Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are often considered the most comforting of dishes, so much so that every Eastern European country wants to stake claim on owning the original recipe. While there is no definitive origin story, the prevailing story is this: members of the Russian aristocracy, visiting France in the mid-1700s, became enamored with their dishes of stuffed and roasted pigeons. Upon returning home, they ordered the dish to be recreated, and the closest they could come were the stuffed cabbage rolls we know and love today. This is evidenced by the similarity between the Russian words for stuffed cabbage rolls (Golubtsy) and pigeons (Goluby).

In recent years, a new phenomenon has sprouted up: Lazy Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Regular cabbage rolls require you to par-boil the cabbage leaves and roll each wrap before roasting or simmering everything; the whole process can take hours. Instead, home chefs have been simply chopping up the cabbage and adding it to the filling, cooking everything at once in about 1/4 of the time. This is the variation we’re going to tackle today.

Be sure to check out the video after the recipe; now that we’ve relocated to a house with a larger kitchen, I filmed a short cooking demonstration of the dish. I’m still working out some production kinks, but if you like the video I’ll keep cracking at it!

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Great news! The Kindle version of my cookbook is part of a one-day sale next week, for only $.99 (normally $9.99)! If you’ve ever wanted to have a portable version of The Ancestral Table handy, this will be a great time to grab it; for example, I think it would be really convenient for you to have access to my recipes while grocery shopping. That’s worth a dollar, right? Nothing beats the feeling of flipping trhough a paper book, and truth be told navigating a Kindle cookbook takes a bit of effort, but you can’t argue with the price! (Also note that there is a “Give as a Gift” button on the Amazon site – hint hint.)

Bear in mind that most smart phones have a Kindle app which will allow you to access the book, so you don’t need an actual Kindle to enjoy my book while on the go. There are even Kindle desktop apps for those of you without smart phones. I actually don’t make any money off the book when it’s sold at this price – I’m just happy to get it into your hands and spread the word about delicious food.

This sale is part of a community-wide event, with plenty of other great eBooks on sale at the same time:

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant
Beyond Bacon by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry
The Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer and George Bryant
Gather, The Art of Paleo Entertaining by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason
Everyday Paleo By Sarah Fragoso
Sexy by Nature by Stefani Ruper
Free the Animal by Richard Nikoley
The Paleo Girl by Leslie Klenke
The Paleo Sweet Tooth by Alison Russo
Decadent Paleo Desserts by Hannah Healy
The Modern No Nonsense Guide to Paleo by Alison Golden
The Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook by Michelle Fagone

I suggest checking out the event site; there you can sign up to be notified immediately when the books go on sale, so that you don’t miss the deal. Remember, the books will be on sale for one day only, Tuesday, November 25th, 2014!

Note that some of the books above will be on sale for $1.99 vice $.99 because of length, but we don’t know which books (if any) will be at the higher (outrageous! ridiculous!) price.

Edit: the giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Maia Low who is the big winner!

You may have seen my recent recipes featuring some delicious meats from US Wellness Meats (including my liver and caramelized onions and honey and citrus glazed ham recipes). You may also have been salivating from the awesome looking meat and dreamed of making some of your own. Luckily for you, I am teaming up with US Wellness Meats to make your dreams a reality: we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate to their site!

And while a free $100 worth of meat sounds great, I have an even better proposal. How about you treat this $100 as a “grass-fed buffer” – in other words, calculate what you pay for the mediocre (and possibly toxic) meat that you can find at your local supermarket, and then use the $100 certificate to offset the cost of buying this delicious, healthy grass-fed beef. For example, let’s say you regularly pay $4/lb for ground beef at your supermarket. US Wellness Meats’ awesome 75/25 ground beef currently costs $6.45/lb. This means that if you win the giveaway, you could buy THIRTY EIGHT POUNDS of grass-fed ground beef for the same price as the same amount of conventional ground beef, and have money to spare even after paying their reasonable $7.50 handling fee (shipping on their site is free)! Just an idea – you can spend the $100 how you’d like, but that’s what I would do!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway (first one is required, second is optional):

1. Subscribe to the US Wellness Meats newsletter and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.
2. “Like” The Domestic Man facebook page and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.

If you do both options, I’ll give you two entries into the giveaway! You can tell me that you did both options in one comment instead of two. The giveaway ends midnight Saturday, February 11th, and I will select a winner using a random number generator sometime thereafter. Good luck!

Fine print: Giveaway for US residents only – US Wellness Meats is not able to ship internationally because of customs issues.

It’s probably pretty hard to track all of the food-related recommendations I make on my site, so I set up an store that you can use to easily peruse my favorite cookware, gadgets, ingredients, and cookbooks. I’ll be updating it as time goes on, so be sure to check back often – I made a handy little link to the store on the right-hand side of the site.

Keep in mind that while I totally recommend all of the products in my store, you may find better prices for many of the items locally (especially the food items). The cookware, gadgets, and books are priced pretty competitively though.

Good luck and happy shopping!