Our sweet middle child was gifted her very own Cabbage Patch doll this Christmas, and if you were a child in the 80’s, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. The turned up noses and yarn hair (and the rear end “tattoo”) are a permanent fixture in my childhood memories, so are stirrup pants, but we don’t have to go there. My parents actually bought this newest doll at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia. It’s true; there’s an actual place where Cabbage Patch babies are “born,” and if you happen to be in the area, it’s a fun place to stop with the kids.
While we aren’t growing that particular variety of cutie cabbages in our kitchen garden, we have managed to grow some beautiful and tasty green cabbages. We’ve had an unusually mild winter; it was 80 degrees last week, but today a flurry of snow greeted us briefly. The weather, she is a fickle mistress, but though winter may finally be arriving, we’re thankful for the longer growing season for our fall veggies this year.
The great thing about cabbages is that you can essentially cut them when you need them. No over-ripening going on here; they’re a laid back veggie, and that’s totally my speed. These beauties have the honor of being served alongside some tasty local shrimp in my Yaya’s awesome Shrimp and Cabbage recipe. I’ll be sharing that later in the week.
How about you; any cabbage patches out there? And what’s your favorite dish to use your cabbages (home grown or store bought) in?