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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Martha's Disciplined Cole Slaw

I like cole slaw, so I made some today.

I'll give you my favorite recipe, so you can like cole slaw too.

First, the background. I am definitely a vinaigrette dressing boy when it comes to cole slaw. Creamy cole slaw does nothing for me, besides cause indigestion.

After much research last summer, the closest thing I could find to a recipe I might like was on, of all places. Although close to acceptable, her recipe requires champagne vinegar and coarse sea salt. I wanted to give Martha a chance, until I realized that no one near me sells champagne vinegar (that's really an accomplishment since aI live a couple of blocks from Whole Foods). I recall reading an article in Cooks Magazine where their experts couldn't differentiate between posh sea salt and cheap table salt in dressings and cooked dishes. Martha was showing a lack of discipline.

I took Martha's recipe, and gave it some much needed discipline. I made that Girlie-man of a recipe beg for mercy. I guarantee this cole slaw will not run crying to its mommy at the sight of a playground bully. But seriously, folks, the recipe is is delicious.

Martha's Disciplined Cole Slaw


1/2 cup red wine vinegar
6 Tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt

Whisk the dressing ingredients together.

Thinly slice

1 head of cabbage


1 grated carrot

Toss and let sit covered and refrigerated for at least 5 hours or overnight.

I like cole slaw and this is easier than Emo Phillip's recipe.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I never met a cabbage recipe I didn't like. Your's sounds good. Lately I've been doing a version where I add well drained crushed pineapple and chopped fresh ginger, and use lime juice, rice wine vinegar, honey and little sweet curry in the dressing.

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