Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Kitchen View

We have just finished celebrating the fourth of July! My family and I have enjoyed a carnival with heavy, indulgent fair food (cotton candy, lemon shake-up, fried potatoes, and corn dipped in way-to-much-butter - shared between the five of us), a symphony that we brought our own picnic to (bbq pork sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit skewers, jello stars, chips & cookies),  a baby shower for a friend, a parade, a graduation open house, an evening of games and fireworks with neighbors, and finally a bbq with some family and a few friends at our house yesterday! It's been a very full and very delightful few days. As I write this, the kids are settled into bed and probably won't know what hit them when our normal schedule goes back into effect. :) But this is what makes summer so delightful and fun.

It was so much fun to host the bbq. We've had enough going on that I've really missed entertaining lately. Our menu consisted of:

- Black Bean, Avacado Salsa & Tortilla chips (as an appetizer)
- Brats & Hotdogs (with an assortment of toppings)
- Baked Beans
- Savoy, Lime & Cilantro Coleslaw (recipe below)
- Bowtie Pasta Salad
- Blueberry Mixed Green Salad
- Salt & Vinegar Chips
(a personal favorite)
- Watermelon
- Brownies
- Lemon Bars
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Blueberry Cobbler
- and finally...Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice cream

Everyone pitched in and the food was wonderful! Really, just delicious. I love sharing food - I think it's alot of what cooking is all about for me...creating tasty food and enjoying it with others. (Happy Sigh!)

Anyway, I'm giving you a preview of our post for tomorrow! I made two recipe from the July issue of Food Network Magazine and decided to share one of them today. This slaw was so good! I decided I absolutely had to try it when I noticed that an almost identical recipe appeared in the July issue of Bon Apetit. So interesting that they feature the same slaw and now I know why - it's different and unique, very pretty, and completely delicious!

(Food Network Magazine, July 2010)
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1 head Savoy cabbage (I used napa)
4 scallions
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, torn
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 limes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Shave the cabbage with a sharp knife or mandoline so you have thin ribbons. Cut the scallions long and on the bias so you have pieces similar in shape to the cabbage. Toss the cabbage, scallions and cilantro in a large salad bowl.

Make the dressing by combining the sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar and the zest of the limes in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and finish with the juice of the limes. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! 


  1. I love to entertain, but I also struggle with finishing things up in the kitchen as people are arriving and keeping everything hot at the same time. Sounds like you had much success!

  2. Wish I could have joined in some of the celebrations!
    I think I'm going to try the slaw recipe. I actually have some napa cabbage in the fridge. The only ingredient I'll need to buy is cilantro (my plant didn't work out so well).