Easy Buttered Cabbage

I can be very indecisive. Just ask Marc. I can only imagine how annoying it is to him, because sometimes I even annoy myself. As a homeowner of an older home, it feels like we often have to make big decisions. Not life-altering decisions, but things that are semi-permanent and usually involve labor or large amounts of money. Which paint color will I still love in 6 months? Which countertop looks best in the kitchen? Is basic black the way to go with the roof? Marc very kindly puts me in charge of home aesthetics, but this can kick my indecisiveness into high gear.

After months with no home projects, I decided that it was time for us to get a new garage door and I was hoping to have a shiny new door in a week or two. After all, a company would be doing the installation. I should have known better, because it just always takes longer and costs more money every single time.

90% of the people in our neighborhood have the same garage door style, but as usual, my taste goes against the grain of the status quo. I often feel like I take the path less traveled. Does this happen to you, too? The one style that really caught Marc’s eye was $4,000! Nope. I want it to look updated, but also work with our 60’s ranch-style home. After lots of online research and long walks in our neighborhood, I officially know too much about garage doors. I think I’m getting closer to deciding, though.

I was having trouble making my mind up about cabbage, too. I hadn’t had a terrible experience, but did I like it? Was it worth investigating? I had cabbage at an Ethiopian restaurant and it was surprisingly my favorite dish, of all of the offerings, to grab with my stretchy bread. Then I came across this super simple preparation for cabbage that has it on the table in 15 minutes. It’s the perfect low-maintenance side to whatever else you’re cooking or pile it high on quinoa or cous cous.

If you’re still undecided on cabbage, see if this recipe changes things. The cabbage still has a bit of crunch and a touch of buttery sweetness. I love it speckled with lots of freshly ground pepper.

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    • Nancy – Me, too! This deciding business is for the birds πŸ™‚

      Jess – I’m sure I would have more respect for the cabbage if I invested the time, as well. I think we’ve almost made a decision!

  1. Cabbage is one of those vegetables I didn’t appreciate until I had a garden. Watching the head grow all spring and summer, chasing away caterpillars, and giving it plenty of water was a big investment of time and effort. I’ve never been so proud as I was the day I dug up the glorious, leafy cabbage. My husband loves it and I find it a very comforting vegetable. As for decisions, both the husband and I are VERY indecisive, which can lead to some frustrating moments where one wants the other to call it. πŸ™‚ Good luck with the garage door!

  2. I love cabbage a whole lot and I love how this is so simply prepared. Tomorrow we’re finalizing our first home purchase – it’s a condo since we live in the world’s most expensive real estate market. There will be no garage door hemming and hawing, but I’m sure there will be lots to think about and decisions to make! Yay for cabbage and garage doors (and the like)!

  3. Buttered cabbage is great! I like to steam my cabbage and add melted butter and toasted slivered almonds or poppyseeds at the end. Super simple and tasty!

  4. I can totally relate to your indecisiveness. Sometimes, I feel like I spend years picking out a dress, or a kitchen table (true story – it took several years of talking about getting a new one before we finally found the one!). I’m kind of on the fence on cabbage – I actually love it, but I always feel like it’s one of those ‘boring’ vegetables. I think it definitely needs it’s day in the spotlight πŸ˜‰ This sounds so simple, yet the perfect way to let this yummy vegetable shine through.

    • Kasey – Thank you for your supportive words on indecisiveness and I love your new table πŸ™‚ That’s the thing, though, right? It’s worth the back and forth because then you can be really proud of your decision. I never gave cabbage the respect it deserves, but I plan to change that!

  5. I am obsessed with household decisions. And, when I say that, I mean it. I hate decisions in general. I can’t even choose a meal off a menu. But, when it comes to home improvement, I won’t let my husband have any say. It has to be perfect! Like you, I have a ranch style home– 1957 and you always want something to look updated, but still fit the era of the house. Not easy! I’m also in the market for a garage door and would love it if you popped me an email when you figure it out.

    Also, the cabbage looks amazing. I go back and forth about cabbage. I love it when others cook it, but not myself. Ha. Add butter? Brilliant!

    • Robin – I am so happy to know that I am in good company with you πŸ™‚ I will happily send along garage door info when it is all settled! Yippee for mid-century ranches! We should try everything with butter by default, right? πŸ™‚

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