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Cole Slaw

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As you know, it has been pretty warm here in Iowa so my oven is getting a little break from its usual workout. The grill on the other hand… well it is making up for a long winter hibernation. With all these steaks, burgers and other great grill treats you need some veggies and sides. Enter cole slaw. I know, I know, who makes cole slaw at home? I do! And being rather picky in the field of cole slaw that is no small thing. Cole slaw, like mashed potatoes, must be just so or it isn’t even worth my time.

This recipe is “supposedly” the same recipe as KFC. It tastes similar, in fact, I would argue better. But you decide. Just a couple of things: If you are lazy like me you might just buy bagged cabbage and carrots. If you do that, it is about two bags of cole slaw “mix” for this recipe. Also, this recipe gets better with time so keep that in mind when planning when to serve it.

Cole Slaw

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups finely grated cabbage (about 1 head)
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots (about 1 carrot)

Combine chopped cabbage and carrots in large bowl. Mix together mayo, sugar, milk, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour over cabbage and carrots. Toss until coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


Stuffed Mushrooms

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Every time I turn around “they” have changed their minds about what is good for you and what is bad for you. For instance, the poor egg probably has whiplash from being a good guy, then a bad guy, and now a good guy again. Mushrooms are no different. Apparently, they are good for you now. Well, you know me. I can take anything healthy and make it more delicious and deadly. Like stuffing a perfectly healthy mushroom with cream cheese and bacon. Don’t get proud, you know it sounds amazing. And it is. I had some leftover bacon from breakfast earlier in the week and white button mushrooms were on sale at the grocery store. Hello, stuffed mushrooms!

This is a made-up-as-I-go recipe so feel free to tweak as you feel necessary. As with all cooking, the baking time is an approximation… trust your nose! Also, do NOT wash your mushrooms. I know that sounds strange and even a little dirty but wet mushrooms=soggy mushrooms. Just wipe them off with a damp towel.

Stuffed mushrooms


  • Mushrooms (I buy the prepackaged white button mushrooms)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • bacon, cooked (set some aside when you make bacon for another purpose, I used about 3-4 slices)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste

Wipe mushrooms with a damp towel. Carefully remove their stems. Process cream cheese, bacon and garlic in food processor. Add salt and pepper as desired. Fill each mushroom with a generous amount of cream cheese mixture. Bake until browned, about 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees.