Posts Tagged ‘Stuffed Cabbage’

Bobe Bopsy’s Holiptches: The Perfect Thing to Have for Dinner During Yesterday’s Nor’easter Snowstorm!

March 8, 2018

I make holiptsches (translation:  stuffed cabbage) once each winter. For the past few years, they’ve been the main course for our Purim dinner. Last year, that dinner was at Jen and Louis’s apartment, and she and I made them together. This year, Michael and I were in the city on Purim (Thursday, March 1st). We came in the evening before and stayed for several days. We did get together with Jen and Louis but not for a Purim dinner. So, no hopliptches until…

Fast forward to yesterday. The kind of weather that just begs for hearty comfort food. And what’s a perfect hearty dish?  Bobe Bopsy’s Holiptches, of course!

I put them together in the morning.

At Home: March Nor-easter Dinner

(Note: I made more cabbage rolls than I’d anticipated, so I added another can of tomato sauce to the pot.)

By mid-afternoon they were ready.

At Home: March Nor-easter Dinner

We began dinner with Vegetarian Chopped Liver, a favorite forshpeiz (that’s “appetizer” for the Yiddish impaired).

At Home: March Nor-easter Dinner

Then, the pièce de résistance! (How’s that for mixing languages?)

At Home: March Nor-easter Dinner

As usual, seriously yum!!


The Blizzard of 2017 That Wasn’t

March 15, 2017

Yup! It didn’t happen. At least, not in our area. For sure, you’ll hear not a peep of a complaint from moi! It started snowing in the middle of the night but by early morning, it turned to a mix of rain and icy rain. The “Blizzard Warning!” was rescinded and snow accumulation amounts were reduced considerably. By around noon, precipitation stopped altogether though there was a very brief period of snow flurries around 3 p.m. The always reliable Sanchezes showed up to plow our driveway of what was about 3 inches of heavy, waterlogged snow.

Jen kept the leftover stuffed cabbage from our Purim dinner, so on Monday evening, I made another batch for Michael and me. Perfect comfort food for a blizzard. Or for just frigid wintry weather.

At Home: Bobe Bopsy's Holiptches

Last night’s dinner:

Vegetarian Chopped Liver

Vegetarian Chopped Liver*

At Home: Bobe Bopsy's Holiptches

Bobe Bopsy’s Holiptches with Steamed Potatoes

*Vegetarian Chopped Liver is composed of French-style canned green beans, hard-boiled egg, and fried onions. I combine them the old-fashioned way — in a wooden chopping bowl using a hand chopper — and chop until it resembles chopped liver.

The recipe for the stuffed cabbage is here.

Purim Dinner at Jen & Louis’s Apartment

March 12, 2017

Homemade Gluten-free Hamantaschen

Today is Purim. Last night, we had our Purim dinner with Jen and Louis. Instead of having it at our apartment as we usually do, we had it at Jen and Louis’s place. And… She and I prepared it together.

Before coming into the city, I baked two kinds of gluten-free Hamantaschen: Prune and Apricot (pictured above).

Dinner started as our holiday meals always do with my famous Chopped Salad. Jen made it and did an ace job.

Chopped Salad

The main course was Bobe Bopsy’s Holiptches, my maternal grandmother’s recipe passed down to me by my Aunt Symie. One of my earliest blog posts was about them and included the recipe.* While Jen had a copy of the recipe, she’d never made it. It was great fun preparing it together.

Stuffed Cabbage

To go with the holiptches we prepared Steamed Potatoes. Jen peeled and I sliced.

Steamed Potatoes

The four of us agreed that the holiptches were seriously delicious, and the steamed potatoes were the perfect accompaniment.

Stuffed Cabbage & Steamed Potatoes

An article in the Times talked about the savory hamantaschen Breads Bakery was selling: roasted beets and potato with caramelized leeks. Jen was interested in trying them, so since our apartment is not far from Breads, she asked us to pick up some and bring them along. While she and I were cooking, the guys bundled up and took a walk to By the Way Bakery, a gluten-free bake shop, to get some of their prune and apricot hamantaschen.

We ended the meal with a hamantaschen taste testing.


Left: Mine; Top Center: By the Way; Bottom Right: Breads

Michael liked the savory ones, but Jen and I didn’t. Louis thought the ones from By the Way were good, but he liked mine better. (Smart!)

It was great spending yesterday afternoon and early evening with our favorite daughter and son-in-law. Yes, I know, we have no other….

Michael and I came back to NJ early this morning. Now, with snow in the forecast, I think I’ll cook up a pot of holitpches for the two of us.

Happy Purim!

*To read the post “Bobe Bopsy’s Holiptches,” click here.