Recipe Files: Simple Cabbage Soup

raw ingredients

On Sundays, I generally go to my mom’s house for dinner. When I was a kid, we used to buy this canned cabbage soup we all loved (Habitant brand, in case anyone is curious). Sadly, they stopped making it when I was a teenager. A few years ago, I decided I needed to reverse-engineer the recipe, because we loved it SO MUCH. This recipe is the result.

Every year, Mom has me make a big batch so that she can freeze it and enjoy it all year long. This year, we got a bit ambitious and did three whole cabbages. That yielded somewhere between fourteen and sixteen quarts of soup, which was insane and took ALL AFTERNOON. I’m not going to share those quantities with you here.

shredded cabbage

Now the most dangerous part of all this is shredding the cabbage. I tend to prep it the same way I would for coleslaw or sauerkraut. Take a sharp paring knife and cut out the core, using medium diagonal cuts all the way around the stem. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can cut out any extra bits of core after. Then place your cabbage on the cut end, and take a large knife (I prefer a santoku knife for stability,  but you could also use a chef knife) and cut into quarters. Slice each quarter thinly, no more than 1/8″ thick. Prep your onions the same way. (although without the coring, obviously).

This soup is more about ratios than specific measurements – as long as you keep your 1 cabbage – 1 onion – 1 quart stock ratio relatively similar, you can scale this recipe up as high as your stock pot will let you. We had to dig out the big 20-quart pot this year for the three heads of cabbage 🙂 You can also add a 28-oz can of diced tomatoes to the mix if you prefer. I do this at home, but not when making the soup for my mom’s stockpile 😉 The seasonings are simple, but they work very well with this soup. Let me know if you try this recipe! I hope you enjoy it.

Simple Cabbage Soup

Ingredients

1 head green cabbage, quartered and thinly sliced
1 large white or sweet onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
1 quart beef stock (if using unsalted stock, add 1 tsp sea salt – OR use 1 heaping Tbsp Better than Bouillon, beef flavor, and 1 quart water)

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add onions and cabbage, and sauté over low heat until browned and soft, approximately 10-12 minutes. Place in stock pot with remaining ingredients. If stock does not cover cabbage, add enough stock to cover all vegetables. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat, and simmer for one hour. Serve, or freeze for later use. Serves 4-6.

soup

Episode 21

Knitting Content

Test knit: Mina Capelet by Emily Walton, for Expression Fiber Arts. This is likely the last time it will be shown before the pattern is released, so I don’t give away details of it! slightly_smiling_face

Celestial Socks by Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Socks hand-dyed by my friend Krystal on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway (dyed by ModeKnit Yarn on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Tea Review

Today’s tea is David’s Tea Cream of Earl Grey. It’s a luxuriously smooth black tea that just feels like a nice warm hug. There’s a bit of a sweet note to it, as well as a minor bite from the black tea. It tastes full and rich, and almost custardy… and now that I say that, I TOTALLY want to steep this in some heavy whipping cream to make crème brulée!!!

BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS

I am so sorry I forgot to do this last week, but happy birthday to all the October babies!!! Happiest of birthdays to patchaCelestya22CrochetingWhovianKnitPurlandRepeatnmarchngeigerkounterLMcraftingalisonwonderlandchumstickmaryreadsalotocdknitcasesandyknits88LDSVenusdeepcovegrlEllisknitstooTalesOfYarnKnitincrazeeLylaCraftShhhLuluHaylsknitsPinDollliviejRobina1911blackjax21nzfriendgfgislasonknit1baketooTheCATTLadyJansHandspacasinmaineCraftyYarnaholicFirstMateJulesCatlynInWonderladcalicokitty6k10, and Marlene31. I hope you all had a fabulous birthday month!

Annie Modesitt Fund

There’s still time to get in on the draw for these fantastic prizes by donating to Annie Modesitt’s lymphoma fund before November 10th! Please see details in the thread here. Annie is a fantastic teacher, knitwear designer and indie dyer. She was recently diagnosed with a rather nasty form of Lymphoma that has attacked her spine, and has been undergoing chemotherapy… but while she’s been battling cancer, her husband Gerry, who has been battling Multiple Myeloma for ten years, passed away suddenly. Helping her defray the costs of a funeral and keeping afloat while she works out the rest of her treatment and recovery is a super generous thing for you all to be doing, and I’m so proud of our little group here for pushing their sleeves up and getting it done RoMillet!

