Growing up in beautiful New England was a blessing for so many reasons. The small town simple life made way for creativity and adventure. As kids we walked to school, rode our bikes to the lake, climbed ‘the mountain’ for fun, went to every Friday night basketball game, and loved our lobsters & chowders, grinders, maple syrup, and New England Boiled Dinners. Each year as we welcome in the Autumn season I think of soups and stews and pumpkins and foliage and New England.
Recipe inspiration you ask? Day after St. Patrick’s Day leftovers meets an open package of wonton wrappers on the second shelf of the refrigerator…and the plotting begins. By the time I woke up this morning they had formed a bond and a plan. When I opened the fridge door the Ziploc bag of wonton wrappers had neatly made it’s way to the top of the container of leftover boiled dinner. Clearly it was a case of love at first sight.
There are some recipes (curry, masalas, unstuffed cabbage rolls) that are a challenge to picture. They don’t have the color pop to match their undeniable flavor explosion. This Farmers Market Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe falls squarely into this category.
We bought a 5 pound cabbage for 88 cents. Not sure why I chose that as the intro line to this recipe, but dang cabbage is cheap. Which makes really good cabbage recipes all the more appealing.
We like many, had Corned Beef & Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. We like many, have leftovers to repurpose. Gruyere Cabbage was a dish my mom made often. Today, I dug out the 30-year old hand written recipe card, made sense of the measurements, and added bacon. Oh my! I think Mom would be proud.
I took a popular Chinese Take-Out dish and turned it into a healthy make at home meal. Our Kung Pao Chicken Soup is not sodium or MSG laden. Instead it’s packed with fresh aromatic ingredients and some classic Asian flavors.
As in…don’t hold back on the veggies. This was a fabulous way to work through the last few fresh veggies that needed to be eaten before it was back to the Farmers Market on Wednesday. This included a gorgeous head of cabbage that I was persuaded to buy (I just love farmers).