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 http://allrecipes.com/Cook/MariannHoydicz1<