LASR Anniversary: Annalisa Russo

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Annalisa Russo Coleslaw

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!

Annalisa Russo Coleslaw
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
1teaspoon salt
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)

perf5.000x8.000.inddCharity 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

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  1. James Robert says:

    Hi Annalisa! My question is, How old were you when you decided this is what you wanted to do in life was to become an author? Also was it something as a child you thought about?

    • I’ve always written, but didn’t get serious about it until a few years ago. Those books are my under-the-bed-books. Maybe someday I’ll polish them off and try to get them published. Now, I try to write 1500 words a day. After that, i get what I like to call “fuzzy brain.”

  2. The recipe sounds good! Thank you for sharing.
    Family get togethers were the best growing up! Pool parties and cookouts. 😉
    Do you have a favorite part of the story when you write?

    • I love writing the Cavelli family interactions. In my big Italian family, those who speak the loudest get the floor. My nephew has a shirt that says, “I’m Italian. This is my inside voice.”

  3. What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

  4. As I was reading your recipe for Cole Slaw, it brought back memories from my childhood watching my mom make cole slaw the same way. I haven’t had it made like this in years. Going to add the recipe to my box and make it next time I need to take a dish to pass.

  5. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

    • Thanks, Kim. I hope you get to read it! It’s the third book in the Cavelli Angel Saga. The fourth book, Angel Boy,will be released in December with pre-order in October.

  6. The book and recipe sound great!

    • Thanks, Trix. The book is part of a four book series called the Cavelli Angel Saga. The last book, angel Boy, will be released in December. I just can’t seem to let go of the Cavelli brood. Maybe…the saga will continue…

  7. Rita Wray says:

    I like the recipe, thank you.

  8. A delicious sounding recipe, going to try it this weekend.

  9. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds really good!
    I’m hoping it’ll work just as well if I halve the recipe for a smaller batch.

  10. Thanks for the recipe! We eat a lot of coleslaw in our house, so love finding new recipes for it.

    • It’s great for picnics because it doesn’t contain mayo. And it gets better as it sits in the fridge! I only use green pepper with the recipe because red pepper tends to bleed into the brine. (Even though it looks prettier with both colors)

  11. I love your books! And now I’ll try your recipe too! Are there more Cavelli books coming out?

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