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Mom’s Classic Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

No summer cookout is complete without a tray of stuffed cabbages! Tender cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, seasoned ground meats and a rich tomato sauce make this the perfect summer comfort food. Plus these freeze beautifully!’

This dish, God this dish brings back so many childhood memories that I literally sat here for 30 minutes in a daze just remembering some of them. Like there was the time we were harvesting cabbages from our garden and we each got to pick a single plant that we were in charge of to take care of. Whoever grew the biggest cabbage won. The prize was Mom would cook our favorite dessert to go with her famous stuffed cabbages. That summer I ended up winning. This cabbage was so huge that I couldn’t lift it. I know I have a picture of me trying to hold it on my lap. I’ll dig it out to share the pic once my arm is better.

Then there are the countless memories where our kitchen was soooooooooooooo hot (we didn’t have AC growing up and we only had window fans) and Mom had 3 large canning pots on the stove with boiling water making hundreds of stuffed cabbages. I can still remember that hot cabbage smell and hot/wet air in the kitchen. Dad would use the tongs to pull out the leaves, put them in the colander and my Mom, sister and I would each trim the stems.

When Mom made stuffed cabbages it was never just a pan for dinner or just enough for a single meal. Oh no, not in my house. You made enough for dinner, leftovers, enough for company to take some home and enough for the freezer. Mom’s kitchen and cooking style are you cook in bulk and never, ever waste anything.

Summer means cookouts, gatherings and stuffed cabbages!

Weekly Menu

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  Man I’ll tell you what I’m so glad last week is over.  Talk about one hell of an emotional week.  Someone very, very dear to my heart is fighting for their life right now and I feel utterly helpless. We all have problems, we all complain yet when something like that hits you out of no where it’s like life just sucker punched you in the gut for being selfish. My heart is hurting and my hands are tied because I can’t fix it or make it better.  I can’t bake them something to make them better.  I just am…lost.

All I can do is pray, hope and be strong.

Life is so precious and something we often take for granted.  We are so used to having that other person answer the phone when we call or like our facebook status.  We’re just so used to them being ‘there’ and being their normal happy self that when illness hits them so hard you then realize just how precious life is.  Yet during that same week there was joy on the other side of the spectrum.  Mama and Papa Fantabulous celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  I mean just how amazing is that?!  60 years of marriage is unheard of these days and I can only pray that Mr. Fantabulous and I have that.

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So for me this week has been hard – I’m so sad about one thing yet so happy about another. It’s like when I’m crying I feel like I should be happy for my in-laws yet when I’m happy and smiling I feel guilty because I feel like I should be sad for the other person.  All I can do right now I suppose is live my life the best way I can.  Let everyone know how I feel, that I love them and continue to have faith. That’s all I can do, right?

I’m sorry this isn’t your normal silly and happy post that you’re used to from me but it’s like with you guys I can open up, talk…share. Sigh…

What else can I share?  So I had my MRA done on my right shoulder.  Of the morning I go into have it done I have zero pain.  Isn’t that always the case?  As soon as you see the dr. you feel better. However that feeling ok quickly fell to the wayside as she harpooned me.  Actually the MRA doesn’t hurt; it’s that lidocaine injection they give you before they inject you with the contrast dye.  I should know the results early this week.  I hope not another surgery as shoulder surgery is wicked nasty and I just don’t have time for it. LOL

Anyway I’m signing off now as I want to head out and stop by the hospital for a bit to show some love and let them know I am praying for them. Have an amazing week!

♥ Monday –   Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef Tacos
 Tuesday – Classic French Beef Stew in the Crock Pot
 Wednesday –  Chorizo Burgers with Cool Ranch Pepper Sauce
 Thursday – Beef Shepherd Pie Tarts
 Friday –  Herbed Prosciutto Tomato Onion White Pizza
Saturday –  Baked Breakfast Egg Rolls with Pancetta, Avocado and Brie
Sunday – Crock Pot Eye of Round with Mushroom & Onion Gravy
Dessert of the week – Apple Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Cheesecake Swirls

BBQ Meatloaf Stacks

This recipe is one of those I WISH my parents were still alive not only to taste but to see me eat.  See growing up I REFUSED to eat or go near meatloaf.  It was chalked full of hunks of onions (that I swore would kill me if I ingested one), tomatoes and just flat-out yucky stuff.  The only meatloaf I would eat would be my grandma’s as while she used tomatoes, onions and peppers she minced them to the point you needed an eagle eye to find them in the dish.  I cut a piece off, give it a thorough look through and if I didn’t see an onion I’d eat it.  However the first one I spotted then the dinner was over for me and I was grabbing a pb&j. I just couldn’t do the chunks man.

However now I’ve grown to love onions (not raw) and peppers (not green as they still are yucky) and can tell when they are missing from the dish.  I also now love meatloaf…MY meatloaf TYVM!  I know I’m a snob, but I like what I like.  We all are food snobs or better yet, we should be.  Now let me clarify, we should only be food snobs when we are paying for a prepared meal.  I’m sorry but if I’m paying you for a dish the food and quality should be good.  The price of the dish is irrelevant.  Okay sure if it’s a 99cents burger then I wouldn’t exactly expect to have it made out of kobe beef however it still can be really good.
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This recipe is one that honestly kinda just came to be.  See I was cleaning out my big freezer again – I have been doing this a lot lately only because truthfully I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to properly food shop.  And since I never EVER do take-out I have to go with what I have on hand.  Well okay I should clarify why I don’t do take out.  There is zilch stuff here in countrybumpkinville.  Yes we have a chain type pizza shop but you all know how I feel about those.  Nope, no way, no how. I do not do mass-frozen/re-heated foods.

Get your stack on with these BBQ Meatloaf stacks!

BBQ Chicken Pasta Bread Bowl

There are days, like now, when it’s this bitter cold and snowy that you want carbs and comfort.  For me, this is one of the perfect dishes that keeps my tummy warm on these cold winter nights plus keeps me satiated most of the day.

When I introduced my Cheesy Meatball and Penne Pasta Bread Bowl, you guys went nuts over it asking for other variations of it.  This is definitely one of my favorites.  Now I was pretty apprehensive at first with the combination as pasta is supposed to have marinara or Alfredo sauce – not bbq.  That’s just unthinkable.  ESPECIALLY in an Italian household.  Now while I’m not Italian, I’m married to one which means I apparently lose my background and am now officially pseudo Italian.  LOL

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But with either the Bacon BBQ Sauce or the Sticky Honey BBQ sauce in this dish, it’s amazing!

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Cheesy Penne & Meatballs Garlic Bread Bowls

This recipe is one of those recipes that I’ve had in my back pocket for centuries (cause I’m that old) but then kinda forgot about.  I can remember when those big pizza chain stores came out with these however I  have been making these, even way back in the late 80’s early 90’s when my brother had a pizza shop.  Granted we didn’t sell them but hey, when you’re running the store in the mornings or late at night, you want to experiment.  And experiment I did.  I love these things though I will be completely honest, these are a total carb fest. I mean pizza dough AND pasta.  But hey, everything in moderation, right?!  Eat a balanced healthy diet and exercise.

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This recipe kind of resurfaced out of my needing to clean out my fridge.  See I always, ALWAYS have pasta, meatballs and marinara sauce on hand.  Please, I married into an Italian family.  It’s in my wedding vows! Just like my vow to kill all spiders I had to vow to always, ALWAYS have pasta and sauce on hand.

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