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Stuffed Cabbage with an Italian influence 
Jul. 18, 2013 12:29 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 7:18 pm
It's been a year since I've posted on my blog - sorry - time just flies ... I will try to keep up with it more regularly.

My original intention for this blog was to celebrate the wonderful recipes my mom taught me - and to celebrate my parents - two of the most wonderful people I've ever known who were taken from us much too soon.

So---some history on this recipe --  When my mom started working she became friends with a woman at her job, Julia, who was of Russian descent.  That was sort of uncommon back in the 1930's-1940's, people tended to be friends with their own "kind" -my mom's "kind" being Italian.  As her friendship grew, she met Julia's brother, Joseph,  and they started dating.  Well, again, back then that was not common, my mother's brother married an Italian, my mother's sister married an Italian and here was my mother dating a Russian!!!  The first time my mother brought my father home to meet her dad, her dad threw my father out of the house.  This is especially funny because my dad was a big man 6'0" tall and 200+ lbs and my grandfather was under 5' tall and around 100 lbs., but he still physically threw my dad out of the house.  Of course, as time passed, my grandfather came to love my dad and as my mother told me many times, if my parents were disagreeing over something, my grandfather normally took my father's side in the argument. 

My mom wanted to learn some of my dad's family recipes so she could cook them for him.  So my Aunt Julia taught her the stuffed cabbage recipe.  My mother tweaked it (i.e. replaced the tomato soup with tomato sauce) and made her own Italian version of Russian Stuffed Cabbage.  I love this stuffed cabbage recipe even though it is time consuming to make --I've tried to find a similar version at restaurants or pre-made at Polish/Russian specialty stores that tastes as good, but have not found it yet.  Please try it, enjoy it and tell me what you think....
you can find the recipe at<
Jul. 22, 2013 2:16 pm
Your above link is not for the cabbage. I found this in your recipe box The recipe looks to be very good. Salt pork is the next best thing to heaven, which is the optional Bacon! Thank you!
Jul. 24, 2013 7:18 pm
Sounds good! Thanks! Funny how our families bring so many great memories, both sweet ad bittersweet. Isn't it amazing how our lives bagan in this great melting pot? :)
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Mariann Hoydicz

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About Me
I am a single woman who works too much but loves to cook when I have the time. I also love to travel.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are my mom's recipes. We would enjoy many great times in the kitchen.
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My mom's mix of Russian recipes with her Italian influence. Also, trying to reproduce the love my mom put into each of her dishes.
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Successfully making my mom's Stuffed Cabbage and it actually tasting like hers.
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Italian Easter bread. One year when making the Easter bread (I make many batches and give out to many friends and family members.) Forgot to add yeast into one of the batches and had very flat bread - but still tasted pretty good.
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