Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Grandma's Famous Slaw

I consider myself fortunate in that I still have both of my grandmas. No grandpas left to speak of, sadly, but the women in my family tend to live a loooonnnngggg time. My mother's mother lives in Stockton, and my father's mother moved from Modesto to Portland last year. (We'll be seeing her next week...)When she lived in Modesto, we used to go visit her a few times a year, and she would sometimes cook lunch for us. On one such visit in 1994, she served us dried out chicken and cole slaw. The chicken wasn't anything to write home about, unless the folks back home enjoy reading about dried out chicken, but the slaw was a winner. Ted said it's his favorite cole slaw recipe. It's not REALLY famous, except with us, but maybe if you all try it, it could become famous.

Saturday, I made lunch for Maya that was so pretty I had to take a picture of it...grilled cheese, sliced oranges, cole slaw, and orange/strawberry smoothie/juice. The picture reminded me of Grandma Wells' cole slaw, even though the cole slaw in the picture was made from one of those bagged packs that you can buy in the produce section, with broccoli and carrots in it. I know, I'm a weirdo for putting a picture of cole slaw that isn't even the slaw I'm talking about on this post, but the sooner you get over that, the better. Anyway, here is the recipe for Grandma Wells' cole slaw, which is VERY tasty. Thanks Grandma!
Grandma Wells' Cole Slaw
1 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 1/2 cups shredded white cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple, shredded (unpeeled, but cored)
Fruit Fresh to sprinkle on the apple
3/4 cup celery, minced
3/4 cup green onions, minced
1/2 cup slaw dressing
1 tsp mustard

"Several hours before serving, carefully combine all these to allow their flavors to blend most pleasingly."
It's interesting to me that she goes to all of the trouble to mince and shred, but still uses bottled slaw dressing. What gives this cole slaw a distinctive flavor, I think, is the green onion and the apple. Give it a try with your next bbq. Enjoy! :)

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