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1/28/10 10:33 A

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sounds good

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1/26/10 11:22 A

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You can mix any kind of cheese into it too-- feta, cheddar, etc. I read a recipe once that used slices of polenta in a lasagna instead of the noodles... I might have to dig that out and try it soon!

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10/25/09 1:17 P

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Here is one of my Favorite Recipes:

Polenta with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
Serves 6


Ingredients
4 cups water
Salt to taste
1 cup polenta
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 pound button mushrooms, sliced
3/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
Pepper to taste
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 thinly sliced leeks (white and light green part only)
2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
2 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled

Method
Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium pot. Add the polenta while whisking constantly to avoid lumps and cook according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook until browned. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the mushrooms begin to release their liquid. Add garlic and leeks and continue cooking until leeks are wilted and soft. Add rosemary and season with salt and pepper; set aside.

When polenta is ready, serve immediately and top with cooked mushrooms and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.

I have also done it the fast way of using the Polenta in the tube and just cooked the mushrooms as above and just spooned it over the slices. I prefer it nice and creamy though and make it from scratch as in the receipt above.





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10/23/09 6:01 A

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Y'all got me wonderin' - so I did a little research and found these two pages, which were both very interesting and informative:
www.seriouseats.com/talk/2008/03/gri
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polenta.html

www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season8/grit
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true_grit_trans.htm


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10/22/09 10:42 P

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Yes. Grits and polenta are the same thing.

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10/22/09 10:32 P

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I think it's similar, but honestly I've never had grits.



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You know... there is a recipe on the box for "cornmeal mush" - I bet that's what it is! Thanks - I'm gonna try it! I love grits; is it similar?

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10/22/09 2:12 P

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I just boiled cornmeal, I didn't get the premade stuff. I bought it in bulk at whole foods, along with some other stuff. It was just delicious, though! Creamy and sweet and smooth. Boy, I'd love a bowl right now, it's so cold in my school...



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What is your recipe? I just bought some white cornmeal last week.

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10/22/09 6:07 A

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You can buy premade polenta and there are some brands that are organic, but it is easy to make yourself with any kind of cornmeal you choose.

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10/21/09 10:21 P

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Is your polenta made with white corn (so it's less likely to be GMO)? Do they make any like that?

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10/21/09 6:36 P

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I don't usually make it for breakfast. I make it for lunch or dinner and top it with seasoned black beans, sauteed mushrooms, or a pasta sauce. I add different herbs or spices depending on the direction I am going to go with it, but I don't do a lot of seasoning because I like the flavor of the topping to be the star.

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10/21/09 5:33 P

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OK, I made polenta for breakfast - it was SOOO yum! I put a spoonful of pumpkin butter in it and sprinkled a touch of brown sugar on top, I thought I'd donge to heaven! Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I can put in this becuase I am hooked! (i've already decided that maybe it needs some flaxseed or something to boost the nutritional content, becuase it does seem to be lacking in the fiber/fat categories)



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