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Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

Hop on over into the BBR KAL threads to show us what you’re working onand to save your spot in the FO thread 🙂

On Screen

I made it through the last few episodes of season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and onto Guardians of the Galaxy. I completely forgot to mention all the new podcasts that came out this week – there’s a new one from ARunnerBean on Hawthorn Cottage Crafts, some new non-knitty stuff from TrueCanuckGirl on Steeped in Books, some Must Love Yarn goodness from jrbirdkid and KellySpins, ANOTHER new episode from TheCATTLady, some new content from NinjaChickens (go see her new studio! Exciting stuff!!), a little bit of pumpkin carving fun and a Knit Crate review from MinaPhilipp on The Knitting Expat podcast, and a brand new episode from handmemyknitting!!!

Stash

My lovely friend krysknits thinks about you guys too!!! She gave me an absolutely stunning sock blank and a pretty skein of Tanis Fiber Arts, and suggested I use one for a giveaway. Now, as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sock blank, I also know I would never take it apart to knit with it, and why be selfish and keep it if one of you could enjoy it? So the lovely skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label sock in the Lilac colourway will join my stash, and this gorgeous sock blank by CACTUS Yarn Studio, aptly called “Spring Crocus” will be used for a future giveaway on the podcast.

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The Wayward Skein: Episode 20

I FORGOT TO DO BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS!!!! They will be included in next weekend’s episode!!! I’m so sorry!

Tea

Drinking the New York Sheep & Wool 2018 tea, which was Apple Almond Harvest. It’s subtle, and robust, and delicious… and it completely reminded me of the cabin in the woods and hanging out with everyone ❤

Knitting Content

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway (dyed by modeknit) on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock by krysknits on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Scrappy sock blanket (based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis) on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

Annie Modesitt Donations and giveaway

Please visit the thread over here to donate, and post about it, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win this lovely bag, made by MinaPhilipp and a skein of Lydia Squishy DK in the Harliquen colourway. Draw will take place on the weekend of November 10.

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Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

If you’re participating in the KAL, please visit the Finished Objects thread to save your spot 🙂 Prizes up for grabs include a set of mini skeins from Bijou Basin Ranch, Knitted Wraps & Cover-Ups by Annie Modesitt, and a bunch of little goodies, as well as a participation prize, generously provided by Heidi Sharp, of the Flirt Shawlette pattern!

Reading

I finally finished An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and it was quite good when I finally got into it, although I had a lot of difficulty with the power dynamics in the relationships the main character got into. I very much enjoyed the entire series, and I’m very much looking forward to watching A Wrinkle in Time now 🙂

On Screen

I made it through the first seven episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and then Thor’s Dark World. Then watched the next eight episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and then Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thoroughly enjoyed all of it, and I’m enjoying revisiting the earlier episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – before some of the characters showed their darker sides.

In podcasting land, several people have new episodes out, including selmaknits of the Little Big Knits podcast, thecattlady of the CATT Lady podcast Serenova of the Serenova Crafts podcast, mandypinecone of the MandyPinecone Crafts podcast, TrueCanuckGirl of the Steeped in Books booktube channel, MinaPhilipp of the Knitting Expat podcast, and jrbirdkid and KellySpins of the Must Love Yarn podcast 🙂

Everyone have a fantastic week!

Episode 18

Weekly Cuppa:

Today’s tea is Super Fruit Herbal Tea by Tea Pigs. It’s a vibrant blend of unusual berries (including elderberries, currants, bilberries and cranberries) that is as good hot as it is cold.

Knitting Content:

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock hand-dyed by krysknits on 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Basic Sock in Rusty Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots on size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

My Scrappy Blanket (based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis and memory blanket by Georgie Nicolson. Knit on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles. Squares added this week included Nova Sock Print, colourway 174; Knit Picks Palette in the Silver colourway, and an unknown neon variegated yarn.

Stash:

I received a skein of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the custom ModeKnit Yarns colourway, Black-to-Green Flow. Carl also sent along some stickers, a to-do notepad (which will be included with the KAL prize) and a lovely stitch marker by Chappy.

Bijou Basin KAL

And that brings us to the Bijou Basin KAL!!! We’ll be casting on next Saturday, so be ready! Any Bijou Basin or ModeKnit Yarns fiber will qualify, as will any patterns featured on Bijou Basin Ranch’s site, or any Annie Modesitt pattern. I will be casting on the Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs.

The prize pack will include a book of Annie Modesitt’s patterns, as well as some yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch, and a few other goodies 🙂 The KAL runs from Saturday, October 20 to midnight on December 31. A participation prize of any pattern featured on BBR’s site will also be awarded.

