Posts tagged ‘Family’

February 13, 2012

Sharing History | Stuffed Cabbage

This is hardly even a post about cooking.

It’s a post about what what to do when you want to help.  When things happen in life and I feel like I want to hug and cry and help,  I cook.

And often, because I feel such a connection with meals, the thing to be cooked just comes to me.  This time it was the humble stuffed cabbage.

When I was little, stuffed cabbage was a comforting dish that my mom would make on Sundays.  When I was newly married and a fish out of water in New Jersey, it was the dish my mother-in-law and I connected over at Paul’s Diner in Mountain Lakes.  Turns out, she loved it, just like I did.  She grew up with her mother making them, as well as serendipitously being at a diner on the rare day the kitchen made them.  In Texas we don’t have much of a diner culture, but I really grew to love this aspect of New Jersey.

As she explained it, every diner had its own schedule of when things were made and you kind of needed to be a regular to figure it all out.  We happened to be there on a Monday, during lunch and we both decided saw and decided immediately that we’d have the cabbage.  She grew up with cabbage rolls being served with copious amounts of mashed potatoes.

This was not something my mother did. 

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September 23, 2010

Preparations for Columbus Local Foods Week

After dropping off cherub at preschool, I spent a couple of hours this morning helping out at the Local Matters office in preparation for Local Foods week.   It’s a beehive of activity, which is a wonderful thing to see.  I spent the morning bundling thousands of pledge cards for the Eat Local Challenge.  I’ve filled mine out, have you?

Local Matters has a ton of great activities planned for Local Foods Week (October 2-8) like the Harvest Ball, the Market to Market Ride, and the Grilled Cheese Throwdown.  But they are also challenging the community to deepen their connection to local food through their first Eat Local Challenge.

 “This year we wanted to use Local Foods Week to ask the community to step up their commitment to eating more local food, so we’ve launched the Eat Local Challenge.  Individuals pledge a personal commitment to local food and get entered for a chance to win great prizes like a ‘Pantry Makeover’ with local products from Whole Foods, or 26 weeks of the Weekly Fresh Market Bag from the Greener Grocer,” says Local Matters Executive Director (and all around nice guy), chef Michael Jones. 

Roll up your sleeves, grab a fork and get ready to dig in.  PK has a menu that’s starting to take shape for the week and will include local fish, pork, and grass-fed beef, as well as a wide variety of seasonal produce that beautiful Ohio has to offer.  I’ll post recipes every day for all our meals and let you know where you can purchase the same ingredients.

Take the challenge with us!

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