Homemade Cabbage Rolls!

“Cooking, to me, it’s kind of therapeutic. It’s completely different from music as well. I’m not amazing at it, but I can cook myself a good meal.” – Phillip Phillips

Cabbage rolls are another wonderful memory of my childhood. I often mention my grandmother and mother cooking, and the delightful dishes they’d make. Well, this was and continues to be with me, a family tradition for holiday meals. I remember my grandma and mom making a roaster full for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would sit on my little stool watching and wishing I could help. 

Today, my daughter Taylor and I, and now Dave & I make these not only for the holidays, but whenever we are hungry for them. They are not nearly as hard to make as I remember them being as a child.

If you have a copy of my wonderful cookbook, Lovingly Seasoned Eats and Treats, then you’ll be able to find this yummy recipe on page 108. If you don’t own a copy of it, you can purchase it here in either a beautiful spiral bound softcover or NEW, a Downloadable PDF version. 

Check out my how-to video at my YouTube Channel. Watch below!

I’ve adjusted the recipe from the original Cabbage Roll Casserole to the actual Cabbage Roll recipe. Enjoy friends, and be sure to let me know how you like it in the comments below, I love your feedback!

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Ingredients: One large head of cabbage will make approximately 15 to 20 rolls.

1 medium to large head of cabbage

1 pound ground beef

1 pound plain ground pork

2 cup rice uncooked or cooked~ I used basmati 

6 to 8 cups of tomato juice or sauce

2 eggs

1 small onion diced

1 tsp each salt and pepper

PRO TIP: Remember that 8 ounces of liquid is equal to 1 cup.

Added bonus: You can go to my blog at http://www.fordragonfliesandme.com to purchase my original cookbook, Lovingly Seasoned Eats and Treats in either a spiral bound soft cover OR NEW, a Downloadable PDF version. The cookbook has almost 1000 recipes on almost 500 pages! Check out the Cookbook Testimonials while you’re there!

Please watch the full video for complete instructions on how to properly roll your cabbage rolls.

1. Take your head of cabbage and place it on the counter or cutting board with the stem end up facing you. With a sharp knife, blade facing away from you, cut straight down about an inch away from the stem on all four sides. It will look like a square. It is important that each cut crosses over the one next to it. This will allow the leaves to be easily removed while boiling.

2. In a large stock pot, fill with enough hot water that the cabbage will be submerged with the exception of the stem end. Place the cabbage stem up into the water; Bring the water to a boil and turn down the heat.

3. While cabbage is cooking, in a large bowl combine all the other ingredients except the tomato juice and mix until completely blended; once well blended add about 2 cups of the tomato juice. 

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4. In a 9x13x2 inch baking dish, place 2 cups of the tomato juice along the bottom of the dish; reserve remaining juice to pour over the finished cabbage rolls.

5. Boil cabbage for about 2 to 3 minutes and begin removing the outer leaves one at a time. Carefully do this so not to burn yourself using large serving forks. Carefully roll the cabbage so you can maneuver the leaf off without tearing it. You don’t want the leaves fully cooked as they will tear and not be workable.

6. Remove the par cooked leaves into a bowl to cool.

7. To make a cabbage roll:

  1. Carefully cut the rib from the center of the cabbage leaf and discard.
  2. Next take about ¼ to a ⅓ cup of the meat and rice mixture and place it in the top of the leaf. 
  3. Roll up, then pull the left side of the leaf over and the the right side of the leaf over; roll the remaining leaf upwards

8. Place cabbage rolls into the tomato sauce lined baking dish.

9. When all the rolls are done, pour the remaining tomato juice over the rolls making sure they are submerged in the juice. You can sprinkle a bit more salt and pepper over the top if you’d like.

10. Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 2 hours.

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Until next time remember to,
Eat fresh, shop local & have a happy day,


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Thanksgiving: How-to host the perfect holiday dinner!

“Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.
~Willard Scott

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year right along with Christmas. Autumn is so beautiful with the splendid colors, the rustic smell of fallen leaves, and of course the cackling of the blue jays. But even better than all that, I love to decorate for the the holidays.

I wanted to share a few of my holiday decorating tips with all of my wonderful Dragonfly friends. I thought I’d start with Thanksgiving as I don’t really do a lot of Halloween décor. I generally keep to a fall theme. I hope you enjoy this post, and please be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

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I always prep the day before I host a holiday meal or party. I love to entertain and make my guests feel incredibly special. As most of you know I am a mother of six with two grandsons, so we often gather at my home as it has the most space.

Pro tip: If you are bringing in additional tables & chairs, bring them in the day before and get them set with whatever linens, dinnerware, flatware, glasses, etc. This will alleviate so much day-of event stress! As you can see from these pictures, each guest has a linen napkin tied with a piece of raffia and then a special name tag at their place.

Layering makes a showy table! As you can see, I have a table cloth, table runner, dinner & salad plate along with a linen napkin. Each place setting is different which adds to the elegance of the table.

Name tags make people feel special! When your guests arrive and see the extra effort you made to the point of making handmade name tags, they will feel all the love you put into this task!

Use real greenery & gourds!
I have a smorgasbord of living vines including bittersweet in my woods and the ditches around me. I love to incorporate beautiful fall leaves as well. A table centerpiece is so inviting!

Pro Tip: To make name tags I simply cut 4″ x 4″ squares of card stock, fold in half to make a tent style card, and then place a black name label on it. I used chalkboard paint markers to write my guests names. Be careful to let them dry adequately or they will smudge!

Pro Tip: Be eclectic!!! I do love things to match, but I also love showing off several different styles of linens & plates.

My grandson’s love to see their special plates and personalized name tags!

Pro Tip: Shop the dollar stores & thrift shops! I love to find interesting, one-of-a-kind pieces of glassware, linens, and glasses.

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

All these wonderfully yummy recipes will post on November 16th right before Thanksgiving, so keep posted on my Facebook page for that reminder!

What is a holiday with a Mimosa!

Pro Tip: DON’T use Brut Champaign, it is too bitter!

Herb Roasted Turkey

Our Favorite Pecan & Apple Pie Recipes!

Pro Tip: If you are not a baker like my daughter Taylor is, don’t feel bad to purchase pies from a bakery new you. Supporting local is awesome!

So-Yum Mashed Potatoes & Dad’s Delicious Stuffing

Grandma’s Cabbage Rolls!

Mimosa’s are so easy to make! All you need is a Spumante Champaign, some orange, pineapple & cranberry juice.
Mix 1 part Champaign with 1 part juice. I like to mix the orange & pineapple, but my favorite is a cranberry mimosa!

Pro Tip: If you don’t want all the work of making cabbage rolls, you can make a cabbage roll casserole! You can find this recipe in my popular cookbook, Lovingly Seasoned Eats & Treats. Purchase at this link: www.fordragonfliesandme.com

Of course we will have my famous Real Pumpkin Pie as well. For those of you who have my cookbook, this recipe can be found on page 304 of my cookbook.

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Happy Day,