On Screen

I managed to get another three episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in, so one more episode left before I get to watch Thor: The Dark World (I was completely wrong in the episode as to what the next film was!)

In the podcasting world, several people have new episodes out, but none more exciting to me than Little Big Knits with my lovely friend selmaknits, and Hawthorn Cottage Craft podcast with the wonderful ARunnerBean!! (can’t wait to see you, Kate!!!)

That’s all for now, folks. Prep for Rhinebeck is underway, and next week’s episode won’t be posted until I’m back home on Monday evening. Have a great week, and if you’re at Rhinebeck, please stop me to say hi! I have buttons!!

The Wayward Skein Podcast: Episode 16

Knitting Content

FOPeppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colorway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

WIPs

Scrappy blanket, based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis and the Cozy Memories Blanket by Georgie Nicolson. Squares added this week are Fiber Stash Dyeworks Strong Toes in “Princess Mandy” and Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in “Ocean in a Bucket”. Knit on 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller (eatmyyarn ). Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock, hand-dyed by krysknits on size 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Tea: Not going to write a whole long review, because it’s David’s Tea Cold 911, which I reviewed in episode 14.

Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

Please visit the KAL thread here for all the details!

Birthday shout-outs!

Please wish all our September babies a very happy birthday! Happy birthday to KellySpinsCraftyjenn9277doxiedogsknitpick56CreativedreamssandvansnooksLauraWestportMaraathomeknitt-a-holicBitchandstitch1CraftyMomma73Hannahbug1423wifeofrexgmb3tcdLameyDoofusOryxRunJKnits51twistySmofficoraleegeeElleYarnloopstitchalong, and brighidskiss!! I hope you had a great birthday month smile

On screen

I finished all of Queer Eye, and I’m so sad it’s over! There were a lot of tears. I highly recommend you watch it! I also plowed through Iron Man 2, Thor, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3 (I had completely forgotten what that one was about.) I’m about to start Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week 🙂 I also started a new Netflix original series called The Good Cop. Tony Danza plays a corrupt ex-cop who has recently been released from prison. He lives with his son, Josh Groban, who is a straight-laced, by-the-book detective. It’s a comedy, but also a pretty good cop show, and it’s hilarious! Give it a watch if you have Netflix.

Have a great week, everybody!

The Wayward Skein: Episode 15

Knitting content:

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock, hand-dyed by krysknits, on 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Sadly, no other knitting got done this week, especially as I wasted three days fixing the Peppermint Mocha socks!

On the screen:

I tried an episode of Brooklyn 99 and found it wasn’t a style of comedy I enjoy. Then I watched a few episodes of Queer Eye and very much enjoyed that! I’ve also watched a few more moview in the Marvel lineup (Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, which both came out in 2008).

There hasn’t been much else going on this week. Sorry the podcast was so light on content this week!

Episode 14

Knitting Content:

FO: Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317 on size 5mm (US 8) needles.

WIPs:

Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car. Knit out of Stylecraft Life DK in the “Mixtures Gorse” colourway on size 4mm (US 6) needles.

Celestial Socks test knit by Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock hand-dyed by krysknits on size 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

On the screen

I’ve been watching a show on Netflix called “The Ranch”. It’s actually a current series, which started in 2016 (surprisingly, I would have thought it was pre-current administration). There’s a lot of problematic humor in it that I don’t appreciate, but there’s also a lot of absolutely hilarious stuff, and there’s Sam Elliott for additional eye candy.

I’ve been watching a few of MinaPhilipp’s shorter snippets this past week, and especially enjoyed the one about her new The New York Hat Collection, which was released this week. Also watched a new episode by Must Love Yarn.

Between the pages

I’ve picked up An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle again. It’s the final book in the Wrinkle in Time series, and I had misplaced it, and so had to start again. I’m very much enjoying it, and look forward to finishing it so I can finally watch the movie!!

Have a great week, everyone!

Podcast Episode 13

Tea: This week’s cuppa is Apple Custard from David’s Tea. It’s a smooth, mellow apple-vanilla flavored tea that is simply delicious! I’m so glad I decided to try it!

Knitting Content:

New Cast-on

Test Knit of the Celestial Socks by Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Socks, hand-dyed by krysknitson size 2.25mm (US 1) needles.

Works in Progress

Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon. Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the “Ocean in a Bucket” colourway, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317 on size 5mm (US 8) needles.

Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car. Knit out of Stylecraft Life DK in the Mixtures Gorse colourway on size 4mm (US 6) needles.

