Torta di Cavolo Ripieno: A Stuffed Cabbage Cake

I planned to make cabbage rolls for dinner, but when it came time to start cooking, I couldn’t get excited about the process of filling and rolling each leaf of cabbage into tidy parcels. The idea to make one giant stuffed cabbage struck me and I went with it, bigger is better right?
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Rustic Cabbage Salad Scented with Orange Peel

I recently acquired a green cabbage which could quite easily be the same size as my very own head.  Thinking about what to do with a cabbage of this stature, my thoughts processed, cabbage rolls, stew, slaw….and then I remembered a fabulously, simple salad that a dear friend had made for me years ago. I believe it is Italian in origin with rustic roots and a taste that hits home.
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A nod to Cinco

Last night was an uncelebratory nod to Cinco de Mayo.  My friend (A.) invited me over for dinner and between what she had in her fridge and what I had in mine we were able to collaborate a meal.  Fish Tacos with fresh Tuna and Southwest Slaw accompanied by Rick Bayless’s Lime Ice

(A.) seared the Tuna in a spice blend, prepared a cabbage slaw scented with lime juice and honey and whipped up a fresh yogurt to drizzle atop our tacos!
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You can’t stop the “beet”….

As Bill Cosby stated, “nobody ever says, can I have your beets?”  I categorize beets as an acquired taste, something to the effect of your very first beer!  I recall as a child being served the ‘tinny’ taste of beets straight from the can….and I was NOT a fan!  However, I grew up, my tastes changed and I tried ‘real’ beets not from a can and I like them!  Not to knock canned beets….they are useful in a pinch but do have a different taste.
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A dish with no name

This is one of my go to meals for colder weather months or when I’m short of time….it doesn’t have a name but it’s really, really good!  Not too posh yet not lacking in taste, this dish dazzles by being bright, colorful, crunchy and filling.  I actually borrowed upon the idea from a restaurant down my street called, Gaia Cafe.  It’s a lovely little brunch spot with mismatched tables and chairs, you serve your own coffee and can watch your food being made.  They serve up vegetarian-fare subsisting mostly of stir-frys, scrambles and overall yummy hodgepodges.
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