lighter textures that you might not always see with typical southern cole slaw I had seen Giada make Perfectly Crunchy Slaw on her show a month back, so decided to start with that recipe.

Fresh, summery ingredients

Crunchy Yogurt Dressed Slaw

Adapted from Giada De Laurentis Perfectly Crunchy Slaw


1/2 green cabbage, shredded, about 2 cups

2 medium carrots, peeled and grated/sliced (in food processor)

1/2 sweet onion, sliced

2-3 baby fennel bulbs, thinly sliced, about 1/2 cup

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt

2 tablespoons sour cream

 3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Use a food processor with slicing blade to shred cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and sweet onion (this takes literally 4 minutes, its awesome). Baby Fennel will need to be chopped by hand.

In a large bowl, mix together the cabbages, carrots, fennel, endive, cranberries and pine nuts. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, sour cream, honey, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss well until coated.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.


Light, crunchy: summer in a bowl (and vitamins too!)

Then, last week our book club continued our summer tradition of picking a book on food writing (complete with recipes), then having a potluck dinner of different flavors. We read David Lebovitz’s Sweet Life in Paris. Once I stumbled upon Peanut Slaw i knew i had my recipe. I love love LOVE peanut sauce in all forms and i LOVE slaw, so it was the perfect combination. This is a delicious different spin on cole slaw, but its a really nice change of pace and its tangy and wonderful. (Note: this recipe isn’t very photogenic, so I didn’t bother, ha! I mean, its cabbage doused in peanut dressing, and it looks pretty much like you’d imagine. But make it. Despite its appearance, its delicious. I had it twice this week). David Lebovitz is primarily a pastry chef, but you can find more of his recipes including savory ones here.

Peanut Slaw

David Lebovitz


1/4 c. smooth peanut butter (I used crunchy, i know, maverick)

1 garlic clover, peeled and finely chopped

2 tbsp peanut oil

3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp water

1/2 c. roasted, unsalted peanuts

1 small bunch radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced

1 carrot, peeled and shredded

1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro, chopped

6 cups green or red cabbage (DL cautions against using napa cabbage whose leaves are thin and will wilt quickly with the acidic dressing)

Coarse Salt


In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, garlic, peanut oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and water until smooth.

Toss in the peanuts, radishes, carrot, parsley, and cabbage, mixing until everythings coated. Taste, then add a bit of salt and another squeeze of lime, if necessary.

Make these both! They’re a great way to incorporate veggies into a side in a simple fresh and delicious way.


a book club round up July 21, 2009

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house projects and trips (more on those later, gators) aside… we have been busy!

This should be the beginning of a monthly posting all about book club.  See, our book club was started and is still executed by this fellow blogger.  (she is quite awesome if you don’t know her, and she has the most adorable baby boy.)   Every month we read a different book and then meet on the third or fourth Thursday to discuss it.  We try to alternate the book selection and topics.  Some have been less then grand… but it is the others that have been oh-so-fun!  (the books that is, the company is always grand!  Book club is the perfect way to see the girls, catch up, and really spend some great times together.)

This month was one of those oh-so-funs. 

At B and my’s recommendation, our book club read A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg.  B and I had both read it already and loved loved it.  You see, I can’t remember how or when, But I have been reading Molly’s blog Orangette for years.  Pre Seattle.  I don’t know how I found it, maybe a recipe search, or something, but I have been hooked for a while.  I love food, I love cooking it (when i have tons of time and a quiet kitchen that is), I love taking pictures of it.  When the book came out earlier this year we were very excited and headed to one of Orangette’s book readings.   It was at the UW book store and she made her chocolate macaroons for everyone there.  🙂  Her signature is in my book.  Since the first reading, B and I have been happily clearing Third Place Books out of in stock copies to give away to friends and family members, knowing they might fall in love with this book like we have.

now onto the book-club fun…  instead of just talking this month, we thought,  why not eat too?  You see, this book is a collection of short stories from the author’s life which all contain food or memories associated with food.  each short story is accompanied by a recipe.  Everyone picked a different one to try and we had a grand feast.  (plus, for those out there doing book clubs on weeknights with people coming straight from work, this is awesome.)

So delicious, in fact, I desire pot luck book club every month!

What did we bring you ask?  I took some photos of one dish, which was incredible!

It was the Banana-Ginger-Chocolate Bread.  YUMYUMYUM.  (a version of the recipe can be found here, although it is slightly different in the book.)


With the bread, and ingredients for a delicious salad in tow, we headed to book club.  I have to say, this was my favorite book club in the two years we have had it.  Just that fun!

(the salad btw was the goat cheese, arugula, cherry and bread salad.  we picked the cherries at a friend’s tree one day not-so-long ago.)

Everything was delicious, especially fellow blogger’s meatballs!  It was nice to have a glass of wine, and talk about our favorite stories and foods.  yum!  here it is, in pictures!food2

(you can also read more about book club here.  YUM!

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