The last few weeks have been jam-packed with nonstop activities! In April, we celebrated my little sister’s 25th birthday, Matt was a groomsman in a wedding, we went to a three day country music festival in southern California called Stagecoach, and best of all…I picked up and moved myself back to wine country in good ‘ol Livermore, CA.
It’s been crazy ya’ll.
Stagecoach was seriously one of the best vacations I’ve had in a long time.
We went with a group of about 20 people and 3 RV’s, and “glamped” onsite Thursday-Monday of the festival week. Such a fun group to hang with all weekend!
The RV campsite was a blast as well, and we made a ton of new friends. There were hundreds of people hanging out and playing cornhole, ladder ball, football, and various camping games during the day, and then trekking off to the music area for the shows from midday to night.
We saw Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and ZZ Top (my favorite), amongst a ton of other great artists. We even got up close and personal with a few of the big artists.
Ha! Okay, maybe we didn’t get any official meet and greet time with the celebrities, but it was still a great time. Even if you aren’t a huge country fan, there’s no way you can have a bad time there. We’ll definitely be back next year, so if you make arrangements to go, make sure you look for me!
In the midst of all the fun activities in April, I came across a great opportunity to move myself back to my old stomping grounds in Livermore. I love this up-and-coming city, situated in beautiful wine country, and I’m really excited to be back here. Not to mention, all the gas money I’m saving since I no longer have to commute back and forth between here and my old hometown of San Ramon. My roommates are some friends from my Crossfit box, and it’s been so much fun with them so far. I have a great feeling about this new chapter I’ve started. Good things are happening, people!
As of this morning, I finally unpacked the last box at the house and feel totally settled. It’s such a relief not having a bunch of boxes everywhere, scrambling to look for items, and trying to figure out where all my things are.
*Cue sigh of relief *
I’ve been saving this this recipe for you, if you can even call it such a thing. It’s the easiest thing in the world, requires about 5 minutes of effort and only has 4 ingredients. Now that’s my kind of recipe.
The star ingredient in this dish is the often overlooked cruciferous vegetable, brassica oleracea, also known as cabbage.
Cabbage isn’t terribly exciting and usually requires a little effort to make into a pleasant dish, due to it’s tough leaves. It’s most often made into coleslaw, found on the tables of summertime barbecues and parties.
Speaking of, have you tried my tomato citrus coleslaw yet?
No? You’re in luck, because you can find the recipe here.
So besides a nice ‘slaw, what are other ways you can enjoy your cabbage without spending hours over the stove, boiling down those tough leaves?
Let me tell you about roasted cabbage. First off, it’s amazing. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Roasting it makes it slightly crispy on the outside, with a nice caramelized, almost nutty flavor. Once you bite into a wedge of roasted cabbage, the inside is soft and tender, as if it had been boiled for hours.
But you didn’t spend hours…you spent approximately 25 minutes. Boom.
Roasted Cabbage Wedges
- (1) head of green cabbage
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- Sea salt, pepper, and granulated garlic to taste
Other Tools Needed:
- Your favorite chef’s knife
- Cutting board
- Roasting pan
Preheat the oven to 400°(F) / 200° (C). Cut the head of cabbage into 8 small wedges, and place them on the roasting pan.
Season the wedges generously with the sea salt, pepper and garlic and then drizzle with olive oil. Roast these in the oven for about 20 minutes, when the outside layers start to brown a little.
You can slice right into these with a fork and knife, or you can do it the fun way and grab it with your hands and take a bite right out. Your choice.
‘Til next time!