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One of the things I associate most with summer are our family get togethers. The location might rotate, but the fun is the same. Like the Cavelli family of my books, I have a large extended Italian family. And like Gwen, the cook for the Cavellis, our family functions always revolve around good food. My contribution to our summer events is usually my coleslaw noted for its vinegar brine, rather than mayonnaise, which can be problematic on hot summer days. And the longer the salad sits in the fridge, the better it gets! I hope you enjoy!
Makes 10-12 servings
1 large head of cabbage (3 lb.) cored and sliced thin
1 medium-sized sweet green pepper, cored, seeded, and minced
1 medium-sized sweet onion (Vidalia, if available) peeled and chopped fine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1 cup cider vinegar
¾ cup vegetable oil
1. Combine cabbage, green pepper, and onion in large bowl and toss to mix
2. Mix sugar, salt, mustard, and celery seed in small saucepan, add vinegar and oil and let come to a boil over moderate heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
3. Pour hot over cabbage and toss well to mix
4. Cool slaw to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (I usually turn it over several times as it sits in the fridge)
Charity O’Malley is about to break the law of the land in order to follow her dreams. They’ll call her a whisper sister, a tarnished woman. Jezebel. A woman who wants to shape her own destiny, she’s about to reopen her father’s speakeasy, but Big Mike O’Malley reaches out from the grave to save his recalcitrant daughter from her folly.
Gabriel Cavelli, the Harley riding, bad-boy of the Cavelli family, has to honor a deathbed promise to a friend to look out for his young, educated-out-east daughter. Gabe, one of the three Cavelli boys named, or rather misnamed, after the three archangels, finds himself caught between trying to save an unwilling damsel in distress and a crooked Prohibition Man.
As more threats unravel, old enemies come out of the shadows and force Charity and Gabe to band together against decades old, dark secrets—and find safety in each other’s arms.
About the Author: Annalisa Russo is a Midwest girl who grew up in an overpopulated first generation Italian family in the burbs of Chicago. Along with a passion for reading and writing, Annalisa enjoys gardening, cooking for company, and frequently invents reasons for traveling. The mother of two grown children, she now shares her home with a narcissistic cat named Buster. She loves hearing from readers so check out her website at www.annalisarusso.com.
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