What a month it’s been! The past two weeks I’ve been working several ten to twelve hour days for my regular job, plus teaching four cooking classes. Oh and let’s not forget the birthday parties, potlucks, family events and fundraisers. I’m lucky if I have enough energy to take a shower before I crawl into bed. I’m sure you’ve all had a time in your life where you feel like you’re doing a frantic dog paddle just to keep your head above water. So when you suddenly realize that in four hours you’re supposed to bring a salad to share for a potluck filled with people who have various dietary needs, you need a recipe that can be thrown together quickly with very little work. For me, this coleslaw is that recipe.The family event we were attending had people with diabetes, lactose and/or gluten intolerance, and vegetarians. This meant no creamy or mayonnaise dressings, and no honey or sugar in the dressing. It of course meant no bacon, an easy way to boost flavor in salads. But the hardest part for me was that winter just ended and it’s not really salad season yet, which makes it hard to put together a tasty one for twenty or more people on a budget.
We’ve been getting a lot of rhubarb in our CSA, which is great because I love its tartness, it’s like a confused little produce item that can’t decide if it’s a vegetable or a fruit. It’s the bridge between cold weather and harvest time that makes me feel like I can wait for local produce without getting scurvy (okay no I’m actually not worried about scurvy but it makes rhubarb even more fun to think it’s staving it off!). Sometimes I just suck on a little piece to feel my face pucker up involuntarily. With our first batch I made a rhubarb cherry skillet pie. Oh man was it good. But I wanted to start making something that could last, so I decided on jam which I can can (yes I said can can on purpose) and enjoy throughout the next year. Besides with pie I have to eat it all that day before it spoils, wait, pie doesn’t spoil in 24 hours? Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it 😉