Cabbage Rolls

Some days I feel like I should be a spokeswoman for Pressure Cooking Today! I love everything on that website. When I was at Chad and Nicole’s, Nicole and I wanted to make cabbage rolls but Chad threatened us with having to sleep with the dog if we cooked cabbage rolls. I kept telling him . . unwrap the cabbage, eat the filling and you’ll never know cabbage was involved but I think he remembers all the times growing up when I said: just eat it . . you’ll never taste . . whatever it is he was sure would kill him. He always swore he could taste the onion, or the celery, or the mush room.

So, no cabbage rolls were made last week but I made them yesterday in my kitchen. All I have to say is:  Chad has no idea what he’s missing!

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

They were seriously delicious . . so delicious that I wouldn’t mind having them again tonight!

Let’s first talk about the pot. I used the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. I really love that pot and I highly recommend it. But, if you don’t have one and don’t want one, you can make this recipe and simply bake the cabbage rolls.

My entire life I’ve made and loved cabbage rolls but I have never known how to successfully get the cabbage leaves off the head, get them soft enough to roll up without cracking or being too soft. It’s probably something so basic that everyone but me knew how to do it! The instructions in the recipe produced perfectly cooked, not hard, not too soft . . . cabbage leaves. I’ll use this method over and over again for the rest of my cooking  years! 

For the cabbage rolls, I followed the recipe except:

  1. My favorite cabbage roll recipe calls for crushed ginger snaps in the filling so I added some grated ginger to the filling.
  2. For us, the filling and the sauce would have been way too bland so I used plenty of Slap Ya Mama, plus a bit extra salt and black pepper.
Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

Knowing that I would be making several meals for the freezer, I put two scoops (overflowing tablespoons) in some rolls for me, and three scoops in some rolls for Vince.

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

I ended up with 21 cabbage rolls so I put three per container – 2 for Vince and 1 for me. Six dishes for the freezer and dinner last night.

Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals

This is a recipe I’ll be making often!

 

 

Cooking Together

Nicole has turned into a good cook and more importantly, she seems to enjoy it more than she once did. 

We’ve madeEnchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

We’ve made the tamales that I’ve already shown here.

Tamales

Tamales

We’ve made homemade pasta and fresh tomato sauce.

Pasta

Pasta

We made pork stroganoff twice.

Pork Stroganoff

Pork Stroganoff

I didn’t take a picture, but we also made Meat Lovers’ Quiche and it was delicious. This would be an easy dish to make ahead (meats) and then add the eggs and milk mixture at the last minute, and serve for breakfast when you have company. Sorry I didn’t take a picture!

Again, no photo but we made tomato soup and it was also good. Chad probably had never had homemade tomato soup and even though he thought he wasn’t going to like it, he did.

Tonight we’re having the pork chop dish that I make often and then . . my cooking with Nicole will end. Back to me cooking in my kitchen and Nicole cooking in her kitchen!  

 

My Favorite Flour

My favorite flour is not easy to find and when I find it, I buy all I can find. This time . . it was 50 pounds of Wheat Montana flour.

Wheat Montana Flour

Wheat Montana Flour

The Walmarts in my area don’t carry this and even the Walmarts in the area surrounding Nevada don’t carry it. The Walmart in Nevada is the only place I can ever find Wheat Montana flour.

I’ve taken an empty bag to my local Walmart and asked them to get it but they say it isn’t in their distribution center so I’m out of luck.  I’m ok using a couple of other flours but Wheat Montana has been my favorite for several years and I sure am happy to have a little supply of it .. while it lasts.