About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

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Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Beef Rolls with Red Cabbage and Chianti Wine


I work weekends in a retail store. This weekend gave me a sampling of the busy shopping season that is coming in the weeks ahead. It is Sunday night and I am tired. As I settled into my fuzzy slippers and blow on my hot cup of tea, I realized I did not get the cheese. My quiet moment will have to wait.

I decided to go to the closest high end grocery store. I was fairly sure they would carry Fontina. They did. Well, sort of. I found a beautifully crafted label a top a wedge of Wisconsin “Fontina” cheese. This cheese was as white as cream cheese and I’m sure just as tasteless. After the day I’ve had, I was not willing to drive the 64 miles round trip to the store I absolutely knew would have imported Italian Fontina. I picked out a substitute. I am not a cheese connoisseur. I chose a nice pale yellow, creamy looking wedge of imported Jarlsberg because of the buttery and nutty description.

At home I thinly sliced my red cabbage before sautéing it with olive oil and garlic. I let the cabbage cook down as instructed. My beef slices were thin but I gave them a few poundings before rolling them with the boiled ham and Jarlsberg. When I tasted the cabbage to check for softness I was surprised how delicious it was. I could have eaten the whole skillet for dinner by myself. Normally, I eat red cabbage raw and use green cabbage for cooking. I browned the beef rolls. The cabbage was added to the pan then I poured in the wine. Smells yummy!

The beef and cabbage is done after ten more minutes of cooking. This is a hearty but not heavy meal full of wonderful flavor. The wine adds a layer of fruitiness. The Jalrsberg worked out fine. The rich, nutty profile played well against the saltiness of the ham and sweetness of the beef. I enjoyed it and so did my family.


Comments (3)

It looks and sounds wonderful Irene. I am no cheese expert, but it sounds like you did a good job with the substitution. Good for you for not caving in and buying what sounds like a tasteless product.

Irene, any leftovers?

Marcella Hazan:

Terrific intuition, Irene. I have used domestic fontina in circumstances that resemble yours, when I found myself in odd corners of the country giving demonstrations. It is as tasteless as it looks and you wonder what prompts people to make it, and others to buy it. Jarslberg is fine and so, should you have to make that kind of choice again, is Gruyere.

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