Maybe I am jumping the gun a little bit…But I am so happy that it is OFFICIALLY SPRING! My sweet daughter has reminded me that this means that I need to dust off the picnic basket and get it ready for an outing. Right now the family and I are in Florida on Spring Break so the weather is great for a picnic. I have 2 easy take along dishes.
Anytime we go on a picnic I am always careful to prepare things that do not need tons of refrigeration. So, when making a slaw I like to go with a non mayo based recipe. My son is a HUGE fan of the Herman’s Slaw that they serve at Louie’s. He cannot get enough of the stuff. So I have made it a personal project to figure this recipe out….So here is my version of this Oklahoma classic vinegar based slaw!
- 1 head cabbage, thinly sliced
- 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced (sweet is best)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 2 bottles of sliced pimentos
- Thinly slice cabbage & onions. Cover with 1/2 cup of sugar. Toss together and set aside for about one hour. Boil vinegar, 2 Tbsp sugar, mustard, salt, and celery seed; pour over cabbage while hot. Add grated diced pimientos. Add garlic & salad oil. Let set 24 hours; serve cold. If it is too tart add more sugar to taste. Refrigerate for in an airtight plastic container. This keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
After a great main course every great picnic needs dessert! Here is my solution to all of the fabulous berries. How about a trifle. Actually I became an expert at trifles. This is because I am horrible at cooking pound cakes. Mine fall. They are not moist. In the past that used to make me super upset…but that was before I had found the glory of the trifle! So, if you are pound cake challenged….Here is a dessert to your rescue!
- 2 quarts strawberries, trimmed and thick sliced
- 1 quart blueberries
- 1 quart raspberries
- 1 pound cake, sliced and cubed
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding, prepared
- 2 cups whipping cream, whipped
- 1 container of Philly Indulgence white chocolate (it is in the cream cheese section of grocery)
- Combine prepared pudding and white chocolate cream cheese in bowl. Mix with an electric hand mixer just till combined. Fold in whipping cream.
- In a large glass bowl (pretty) or other bowl place cover bottom with 1/3 of cubed pound cake, then 1/3 of berries, top with 1/3 of pudding/cream mixture. Continue to top and then end with berries! Refrigerate till ready to serve.