Last Sunday was not the last word on coleslaw, which is derived from two Dutch words, kool for cabbage and sla for salad — or “koolsla.” Apparently many of you prefer slaw without mayonnaise or dairy products, as more recipes trickled in.

Sharon Cook of Charleston writes, “This is a recipe that my mother and I got from some special ladies at Hibben United Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant back in 1973.”

She continues, “The original recipe had more sugar, less vinegar and no carrots but my mom and I tweaked it over the years. We often use a mix of green and purple cabbage as well. A small jar of diced pimientos can be substituted for the red pepper.”

Serves 8-10


1 large cabbage, shredded

1 pound carrots, shredded

1 medium mild onion, finely chopped (yellow or red will do)

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons mustard seed

2 teaspoons celery seed

1 teaspoon turmeric

2 teaspoons sea salt


Place cabbage, carrots, onion and peppers in large plastic container with lid. Combine vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, turmeric and salt in 4-quart pot on stovetop over medium high heat; bring to a boil and let boil for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Pour over vegetables in plastic container, and mix well. Allow to marinate at least 24 hours before serving.

Slaw can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Excess liquid can be drained away prior to serving.

Also thanks to Karol Gobel of James Island.

Another order of business is correcting the amount of sugar in a recipe from last week.

Serves 4-6


1 medium head cabbage, shredded

1 teaspoon salt

1 carrot, grated

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon whole mustard seed

1 teaspoon celery seed

¾ cup sugar


Mix salt with cabbage and let stand to drain in colander for 1 hour. Squeeze out excess water and mix with carrot and bell pepper.

For dressing, mix remaining ingredients in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, let cool to lukewarm and pour over cabbage mixture. Mix well.

The comic strip and cartoon character Popeye the Sailorman once was synonymous with spinach in American culture. He was proof that spinach gives you swagger and big muscles.

But this is no joke. It’s been reported that spinach consumption markedly increased during the 1930s as Popeye’s fame grew. In 2010, a study showed that children who watched Popeye cartoons subsequently ate more vegetables.

So maybe we don’t need laws restricting or banning bad-for-you foods, just more Popeyes out there.

A recent request was made for easy, healthy recipes for spinach.

Well, it doesn’t get any better for you than a recipe sent by Mary Larry of Charleston. The recipe is found in the “Popular Greek Recipes” cookbook, a product of our local Greek community and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Yields 4 servings


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon chopped onions

2 (10-ounce) packages fresh spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained

Salt and pepper to taste

Juice of ½ lemon


Heat oil in skillet. Add garlic and onions. Stir for 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes until wilted and liquid is absorbed. Add salt and pepper. Stir in lemon juice and toss to blend.

Mary also supplied a second recipe from the book:

4 to 6 servings


4 eggs

1 stick butter, melted

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

½ teasooon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 (12-ounce) container cottage or ricotta cheese

2 cups cornbread mix


Beat eggs. Stir in butter, onions, spinach, salt, pepper, dill and cottage or ricotta cheese. Add cornbread mix. Spread mixture into an 8x8x2-inch greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 t0 35 minutes.

Variations: For a more pungent flavor, add ½ cup crumbled feta cheese to the mixture. Or, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top before baking.

Karol Gobel shares a casserole recipe:


1 (10-ounce) package chopped frozen spinach, thawed and moisture squeezed out

2 beaten eggs

2 cups cottage cheese

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Spray a 9x9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together well. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until set.

Judy Reinhard of Mount Pleasant, retired kitchen store owner of “fred” on King Street, says she could not resist sending this recipe, even though the Italian sausage might make it less than perfectly healthy.

Not to worry, I say. There are lots of sausage choices available, such as turkey and chicken that would be alternatives to the conventional pork one, if that’s a concern.

Serves 2


4 hot Italian sausages

1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons oil

1 bunch of green onions, sliced

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

2 to 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

4 cups spinach


Cook sausages in 1 teaspoon of the oil until done. Slice in 1- to 2-inch slices and set aside. Heat drippings. Add green onions. Cook 1 minute. Add vinegar, boil and scrape (deglaze) pan. Mix in the remaining 3 tablespoons oil and the mustard.

Add sausages to warm through. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour over spinach in a large salad bowl and toss.

A reader is looking for beef and vegetable stir-fry recipes.

A West Ashley reader would like to make a from-scratch peanut butter cake (chocolate may be included).

If there’s a recipe you’ve lost or a dish you are just wondering about, email food@post andcourier or call Food Editor Teresa Taylor at 937-4886.