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16 Ways to Eat Your Cabbage: Part 5

August 18, 2010

I’ve been writing about ways to eat your cabbage after we received 16 heads of the stuff several weeks ago. Today you will learn the seventh and eighth way to eat cabbage. We’re half done!

7. Make something sexist.

Yes, there are sexist recipes and today I made one. It’s called “Men’s Favorite Salad” and was originally published in Gourmet magazine (Rest in peace, dear friend) in 1969. I’m not going to reprint the recipe here because it’s available through the link (above), but I did make it for dinner tonight and my husband, who is a man, really liked it. Here is part of our conversation:

Justin: “I thought ‘Men’s Favorite Salad’ would be mostly meat and cheese.”

Joy: (eating) “Mm-hmm”

Justin: “This is its own kind of salad, like potato salad or slaw. It stands on its own.”

Joy: (still eating) “Mm-mm-hmm”

Justin: “I can’t believe you never made this before. You really should have made this a long time ago. It’s really good.”

Aside from the silly, slightly sexist name, this salad got me thinking about other food writings from the 1960’s/1970’s and I remembered my Betty Crocker Cookbook from that time. There are a few archaic gems in this.

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The introduction to the pie section reads, “If you care about pleasing a man–bake a pie. But make sure it’s a perfect pie.”

8. Make a (pretend) vegan soup.

This recipe will be vegan . . . unless you make stock from BBQ chicken and rib bones. Then, it will not be vegan, but it will be extra good. This is what I did. And I did use Savoy cabbage, which is wrinkly and less strong-tasting than conventional cabbage. You could substitute other cabbage, or even other greens, if you like.

Arborio Rice and Savoy Cabbage Soup

3 T. olive oil

1 small savoy cabbage, shredded (about 12 oz.)

3 C. broth, whatever you like

1/2 C. Arborio rice (This is the rice that’s used for risotto.)

Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add cabbage and stir to coat with oil. Stir in broth and 3 C. water, and season with salt and pepper. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in rice and season with salt once more. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until rice is tender.

If you’re eating alone, read an old cookbook while you eat.

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