Creamy Summer Coleslaw

I know things have been slow around here since I returned from my trip, but I've been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we've been having. I have a hard time spending my time in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove when I could be outside eating popsicles and running through the sprinkler with my son. What can I say, even at the ripe old age of 31 I'm still a kid at heart. Besides, who doesn't love a good popsicle on a hot summer day? Hopefully over the next week or so I can catch up, I have some wonderful summertime recipes to share with you and today's recipe just happens to be one of them.

I tend to make a ton of coleslaw this time of year, it's my go-to side whenever we're invited to a summer pot luck or have a backyard BBQ. This version has the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and crunchy making it a favorite with all of our friends. If you're looking for something quick and easy to throw together then this is your dish. It comes together in a snap, but keep in mind that it is best when refrigerated overnight. 

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Coleslaw
makes approximately 6 servings

1 16oz package classic coleslaw mix
¼ small yellow onion, finely minced
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • In a large bowl combine sugar, buttermilk, mayonnaise, rice vinegar, lemon juice, kosher salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  • Finely mince the onion before adding it to the coleslaw mix. Top with dressing and stir well to combine.
  • Coleslaw is best when made in advance so the flavors of the dressing have time to blend together so make sure to refrigerate this dish overnight.

Honey Glazed Carrots

Easter will be here in a few short days. I don't know about you, but I'm still working on the menu for our holiday meal. This year I've decided to keep things simple, which is why these honey glazed carrots are absolutely perfect. With only a small handful of ingredients needed for the recipe they come together in no time at all, which means I can spend less time in the kitchen cooking and more time enjoying the day with my family. If you're still looking for an easy side dish to round out your holiday feast, then give these delicious carrots a try.

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Honey Glazed Carrots
serves 4 - 6

Ingredients:

½ Cup water
1 pound baby carrots
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ginger, ground
½ teaspoon dried parsley

Directions:

  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat melt butter, add water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, then add carrots and cook for 6 - 8 minutes.
  • Add honey, sea salt, dried parsley and ginger then continue to cook for an additional 4 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to coat the carrots in glaze. Once carrots are fork tender remove from heat and serve immediately.

Notes:

These carrots are best when served immediately, but you can make them several hours in advance then reheat them just before serving.

Easter 2014 Menu and a Visit from the Easter Beagle

Easter is almost here, which means it's time for me to dust off my copy of It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown so I can watch it with my son. After that we pack our suitcases and get ready for the long road trip back home to visit with friends and family. Unfortunately this year we've had a last minute change of plans, we'll still curl up on the couch and watch our traditional holiday movie, but we won't be making the trip home. This is only the second time I've found myself in charge of Easter, so I don't have a pre-planned menu to fall back on. We'll be having ham garnished with pineapple and maraschino cherries as well as some lighter side dishes full of fresh veggies. If you're still looking for something light and simple to help round out your holiday meal, make sure you check out the side dishes below and don't forget about our fabulous Lemon Meringue Pie for dessert.

Easter Side Dishes

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Honey Glazed Carrots

Classic Side Dishes 

Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and MushroomsSpicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Dessert
Lemon Meringue Pie

Something Fun for the Easter Basket

Baby Bunny Chocolate Pretzels