“I was visiting family out of state and they served this broccoli slaw from a local grocery store. It was really good, not much dressing on it, and it contained shredded broccoli and florets, raisins, red onion, bacon and sunflower seeds. Can you help me find the recipe?” While not having tasted the slaw, the staff of the Newton Falls Public Library would certainly try to give her some possibilities to try at home.
With the availability of the Internet, searching for recipes online is as simple as typing in the various ingredients, slaw and recipe. Cooks.com had two promising versions of this slaw: Broccoli and Bacon Salad with Equal, a lower calorie version [www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1662,139188-245199,00.html] and Little Tree Salad [www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1643,152163-235202,00.html]. Allrecipes.com’s Alyson’s Broccoli Salad [allrecipes.com/Recipe/Alysons-Broccoli-Salad-2/Detail.aspx] shows the nutritional information for those watching their fat and cholesterol intake. Broccoli Slaw [www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/salad/recipe-broccoli-slaw-083866] at TheKitchn.com used the smallest amount of mayonnaise or salad dressing of the online recipes we viewed.
Our patron was wondering if the library had any books that might have similar recipes. We have an extensive collection of recipe books. Some, like The Madison County Cookbook by the members of St. Joseph’s Church, Winterset, Iowa includes ramen noodles, not for what she was looking. Taste and See That the Lord is Good by the Ways and Means Committee, Pricetown United Methodist Church, Newton Falls, Ohio includes mozzarella cheese. Interesting, but not exactly what was needed. In Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2007 Superspeedy Broccoli Slaw includes pineapple and uses a commercial dressing for easier preparation. The New Potluck: the best recipes for today's "bring-a-dish" meals Nutty Broccoli Slaw has a dressing which did not include mayonnaise or salad dressing. Another intriguing one was found in Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2008. Their Floret Salad has sour cream, and Worcestershire and hot sauces.