Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fresh, colorful and full of flavor...

After the brownies yesterday, we thought it be best we kept tonight's dinner leaning more towards the lighter side. To start us off, I made a side of Broccoli, Cranberry, and Apple Slaw. This combination of broccoli slaw (which is a mixture shredded broccoli, cabbage, carrots and cauliflower), sliced granny smith apples, dried cranberries and toasted pecans should be made ahead of time so it has plenty of time to marinate with the dressing. Sweet and tangy, the dressing consists of rice vinegar, sugar, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and cracked pepper. With a plethora of vibrant colors, this salad was very fresh and light with a satisfying crunchy texture... we liked this so much I will probably end up making it again before the week is over!

For a different and fun twist to tonight's dinner, I also made some Cornmeal-Carrot Skillet Cakes. These involve mixing shredded carrots with a savory thick pancake-like batter. Mild green onions, sharp cheddar and cornmeal each bring a unique flavor that marry together very well. As they cook in the skillet, the cheese begins to melt and stays a little gooey in the center, but helps the outside get a nice golden crisp crust. A little puffy, these cheesy little cakes end up being just bigger than silver dollar sized. These are perfect for a quick weeknight meal as they come together in a snap and only take a few minutes per side to cook.


  1. I had my eye on that broccoli slaw! Glad to see your review, it is on my list to try this week!

  2. Those skillet cakes look incredible

  3. Both of these recipes look fabulous. And I always have the ingredients for the skillet cakes on hand. I made your cinnamon bread today - and want to eat the whole loaf in one sitting!

  4. Still dreaming of those brownies :)

  5. Wow that brocolli slaw is just my type of thing! And your picture makes me think its lovelier than I imagine. Will try it this weekend. :)

  6. Chumly - Thanks!

    Ana - Did you try it?

    Wheresmymind - Thanks!

    Cyndi - I love cinnamon bread!

    Christine - Hope you like it!