Let me start out by saying, I know coleslaw is a personal decision. Some folks like the creamy kind made with mayo or sour cream or whatever it is that makes it creamy. I can actually go for a nice bowl of creamy coleslaw every once in while, especially if it has those little caraway seeds in it. Yum.
However, most of the time I am in the non-creamy coleslaw camp. I like the kind that is a little bit vinegary-sharp, a little bit sweet, and with just the right balance of cabbage and carrots. And the Southern husband…well, don’t even TRY to sneak any creamy coleslaw by him. He’s definitely a tangy coleslaw guy. It might be the boots…who knows.
Side note: this picture is not mine…it was shot by the teenager. She had a photography assignment where she had to shoot people’s feet in some way that represented who they are. She wanted to shoot her dad in his boots, which I thought was very appropriate. Then she got to me.
She also photographed my in my sneakers next to a laundry basket. Hmm.
Anyway, back to the coleslaw. I never seem to make coleslaw in the winter…I must have some subconscious rule in my head that coleslaw can only be made when it is above 70 degrees outside. And every year when coleslaw season rolls around, I have managed to lose whatever recipe I found the year before for non-creamy coleslaw. This year I found it again, and figured if I just put it up on the blog, at least next year the search would be a little faster.
This recipe is from the always fabulous folks at Cooks Illustrated, and as always the recipe itself makes you scratch your head a little when you first read it (put the cabbage in the microwave? Really??) but as always, it comes out perfectly. Trust me. So here it is…the only coleslaw recipe you will need all summer. And if you come back in a couple of days for my next post, I’ll be showing you something pretty dang good that you can do with it.
Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw, from Cooks Illustrated