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Today I have just a couple of fun items for you.

Irony

Does anyone besides me see the irony in this picture?

 

Singing Anesthesiologists

Found this cool You Tube video of 5 Minnesota anesthesiologists and part-time singing group who call themselves the Laryngospasms.

If I ever have to go to the hospital I want to go to the one where these guys work. If you have to cut your body open it would certainly be more fun with these guys hanging around.

Check out their other videos on You Tube too. I like Mr. Gasman.

                                                                                                                                                     

Featured Recipe           Sautéed Cabbage in Butter

Sautéing is one of the easiest ways to cook. Sautéing is just cooking food quickly and lightly, usually over medium to medium-high heat, in a little butter, oil, or fat until it is browned and cooked through. The benefits of sautéing are that food is browned while preserving its texture and flavor.

One of my favorite side dishes is sautéing cabbage in butter. This simple cooking method brings out all the sweetness in the cabbage. Butter and cabbage are a marriage made in 7th heaven. So delicious!!

Since sautéing usually requires medium to medium heat or higher and since butter usually burns over high heat and since burned butter does not taste good, the usual method of sautéing is with oil.

But you can get around this by using clarified butter.

Clarified butter is anhydrous milk fat rendered from butter to separate the milk solids and water from the butterfat. [Source Wikipedia]

Got that?  Me neither. I understood separating solids from water, but the rest of it? Not so much.

You can make clarified butter yourself. They say it is easy. I am not so sure. I have never tried. Following is a link to a site that tells you now to make clarified butter.

You can also buy clarified butter at some grocery stores and many specialty food stores. Ghee is a type of clarified butter. The distinction escapes me. But then many things escape me.

Both clarified butter and ghee are some what expensive. Not extremely so. I buy it. It lasts a long time since I do not use it everyday. So for me it is an expense I decide to make since I love sautéed food.

This entire discussion took longer than it will take to actually make Cabbage Sauteed in Butter. So the hard part is over now.

Let’s get cooking.

This is what you will need for 2-4 people:

1 head of cabbage

A couple of tablespoons clarified butter

 Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Melt some clarified butter in a heavy skillet and heat to medium to medium high.

Cut the cabbage into quarters. No need to core the cabbage. If you core the cabbage it will fall apart in the skillet and/or when you turn it.

When the butter is good and hot (Carefully splash a small, little tiny wee bit of water into the skillet. Just slightly wet a finger or two and then shake. If  it sizzles loudly and jumps around like a cat on a hot tin roof it is hot enough.) place the cabbage wedges in the hot butter.

Sauté for about 5-7 minutes on one side or until the cabbage is brown. I know when it is just getting to that stage as I can smell it. Once you can smell the cabbage starting to brown or almost burn, let it sauté about 1 or 2 minutes more.

Then carefully turn the cabbage wedge over and do the same thing on the other side.

Remove from the pan, plate, and add some salt and pepper. If you want to be real decadent and can afford the calories melt a little butter and pour over the cabbage before adding the salt and pepper. Oh my!! 7th heaven to the 1,000,000th power!!!

I like to serve this with pork chops dredged in some flour, oregano, and salt and pepper, then pan fried and some boiled red potatoes.

Cost

1 medium head cabbage              $0.80

2 tablespoons clarified butter        $0.80*

Salt & pepper to taste

Total cost for 4 wedges = $1.60
Per person cost for 3 = $0.53
Per person cost for 2  = $0.80

A really quick and easy, delicious, inexpensive side dish.

*The clarified butter information below is for information purposes only. No endorsement is being made.

I figured the cost using the clarified butter I cook with. I am not promoting O’Dell’s. I am not being paid one penny. O’Dell’s doesn’t know me or I them. And they do not know I have written this blog post. Truth be known they probably do not even know this little blog even exists!! The price on the internet site I found is the price I pay without s&h. Or it was the last time I bought it. It may have gone up since then. The package says you can keep it on the counter. But I keep it in the fridge anyway.

Following is a link to a site with several other clarified butter and/or ghee products. Again, no endorsement is implied by giving you this information.

Quote of the Day:   The 10 Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.

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  • It’s the escalator! I love stairs, even though I can no longer walk up to the fourth floor of Kaiser without getting short of breath (the floors are especially far apart). I do it anyway.

    I have been using ghee lately – from the Indian grocery. The brand I buy has no added salt, which I thought was nice. I was familiar with ghee from reading about Tibet – Tibetans put ghee in their tea. I’d never tried it before. I put a little on a soft boiled egg in the morning. It seems to melt faster than butter.

    I like the quotation. No wonder people are angry at their government these days.