Pat Masiack of Hill City, S.D., says she has searched for her mother's coleslaw recipe for years. "As I recall, Mom cooked it, and I think she folded in whites of eggs. The slaw was yellowish in color and had a pleasant sweet/sour taste."
Helen Griffin of Clinton, N.C., responded with a "cabbage salad with hot dressing from the 'Hopeful Workers Cookbook' from Sioux Falls, S.D. My grandparents used this recipe book, which is from the early 1900s, but the recipes are tried and true."
Serves 8 as a side dish
1 green cabbage, chopped fine
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
approximately 3/4 cup cream
Sprinkle cabbage with salt and pepper and set aside.
In a small saucepan, boil vinegar, water and sugar until the consistency of syrup, about 8 minutes.
Beat egg in a cup measure and fill remainder of cup with cream. Slowly add this mixture to boiling mixture and beat briskly until smooth.
Pour over cabbage.
Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The dressing is pale yellow, creamy and tangy. It is sweet but not cloying, and the heat of the dressing wilts the cabbage just slightly. I would add chopped scallion to the cabbage to provide a little flavor contrast, and perhaps a bit of red cabbage for color interest."
Recipe requests * Bill Benson of Cascadia, Ore., says he has been trying to find a recipe for Cherry Torte Glace, which was in a set of books he sold at a garage sale. "I hope you can find it. The cake is delicious."
* Ruth Lyons of Baldwin is searching for a recipe which she describes as a "delicious eggplant recipe, which was served in the Hutzler's department store dining room." She adds, "Please help me find this recipe."
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