On the screen

Finished watching Marvel’s Agent Carter, which I quite enjoyed. I then watched the first season of Anne with an E, and I’m rather upset about it! Rob and I also had time to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard last weekend, and it was SO FUNNY. Please see it if you haven’t already!

Podcasts watched

I spent some time with The Knit Girllls this week, as well as with Must Love YarnThe Uncreative Crafter Podcast Fans, and Fiberific!.

Shana Tova, everyone! ❤

Killer Spaghetti Sauce

In episode 12 of The Wayward Skein, I promised that I would share my recipe for killer spaghetti sauce with all both of you 😉 So here it is. The recipe that prompted two proposals (neither of them from Rob, ironically), and has kept people coming back for more for about 20 years! (suffice to say, I will NEVER be a food photographer…)

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Lynne’s Killer Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced (or 1.5 Tbsp from a jar)
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (or 3 jalapenos, finely diced)
  • 6 oz (or 1 cup) mushrooms, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz beef sticks, sliced about 1/4″ thick (I prefer Wentzle Farms, but whatever you have is fine, as long as it’s not Teriyaki or some weird thing like that)
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 106-oz can diced tomatoes (a #10 can) or 3 28-oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 12-oz can tomato paste

Open can of diced tomatoes and place in stock pot. Set aside.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, celery and garlic, and cook until transluscent, about 6 minutes. Add bell peppers (or jalapeno) and mushrooms to skillet. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir into tomatoes.

Return skillet to low heat. Cook beef stick slices until slightly crisp, approximately 3 minutes. Stir into tomatoes.

Over medium heat, without removing grease from the beef sticks, cook the ground beef. Drain, and stir into tomatoes. Place tomatoes on medium-low heat, and add all spices. Simmer, covered, for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover, and stir in tomato paste. Simmer 5-10 minutes more while pasta is cooking, and serve.

This recipe will make enough to feed approximately 20 people, or enough for dinner, and several containers for the freezer (makes approximately 5-6 quarts). And be prepared – if you feed this to people, they may just ask you to marry them!

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving

Calories              199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2.5g
13%
Cholesterol 59mg
20%
Sodium 322mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate 11.9g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Total Sugars 6.9g

Protein 20.4g

Vitamin D 41mcg
204%
Calcium 29mg
2%
Iron 11mg
63%
Potassium 786mg
17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Recipe analyzed by verywellfit.com

The Wayward Skein: Episode 12

Knitting Content:

Finished Object: Rob’s 2018 socks, based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Bergère de France Lubéron in the Eau Vive colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Works in Progress: Peppermint Mocha Socks by C.C. Almon (from her Coffee With C.C. ~ A 7 Pattern Caffeine Inspired Knitting Collection book). Knit out of Tilting Planet Apollo Sock in the Ocean in a Bucket colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Winterlong by Bristol Ivy. Knit out of Filtes King Velour in colourway 1317 on size 5.0mm (US 8) needles.

Tea: Today’s cuppa is Organic Serenity Now by David’s Tea. This one isn’t my favorite, because I brewed it before reading the ingredients, and I just don’t care for the taste or smell of lavender. It has quite a mix of flavors in it, from floral to fruity, and I find it a bit too complex and busy.

Giveaway!!!! Please come watch to see if you’ve won one of the two patterns offered up by eatmyyarn of Brandi Miller designs. If you are the winner, please go to her Ravelry store, choose the pattern you’d like to receive, and PM me or Brandi to receive your pattern.

Screen Time: I’ve continued watching Marvel’s Agent Carter, and I’m nearly done the second series (I’m pretty sure there were only two). I can’t wait to see how it all turns out, and move on to Iron Man! I haven’t had much time to watch podcasts this week, and in fact, have barely been online while in Chicago – although I have gone a little Instagram crazy since I’ve been here. Photos from this trip will be shared on the blog later this week.

In the Kitchen: I made Rob a batch of my famous spaghetti sauce 🙂 He loves having it in containers in the freezer. One batch usually does dinner one night, and then fills enough containers for him to have it for dinner four times, and then leftovers for lunch the next day as well. The recipe will be shared on the blog at some point on Monday.

KALs in other groups: This coming Thursday (Sept. 6), BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast will be hosting her annual Pigskin Party! It’s loads of fun, and there are lots of great prizes to be won, so come join in the fun! If you do decide to join, please link me as the person who referred you 🙂

That’s all for now! Hope everyone has a great week!!!