side dishes elude me

it always ends up side salad this, some form of potato that, and during the summer my all time favorite: grilled corn on the cob. so when i run across something that’s different, well, it’s a good thing for my menu board that’s sick of potatoes and corn, and for our taste buds. Bon Appetit ran a recipe for this utterly delightful and fresh tasting cole slaw (and i am most certainly not a coleslaw fan) but the absence of a too-sugary pile of gloopy, droopy cabbage in favor of crisp cabbage, lime juice, and the bite of chopped chile’s sold me on the idea. this just tastes like summer should.

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Coleslaw
recipe from Bon Appetit (the issue with the Caveman Porterhouse on the cover. I swear to Christmas, if I had a charcoal grill I’d be all over that steak…)

You Need:

cabbage, sliced
sliced scallions (ours came from our garden!)
diced serrano or jalapeno
chopped cilantro
juice and zest of a lime (well I used 2 limes)
garlic cloves, minced (yes i minced fresh ones this time. yes i AM awesome. thanks for noticing)
a few glops of mayonnaise
a few glops of sour cream

in a bowl, stir together the mayo and sour cream. add in the chopped chile, lime zest and juice, and cilantro. salt and pepper to season. toss the cabbage and scallions together. dump in the mayo-sour cream mixture and toss with the cabbage, etc. to coat it evenly. refrigerate while you prepare whatever you’re eating with the slaw. we accompanied ours with beer brats boiled in beer, then grilled, set in deli hot dog buns with mustard and sauerkraut on top. and half a corn on the cob each. hehe.

Garden Update: we’ve harvested most of our radishes (they’re delicious) and we pulled a bunch of spinach and green onions. i foresee tons of onions, many potatoes, peas, green beans, and a few carrots in our future. the cilantro that’s not in the planter box but in the ground is growing very well and i found out that my thyme is not growing because my cat is eating it. we’ve caught him walking up to the planters and chowing down on the small bits of thyme there twice now. since when do cats eat thyme, honestly?

spinach, radishes and green onions

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2 responses to “side dishes elude me

  1. amanda

    GOD i want that porterhouse too, but we can’t grill in the new apartment except down by the pool when EVERYONE ELSE IN CREATION is using the big grill.

    that slaw looks quite tasty. so do your yummy garden veggies; i miss having a house already because of the summer garden. what are you going to do with your radishes? salads? slaws?

  2. rebekah

    i want to get naked with that steak. is that wrong? it’s so wrong.

    you don’t have a porch or anything where you could store a small grill or one of those little hibachi thingys?? i can’t imagine life without a grill 0_0 honestly.

    i’ve already used the radishes in chimol, in salads and as taco toppings (and in sandwiches for erik – he likes slices of radishes lightly salted stuffed between two pieces of bread). we are going to try doing asian pickles with them and bread and butter type radish pickles, and i found a recipe for braised radishes that looks intriguing enough for me to try it out.

    http://www.artandlemons.com/2010/07/braised-radishes.html

    also, this:

    http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/raw-corn-and-radish-salad-with-spicy-lime-dressing

    i did brined pork chops on the grill tonight and topped them with cabbage and sliced radishes, etc. long story short: there’s a surprising amount of things you can do with these little red beauties.

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