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March FLAVORS: Mexican Slaw

For my 2018 “Flavors” calendar, I invited friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite flavor combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used those ingredients as my inspiration for 12 very unusual and unique paintings that make up this year’s calendar.

Mexican Slaw, 12x12x1, acrylic on cradled panel, by Annie Salness

Original still life, featuring lime and cilantro.

This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Claudia True.

from the 2018 Flavors calendar…


Growing up in South Texas I ate a lot of Mexican food, but no one used cilantro back then. First time I tried it, I almost gagged! Why would anyone ruin perfectly good food with that awful stuff? Now, cilantro and lime juice make it into most of my Mexican food. The combination of the two in this slaw is very refreshing and helps offset the spice and heat.

—Claudia True,

Mexican Slaw


½ head cabbage, thinly sliced

1 red pepper, diced

6 oz. cubed Monterrey Jack or other cheese (optional)

1/2 c. chopped cilantro (or more)

1 avocado, diced (optional)


1/3 to 1/2 c. lime juice (3 or 4 fresh limes)

1 tsp. sugar

salt and pepper to taste

¼  tsp. dry mustard

Calendar Contributor Spotlight

I met Claudia through an online course given by Alyson Stanfield, and it felt like meeting a friend in person. She was so nice! At the time, she was producing calendars featuring her paintings, so we emailed and spoke on the phone about where to get them printed, what worked, what didn’t work. And we encouraged each other. Thank you, Claudia!

I love what she says in her bio: “I paint art that makes you smile!”

Claudia True creates vibrant and fanciful depictions of nature and the positive influences it has on the human psyche. Subjects such as colorful birds, butterflies, flowers, and vegetables come to life for everyone to enjoy. Prior to moving to Kansas City in 2007, True owned galleries and studios in Bakersfield, California. Currently, Claudia works in her home studio and teaches private lessons as well as workshops. She loves to teach and share the joy of painting with others and to help them develop their own creative spirit. Visit Claudia’s site.

Smiley Cat by Claudia True

The lovely Claudia True!


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