This is the first of a 2-part post today since I've got two yummy recipes to share with you. But before I get to them I want to share with you one of my favourite reasons for eating local, in-season food. Of course, there are numerous reasons to do so: the food is much fresher, sometimes cheaper (though not always), often safer (less pesticides, chemicals and GMO's), better for the environment (less pollution transporting foods), and it helps the local economy. If you're growing some of your own food, it can also help you to become more self sufficient.
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These days, I admit that I make more frequent trips and not always to the same places. But I am really enjoying heading to the garden, or farmer's market, walking up and down the rows to see what's fresh and available, bringing them home and then saying "now what can I make with these?" It's kind of exciting to take what the Earth is giving, and then making delicious meals from those. "Shopping" in this way means taking a second look at something like a head of cabbage, which I normally would have passed right by in the grocery store. Because the truth is, cabbage in a garden looks much prettier than the harvested cabbage already in a grocery store. In the garden, heads of cabbage are protected by large outer leaves that make the whole think look like a big green rounded flower. In the store of course, those outer leaves have been removed and you're left with pale green round spheres. It's just not as appealing that way, in my opinion.
I've made a few modifications to the traditional coleslaw recipes I looked at. The main difference is that I swapped honey for the sugar in most recipes. I also added in freshly squeeze lime juice, dried cranberries, raisins, and chopped sweet pickles (all organic). I think the whole thing tastes awesome, but of course I have nothing to compare it to. I'd love for someone to try out this recipe and let me know what they think by leaving a comment below. How does it compare to other recipes you've tried?
Homemade Creamy Coleslaw
Makes a large bowl, enough to serve 6-8
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