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The pressure’s on

In May our churh held a ladies' luncheon. I helped to prepare chicken salad for the event by cooking about 40 pounds of bone in chicken breasts in the crock pot. This generated quite a bit of chicken broth and then I cooked the bones with some vegetables to generate even more.

During this time Rob was out of town helping a friend move cross country so I had some free time in the kitchen. I put a new gasket and vent on the pressure canner and canned six and a half quarts of the broth, made a batch of soup and then froze the rest.

Later in the week I tried another new canning project, pressure canning great northern beans and pinto beans. They do have to process for over an hour but the actual preparation of the dry beans was no different from actually cooking them for soup or some other purpose. All but one jar sealed properly. I was kind of glad the one jar did not seal because I was curious to taste the finished product. The beans were perfectly cooked and had a nice creamy texture. It will be convenient to have them on hand for quick meals in the future.


I used that one pint jar of great northern beans to try this new soup recipe from Southern Living:

Cabbage, Potato, and White Bean Soup

1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 Tbsps. olive oil*
4-6 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
4-6 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
4-6 cups chopped cabbage
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed

Heat oil in large soup kettle and then saute onion until tender. Add garlic and cook briefly before adding broth and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are nearly tender then add the cabbage and beans. Cook until the cabbage and potatoes are tender and then season with salt and pepper. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

*This would also be delicious with bacon grease and a little crumbled cooked bacon added to the soup.

These successes have made me want to try pressure canning a few other items that I have never tried canning before.

What's been going on in your kitchen lately?

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Some fall favorites

Each fall we look forward to driving up to the North Carolina mountains to enjoy the changing scenery and to purchase some of our fall favorites. One of our favorite things to buy are the large heads of mountain cabbage. We eat coleslaw all year long and I have quite a few different recipes that we enjoy. Here are links to a few of them:

Ginger Bacon Slaw

Ray's Coleslaw

Mennonite Girls Cole Slaw
My son-in-law who does not care for mayonnaise liked this one. It also keeps very well.

We also enjoy cabbage soup, bierocks, and cabbage rolls. I tried something new when I made cabbage rolls and thought I would share the tip here in case it might be of help to someone else. I removed a few outer leaves from a head of cabbage that we purchased recently and steamed them for a couple of minutes in the microwave, cooled them, and then froze them. I removed them from the freezer a few days ago and used them to make cabbage rolls and they worked just fine. I like to use fairly lean ground beef in the cabbage rolls and I don't always have any on hand so it was good to know that the cabbage leaves freeze well and can be used at a later time. You can also prepare the cabbage rolls and freeze them to cook at a later time.


Here's an idea for one of our more recent fall favorites. Did you know that if you mix peanuts and candy corn and eat them together it tastes like a Payday candy bar? It's really a good combination.


I was also surprised when I went to purchase a bag of candy corn that there are quite a few flavors to choose from now. One of the most unusual that I saw was Carmel Macchiato. Have you tried any unusual flavors of candy corn? Do you have any favorite cabbage recipes?


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Fall is in the air


I always get excited when the temperatures start to cool down a bit and I can anticipate baking all of our fall favorites. Usually by now we would have driven up to North Carolina at least once to get some mountain apples and cabbage. Unfortunately we haven't been able to make the trip yet but I did try a new cabbage recipe that I'm eager to share with you.

I posted this recipe for coleslaw and we have enjoyed it so much that I keep a bottle of the dressing in the refrigerator at all times so we can have slaw frequently. I saw this recipe for Ginger Bacon Slaw a while back and thought it sounded good so I printed out the recipe and finally got around to trying it. Let me tell you, it has become a new family favorite! It is delicious and I hope that you will try it if you enjoy coleslaw. This recipe is by Leila, who is the same blogger who posted another favorite of ours, the Egyptian Lasagna.

One thing I did differently than the recipe states is that I did not make the garlic ginger paste ahead of time. I just grated about four cloves of garlic and about 1/2 Tablespoon of fresh ginger on my microplane grater as I was making the dressing. It makes a very colorful and flavorful slaw and would be a nice choice if you want something a little special to round out a meal. Here is how I made the recipe:

Ginger Bacon Slaw

2-3 cups shredded cabbage
a large handful of dried cranberries
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 sliced green onions or about 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
3 Tbsps. mayonnaise
4 cloves garlic, grated
about 1/2 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbsps. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine mayonnaise, grated garlic, grated ginger, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt with a whisk. Gently stir dressing into shredded cabbage, onion, cranberries, and bacon. Enjoy every last bite!


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A good new recipe

Don't you love it when you find a recipe that utilizes things that you normally keep on hand and it turns out tasting really good? I ran across a recipe like that recently and it's going into the permanent file. I found this recipe on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook website. It uses cabbage, chicken, onions, and noodles. I used Ramen Noodles since that was what I had on hand. My kids always give me a hard time for changing recipes but I tried to stick pretty close to the original when making this. I cut down the proportions since it was just the two of us and added a dash of sesame oil at the end of the cooking time for a little burst of flavor.

Here's the post with the original recipe. I used one large chicken breast, about 4 cups of cabbage, and two packages of ramen noodles. I cooked the noodles and then added them on top of the other ingredients as the recipe details. It was really good and I will be making this one again.

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A fall favorite

There's still time to enter the fall give-away. I know some of you prefer not to make comments directly on the blog. You could still enter by emailing me if that would work better for you.

I realized recently that I had never posted the recipe for Cabbage Rolls. I've been making these for over 40 years and they are one of our fall favorites.

picture of Finished Cabbage rolls

Cabbage Rolls

12 large cabbage leaves
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 egg
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 lb. ground beef
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Prepare cabbage leaves by parboiling or steaming in the microwave. Cut out the hard center "vein" of each leaf to facilitate handling. Combine the egg, rice, onion, salt, pepper, thyme, and hamburger. Place a portion of this mixture in each cabbage leaf and then fold the sides in and roll up. Fasten each leaf with one or two toothpicks. Place in a large kettle, skillet, or crockpot. Combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Pour over the cabbage rolls and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for one hour. If using crockpot cook for 6-8 hours on low. You may want to remove the lid for the last few minutes to thicken the sauce.

There are several ways that you can soften the cabbage leaves; by boiling, freezing, or steaming in the microwave. I like to put them in a glass pie plate covered with waxed paper and microwave for about two minutes.

picture of Steaming Cabbage

If you cut out the tough center "vein" the rolls will be easier to roll up without cracking or splitting. You will need to be careful to place the filling so it will be pretty well covered by part of the leaf.

picture of Removing Vein

picture of Filling Cabbage

Fasten securely with a toothpick or two.

picture of Fastening Cabbage

Do you have a favorite cabbage recipe?


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