Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cabbage... friend, or foe?

Cabbage often gets a bad rap.  After all, how many people's favorite food contains it?  I would dare say, very few.  

But around St. Patrick's Day - I try to fall in love with it again.  I found these quotes about cabbage that illustrate how some of us view this cruciferous veggie... which camp are you in?

“Cabbage as a food has problems. It is easy to grow, a useful source of greenery for much of the year. Yet as a vegetable it has original sin, and needs improvement. It can smell foul in the pot, linger through the house with pertinacity, and ruin a meal with its wet flab. Cabbage also has a nasty history of being good for you.”
Jane Grigson (1928-1990) ‘Vegetable Book’ (1978)

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup."  H.L. Mencken

You form your own opinion, but I like to take the idealist's view.  While cabbage is in the spotlight for the next few days, I thought I'd remind you of a few past recipes that contain it.  Enjoy your greens!  (And the last one is a reward for eating your cabbage)

Ensenada Style Baja Fish Tacos

UN-Stuffed Cabbage (shortcut for cabbage rolls)

Crunchy Oriental Tossup

Mint Condition Brownie Bites

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