Thursday, May 20, 2010

Southwestern Slaw

Tis the season for rummage sales.  I love to go rummaging but don't take the time to go nearly enough anymore.  I used to go quite often when my kids were little.  I would come home with bags of toys, clothes, sporting goods etc. for the family for only a few dollars.  It was very rewarding!!!  To think you could acquire all of this for little money.  That was important then as I was a stay at home mom raising 4 kids.  I still love rummage saling but don't take the time to go very often anymore, although I would love to.  Once or twice a year my husband and I will take a day and rummage.  We each get an allowance to spend that day (to keep us from over-doing).  We go out to lunch and generally just enjoy the day.  Well last Saturday was a day that we did that.  The weather was beautiful!!  There was a city-wide sale that provided plenty of goods to choose from.  My weakness is always kitchen gadgets and books.  I can't pass them up.  I always have to stop and take a look.  Well, again as usual I came home with a recipe book that I am quite excited about.  That book is "The Dinner Doctor" by Anne Byrn.  She has many ideas and tips that she shares in this great book.  I have been browsing through that almost 3" thick book to choose recipes to try.  One that I tried last night I liked quite well and will mark it to make again.  Here it is:

Southwestern Slaw

1 16 oz. pkg. coleslaw mix
1/2 c.  finely chopped red onion
1/2 c. ranch  salad dressing
1 t. ground cumin
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
Creole seasoning or salt
black pepper
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Place coleslaw mix and onion in a serving bowl and stir to combine.  Stir the cumin into ranch dressing and pour over the cabbage mixture stirring to combine all.  Add salt  to taste. (At this point I put in frig. to marry flavors until dinner, about 2 hours). At serving time I folded in the avocado cubes and sprinkled the top with cilantro.  I didn't have Creole seasoning so I didn't use that.