A Round of Cabbage Trivia, Plus Italian Cabbage Rolls

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After spending some quality time breaking down, cleaning, and cooking a head of cabbage for this recipe, I realized how little I actually know about brassica oleracia (that's cabbage to you). The countless servings of coleslaw I've consumed are the base of my understanding, and I certainly noticed the veggie's presence in the Dutch staple stamppot (mashed potatoes mixed with steamed cabbage and sausage) when I studied abroad, but still I felt there must be something I could learn about these vegetal orbs. There was. Folks, it's ...

Holy Zeppole!

This past weekend America celebrated its greenest holiday (though some would argue Earth Day deserves that title). While these verdant festivities were originally a chance to recognize Ireland and its patron saint in all his glory, today it's (almost) exclusively about wearing and consuming green items. Which is all good and well--green in my favorite color, after all. But really, I have to hand it to the Italians this time. Because just two days after Saint Patrick's Day, Italy ignites in celebration of a different patron ...