Sunday, March 15, 2009

Challenge Ingredient: Cabbage

Happy St. Paddy's Day!!

Cabbage has been a main staple in the Irish diet for centuries. It is popular because it flourishes in the cool Irish climate, and is hearty enough to be stored through the winter. It was also popular because things like wheat, livestock and oats were too valuable as income to the poor rural farmers, so they turned to cabbage for their personal use. Cabbage is often used in soups with onions and leeks. One more interesting tidbit...the famous corned beef and cabbage was actually an American-Irish invention. (Information gleaned from

In honor of St. Patrick's Day I thought it would be fun to try our hand at making a cabbage dish. I personally have no idea what to do with cabbage. But, I do know that a) it's relatively cheap, b) cheap food is good, especially nowadays and c) it's crazy healthy for you. To find out more about how healthy this green head of goodness is, follow this link.

For these three reasons, I hope we can come up with some great cabbage recipes with this challenge. Let's get cookin'!!

PS- has a great article about how to buy and use cabbage here.

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