The story is that shortly before Christmas, a man came to my door and since I was standing in the kitchen and he could clearly see me, I had to answer it.
(For the record, I am tired of solicitors. They want to clean my carpets for "free." They want me to buy a newspaper prescription. They want me to sign up for pest control services. They want to sell me melting candy bars. The only solicitors I actually welcome whole-heartedly are the girl scouts, and none of them have been by in more than two years.)
The man at the door was with Farm Fresh To You, which thankfully I had heard of and knew was a legitimate service that delivers organic, local produce to your doorstep. As far as I know they currently serve only the SF Bay area. You choose the frequency and type of stuff you want and cancel at any time without a penalty fee. Since I'd actually been thinking of signing up for this anyway, I went ahead and did it.
I got some kind of special rate -- $25 for a small box delivered once every two weeks. The first box arrived New Year's Eve and from what I remember it contained:
Brocolli, collard greens, a yellow onion, many clementines and apples, mixed lettuce greens, and a red cabbage. So far I have used almost all of it, but I had this big red cabbage I wasn't sure what to do with. Until I thought of the red cabbage they serve at one of our favorite German restaurants -- Teske's.
Now, at Teske's, the focus is really on the meat. This is not a place you want to go if you are a vegetarian. And yeah, the meat's pretty good, but as I believe I've said before, I could really take or leave meat on most occasions. (That's what she said.)
What I really look forward to at Teske's are the sides. They have amazing red cabbage and hot German potato salad. So I decided to go ahead and make both of those last night with pork chops, and you guys -- SO GOOD. I've decided I won't be posting recipes here unless they are the bomb, and both my husband and I agree, if you are into German food, you will really like this stuff.
Ok, so this is going to be a lengthy photo essay containing numerous photos of freaking delicious German food. You have been warned.
Firstly, I got the red cabbage recipe off of Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen site. It was posted by a member called fire wife katie, who said the dish is one of her grandmother's. Now, it takes a lot for me to trust a stranger's recipe, if I've never tried making their stuff. I have trust issues. Pioneer Woman and Martha Stewart are my most tried and true recipe sources.
So I took a leap of faith.
Now it was time to make the potatoes. These are what I was really excited about. At Teske's they are so deliciously vinegary and wonderful. I could only hope to somewhat approximate their dish.
I used a Betty Crocker recipe. Her recipe calls for celery seed, which I didn't have on hand so I just left it out, and it was still the bomb. Proceed informed, dear reader.
By the way, does it irritate anyone else when recipes call for just "an onion"? I mean, hello. There are so many different kinds of onion. Are these recipes saying you could use ANY kind of onion you want? I'm just not sure.
Ok, so you guys, what the recipe said to do next made me very happy.
And I have lots of leftovers.
Live it. Love it. Learn it. Or is it Learn it, Live it, Love it? Does it matter? I'm not sure. Eat it. Repeat.
For the cabbage recipe, click here.
For the potato recipe, click here.
To make pork chops, salt and pepper some pork chops and fry in a pan. Amen and goodbye.
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