Monthly Archives: January 2010

Woodblock Printing – the work of Sabra Field

January 13, 2010

i cant not believe that i havent posted about this wonderful artist before!! im not sure how that happened, especially since i have one of her gorgeous prints hanging in my house – i look at every day! the one below is the one I have-

The artist is Sabra Fields, and a few years ago i had the distinct pleasure of meeting her at her home studio where she walked me through her art making practice. She uses a version of ancient woodblock printing. Her home, an old farm house nestled into a valley in the GREAT state of Vermont – along with the field off the back and beyond that a pond where otters can be seen romping around is more than inspirational.

She is an artist who followed her heart and passion and has been able to create beautiful works for more than 30 years! i cant express enough how moved i am by her and her work – it really strikes a deep cord with me – i get tingles looking at these prints

im really into the snow at night prints if you havent noticed – it reminds me of so many of the reasons i loved living there – that crispy sound fresh snow makes on a freezing cold vermont night – there is no better sound

she makes a lot of different prints, not just of the rolling vermont landscape – i love this little red boat and the artichoke too!

fruits of labor – stuffed cabbage leaves

January 9, 2010

these stuffed cabbage leaves were absolutely delicious and a different way to use a head of cabbage, it being winter an all lots of cabbage has been coming in my weekly produce box, and ive been trying to come up with creative and different ways of using it – this is and involved, but really really good one!!

this recipe is adapted from one found in the oct/nov ’06 edition of Eating Well – these can be made up to a day ahead too!
1/2 cup of brown or wild rice (i used a really yummy wild medley from trader joes)
1 cup of water
1 large Savoy cabbage (approx. 3lbs)
1 tbsp of EVOO
1 med leek white and light green parts only
3 sm/med. cloves of garlic
6 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1 lb veal (ground turkey would be good too)
2 tbsp of fresh dill
1 tsp of caraway seeds
1 tbsp of fresh or dried thyme
1 tbsp of hot paprika
3/4 tsp of salt
tsp of fresh black pepper
1 1/2 cup of no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1 tsp of honey
Preheat oven to 375
first combine rice and water in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil. cover, reduce heat, and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed – set aside to cool
while rice is cooking – fill a large pot or dutch oven full of water and bring to a boil. carefully peal of the largest 14 outer leaves of the cabbage (you should only need 12 but its nice to have backups) – when the water is boiling, drop in leaves and boil for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure all leaves blanch evenly. after 6 minutes drain and rise with cold water, set aside to continue cooling.
chop up approx. 2 cups of cabbage from what remains of the head and combine with chopped onion in a med sauce pan with the olive oil. cook, stirring often, until mixture is softened – 4-5 minutes. add the chopped garlic and continue cooking 1 additional minute. next add 4 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice – continue cooking and stir until the liquid has almost evaporated – set aside to cool.
next combine in a large bowl the meat, dill, caraway, thyme,paprika, S&P, rice and the onion and cabbage mixture. mix all of this together thoroughly. when the mixture has been combined, clear a workspace, and lightly oil the bottom of a large baking dish (9×13″). lay one of the cabbage leaves on the work surface – place a small handful, approx 1/3 cup of the mixture in the center of the leaf – fold in the sides of the leaf over the filling and then roll closed. place in the baking dish seam side down – repeat until mixture is gone.
finally – whisk together the honey, remaining 2 tbsp of lemon juice, chicken stock and tomato sauce – pour evenly over rolls. cover the baking dish tightly with tinfoil and place in the over for one hour. after one hour remove pan and uncover, baste rolls then place back in the oven and continue cooking and basting for an additional 15-20 minutes or until meat is cooked through –

i served these with a mixed green salad with orange and pomegranate seeds – enjoy!