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All About Raisins…..

12 Sep

As you may already know last week I was on the hunt for muscats. Before last week I had never even heard of a muscat. Learning about them came about when my dad told me his mother used “larger raisins” when making a Blackberry Jam Cake. I did know what he was talking about and because it had been so long since he had one he could not remember what the “larger raisins” were called. He called my aunt and she remembered that they were called something that began with the letter “M”. That’s all I needed to begin my search on the internet.  After a few clicks of the computer mouse some creative google searches I found out what the “M” word was. Muscat or Muscats.

After learning that muscats were not readily available in the grocery stores in our area, we bought some online from California and they arrived quite swiftly. Packaged in bulk, fresh and tasty. Before ordering from the internet, my dad and I were in and out of stores looking for muscats and; in our search I discovered they were several varieties of raisins. Now raisins might not sound overly exciting to read about but they are a great snack and go well in many baked goods, cereals and, salads. I use baking raisins specifically in my soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and traditional raisins in my delicious Coleslaw recipe which you can find here.

Here is a little more info on raisin varieties:

Baking Raisins: These are a must for me when I bake. They are not always available everywhere so stock up if you bake a lot. Baking raisins come in 6 ounce pouches filled with the traditional raisins and small amount of a sweet syrup that I believe partially rehydrates them which will leave your baked goods even tastier.

Dark Seedless: Raisins that are made from Thompson seedless grapes that are dried for several weeks. These raisins are good for almost anything.

Golden Seedless: Also from Thompson seedless grapes treated with sulphur dioxide to prevent darkening. These grapes have a shorter drying time. Use these for cooking and snacking.

Zante: Zante grapes produce tiny, dried currants often used for baking.

Last but not least:

Muscat: Muscat grapes yield large, fat, dark, very sweet raisins. Use muscats for snacking and baking too. Beware of the edible seeds inside the muscats. The seeds may be left in or out when baking but, I would suggest cutting the muscat in half and taking the seeds out one by one.

This concludes today’s lecture on raisin varieties. Tune in tomorrow for another episode of Talking with my Mouthful of Food. 😉

Kim Cherie

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Creamy Coleslaw with a Few Special Guests

30 Jun


Just in time for Fourth of July fun, family and food, I wanted to share this coleslaw recipe with you. Coleslaw is one of my favorite cold salads. My favorite times to have it is when I can eat it with either with a barbecue dinner or a fish fry with spaghetti and hushpuppies. Either way I’m happy. This recipe today was shared with me from my friend Latina. I met her at church and we bowled together on the same league for a couple of years. Latina gave me a sample of her coleslaw years ago when she came to pick up a cake I had baked for her. I think it was a carrot cake with cream cheese icing I made for her that year. Well, I was immediately delighted when I tasted it. It was creamy, sweet with raisins and apples. I love apples too! So, I was sold…..


It wasn’t until years later probably just 2 years ago when I finally texted Latina and asked her for the recipe. She replied back and happily texted back with the recipe.  I make coleslaw all the time now for dinner with pulled pork sandwiches, and family functions, and everyone loves it. I mean they really love it.  I made it last year for our annual family event last year I ended up giving the recipe out at least 3 times from that event.

Before Latina shared her recipe with me I really didn’t want to make coleslaw, even though I like it a whole lot. I didn’t want cut up a lot of cabbage. Well, now that I know that cutting up a some cabbage isn’t hard to do. I could do it anytime. With this recipe that I am sharing with you today you won’t blink an eye because you can buy the packaged coleslaw mix and the prepared coleslaw dressing in the jar right next to it at the grocery store. Viola’, mix in you own special guests, refrigerate, and there you have some delicious coleslaw. Believe me. You won’t be sorry.

Creamy Coleslaw with a Few Special Guests

Ingredients:

1 bag pre-shredded coleslaw mix

1 Red Delicious Apple chopped with skin on

fresh lemon juice from half a lemon

1 cup raisins or Craisins

1/2 cup partially drained crushed pineapple

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

1 cup jarred coleslaw dressing or more to taste

1T sugar (optional)

1 cup walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

Place chopped apple in a medium size bowl in the lemon juice and toss to keep from browning. In a large mixing bowl pour in the coleslaw mix. Add in the raisins, partially drained crushed pineapple, poppy seeds, chopped apple, and walnuts if using. Next pour in 1 cup coleslaw dressing and stir all ingredients together till completely combined. Taste and add sugar if needed. Transfer the coleslaw to a serving bowl, cover, and chill 4-6 hours or overnight and serve.

You  may add in more dressing a little at a time if needed also until desired consistency is achieved. A little goes a long way with this recipe.

**Be aware** The coleslaw will gets creamier as it sits. It may not look creamy enough when first mixed but the mixture will develop as it refrigerates.

 

What cold salads do you like at your summer cookouts? Do you make a winning summer dish? What is it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading Mouthful of Food!

Happy 4th of July!! See you next time!

Kim

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