Cabbage rolls: A labor (day) of love

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By Frank Chlumsky

Frank on Food

Been doing much cooking lately? I sure haven't. The recent wave of unbearable heat we've all had to endure this summer, not to mention the astronomical rise (and still rising) cost of food has all but kept me out of my beloved sanctuary, otherwise known as the kitchen.

Well, now the weather is cooling, and I've had my fill of salads and cold plates. Higher prices at the grocery store, however, are going to be with us for a while, so what else is there but to get creative, frugally speaking, and get back behind that stove.

As happens every year about this time, the welcome drop in temperature immediately has me thinking about those dishes that can transport me to the realm of contentment and well being. Recalling a memorable dinner I once had at the renowned Ashkenaz Restaurant and Deli on Chicago's North Side reminded me of a dish that not only meets the demands of comfort food, but one that is also easy on the wallet.

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