Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oh My My and My Mom's Secret Cole Slaw Recipe


Oh my my. 



 My head is in a tizzy and my mom's secret recipe is no longer a secret. But then if you read the last post her ice cream habits are not either! What isn't a secret is that Alex is finally off to China. After two years of working hard, he has finally flown away. For a brief 15 minutes we worried that he wouldn't make his flight leaving from Denver, as Southwest had cancelled flights last night due to heavy storms. At 5AM this morning the lines were incredible, but due to Manservant's savvy in negotiating lines at airports, Alex managed to check his bags and make his flight. Currently, he is over the ocean on his way to Hong Kong with his final stop in Shanghai. I think he knows his way.



He is not taking the "Odesmobile".


He is not taking a boat.



Oh my my. I can still boogie if I try.

How long he will be gone is anybody's guess but he is hoping it will be for an "extended period". I am not good with the word, "extended period". I like dates and times and conclusions. But Alex's life just has chapters and that suits him fine. It actually is OK with me, but I am not good with open books especially when I don't have a date that I will see him next. And therein is the quandry with the word "extended period". I am sure I will see him several times during the "extended period", but not knowing when is my dilemma. Oh my my.

Before Odie San left Vail he threw himself a party. An oyster party. I have never seen a 23 year old throw himself an oyster party, but this was the photo he posted on Facebook. 



I wish I would have gotten some photo tips from him. Yes, my boy likes to go out with style. He certainly did not learn how to eat oysters from me, as I am not an oyster eater. He did leave some for Manservant in his Odie ice chest, that I hope are still alive and that I can throw on the grill tonight.  That means I must open the ice chest to check to see if they are still alive, and I am a bit leery of what I might find! Oh my my.

My intention was to give you this fabulous cole slaw recipe before said boy arrived home with his other home in his car. That home is now spread through out THE HOME, and to say I have been distracted since 4th of July is not an understatement; which is why this secret cole slaw recipe has been secret since then. Well, really since way before then, but you wouldn't know that would you? Oh my my.

And so it is. Off he goes, as the world still spins. Babies are born. Missiles land. Parents move. Daughters get interviews.  And life goes on. Chapter by chapter. Oh my my. Please pass the cole slaw.


Note: My mom made this cole slaw - a lot! She always used purple cabbage for as long as I can remember. She sometime used too much celery seed, but that is up to you to determine. People loved her cole slaw. My mother in law requested this recipe some 32 years ago. Here it is, Maw. Enjoy.

This keeps its crunch for at least a few days in the fridge.It seems like a lot of sugar and it is, but in my opinion is not too sweet. It is great on a hot dog. It is great next to fried chicken. Or next to corn on the cob. It is great in a boat or on a plane. In a car or on a bus. Oh my my. You can boogie if you try!



Mom's Secret Cole Slaw
Serves 10-12
Time: About 15 minutes
Ingredients:
1 large head shredded, purple or green cabbage (Buy in a bag or grate your own. Mom  used to chop it in the food processor.)
1 large chopped onion
1 c sugar

Dressing Ingredients:
1 c apple cider vinegar
3/4 c salad oil (I used canola)
2 T sugar
1 t celery seed or to taste
2 t dry mustard
1 t salt

Pour sugar over cabbage and onion and mix well. Let stand while you make the dressing. Bring dressing ingredients to a boil and boil for one minute. Pour over cabbage mixture and stir well. Let marinate for several hours before serving - or not. This tasted great even within an hour! Oh my my!


Other Salads to try:
Kale Salad with Cherries, Almonds and Feta
Farro Summer Salad with Grilled Vegetables
Kohlrabi, Fennel, Cabbage Salad with Lemon Maple Dressing
Spinach Salad with Za'atar, Dates and Almonds
Macho Salad



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27 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing! I have never made coleslaw before, but I am definitely wanting to try soon!

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    1. Hey Cathleen! This is unique! And it has no mayo!

