I really like cole slaw, treating it like a condiment most of the Spring and Summer. And because of that, it falls into the category of dishes I never make quite the same way every time. So I’m going to take a different approach this time, because I just can’t seem to get myself to write down anything exact here. And that’s something you want to be comfortable with as a cook, right? Using your God-given senses and creativity to guide you.
You’ll note that I use bagged slaw. Yeah, there’s just some things that make sense to buy prepared, and if you can get it on sale ($1 a 16oz bag), why not? Also, I like to have a little tartness to my slaw, because the acidity is a nice contrast to the sweetness of a barbeque too.
A few notes: If you decide to use Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise, you may want to cut back the sugar by half. And the Dijon mustard, while optional, adds a little bit of zest. I’ve personally witnessed cole slaw with bits of pineapple in it. I have nothing positive to say about that experience.
I strive to start my kid’s day with a hearty breakfast, a high calorie love note to send them on their way to school or at least give me a few hour’s respite from the kitchen. But it takes creaticity – breakfast cereal is not nutritious enough (my opinion) and frankly some mornings I just can’t get myself to do a pop-up Cracker Barrel-style spread.
What we have agreed upon is smoothies, chock-full of frozen fruit, yogurt, sometimes wheatgerm and honey. I chuckle inwardly, knowing they have little inkling how good it is for them. Still, I try to put eggs or waffles alongside. Recently I dusted off a recipe I had tried a few years ago and realized it was a pretty good compliment to the smoothie, while adding a novelty bent to breakfast.
There is some work involved here, but the payoff is a great tasting cookie that, when paired with a smoothie or glass of milk leaves you feeling the good and the kids thinking they’ve scored!
It's tempting to eat them all in a week, but don't! Freeze between sheets of waxed paper and dole out sparingly. You're family will think you've lost your marbles the first time you offer them. They'll quickly get over any misgivings when they get a taste!
Like cheesecake and excuses, this is something I like to make but rarely partake in. I don’t like bananas but my kids (and most of the population) do. The chocolate chips add a little surprise that keeps them coming back for more. This bread tastes even better if stored in the fridge.
I'll typically double the recipe and bake a regular size loaf and then a dozen mini loaves. This way there is something for everyone to enjoy together without the risk of the family getting tired of it and wasting half a loaf. And the mini loaves are just the right size for gifting or taking to work/school.