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  2. Celery seed is so great in coleslaw, isn't it? Hard to overdo it IMO. This looks great -- I don't usually use much (if any) sugar in coleslaw, but I can taste this, figuratively speaking of course, and I'll bet it's good. Hope Alex has a wonderful next chapter. You've always wanted to visit China, yes? I'd start looking for a date for your first trip there . . . :-)

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    1. Have always wanted to visit China. We are hoping October, but we'll see what happens. In the 7 years that Manservant practically lived there, never made it over. This cole slaw, IMO, is a bit like a sweet relish, but really good. Except when my mom used to dump a lot of celery seed into it. I like just a touch!

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  3. What an adventure! I sure hope that this extended trip for your son means that you will travel to fun places to visit him! In the mean time I think your coleslaw could be a highlight at any summer dinner. Looking forward to trying it.

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    1. Thanks Holly! It is an adventure and he is excited! Definitely hoping to visit!

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  4. This looks really good and I think it'll go great on a burger too. Imagine green lettuce, purple cabbage, tomatoes, a slab of meat, maybe an egg..am I right?

    I'm pretty sure Alex misses his mom a lot too. I wish him the best but I'm not ecstatic that he's going so far away because I feel for you, Abbe xoXXOO

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    1. It would be great on a burger, Sharon! I'm sure he misses me, but this is something he has always wanted to do. And he's doing it on his terms! This might mean visiting your neck of the woods!

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    2. Omigosh...yes! Imagine all the food he'll get to try and cooking ingredients he'll come across ........I feel excited for Alex already..lol!

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  5. Love coleslaw! I find it taste the BEST second day.
    All the best to Alex's adventure in Shanghai!

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    1. And this one tastes great on the second day! Thanks, Angie. Thoughts are appreciated!

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  6. Wow, exciting travels for your son!! I know you will miss him, but such are the chapters of our lives when our kids grow up.

    I had to do a double take on the 1 cup of sugar - I may reduce that when I make it to make it lower carb, but I loves me some cole slaw!

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  7. It is A Lot of sugar! But this is for a lot of cabbage. I do think it would be OK without so much sugar. I actually couldn't believe it when I made it. Took me thirty some years to do this! Was I surprised!

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  8. This coleslaw looks all kinds of awesome. I mean look at that color, it's absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Purple is beautiful, Pamela! do you grow them? Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Oh my my, I would not do well with not knowing when I'd see my son again. But I have so much respect for your son going out there and living his life to its fullest. And that coleslaw? Oh, my my!

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    1. It is tough, but we've already heard from him and he is on his way to class. He wants to perfect his Chinese, so he thought he would take a refresher. After that he hopes to find a real job whatever that means!

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  10. What a delicious coleslaw recipe, it looks full of flavour and the colour is gorgeous!
    Good luck to Alex, omg it is going to be awesome!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. great recipe! love a good coleslaw... thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much Thalia! It is delicious and thanks for visiting, too!

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  12. Like the recipe, sounds and looks delicious Abbe...thanks for sharing your mom recipe!
    Hope you are having a great week :D

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  13. It sounds perfect, Abbe! My mom always used celery seed, too, so it's a must in my cole slaw. Alex will have the adventure of a lifetime, but I know that you must worry with him being SO far away. But you have all his "stuff" to keep you company in case you miss him ;)

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  14. Oh Abbe - on everything. Your son moving on to the next great adventure, not knowing the next time you can give him a squeeze - my heart hurts for you! Women are strong wonderful creatures - how could we NOT be? Love the slaw too - and hope your secret is well loved. Beautiful post :)

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  15. What a unique slaw. I'm eager to give it a try. I hope the China visit is a huge success and extended isn't too long. :)

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  16. Hi Abbe, thanks for sharing your mom's slaw recipe, looks wonderful. When my son moved I went out and picked up my sweet chocolate lab Olive, she helped me through.

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  17. I'm impressed about that oyster party Abbe. And thanks for sharing your Mom's secret recipe. I really like the addition of dry mustard. I don't think I've every made a non-mayo based cole slaw. I look forward to giving it a try. Pinned

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