Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

Read of my exploits in the kitchen! Salivate over the descriptions of fabulous desserts and savory meals I've concocted!

No, seriously...go ahead. It'll make my day.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Welcome to Polentadome


Two men enter, one man leave

No, just kidding. More like the battle between cook and cornmeal!

I got ambitious, and attempted to make Moosewood's Polenta Dome.

It didn't sound like it would be too big a deal. Oh, what a puny mortal I am!

Start out with some chopped onion, and garlic, as well as finely chopped sage and grated butternut squash.

Saute the garlic and onions till caramelized...

Meanwhile, cook the polenta in some broth; I used homemade veggie broth. (Funny, the silly book has you stirring the polenta WHILE peeling, seeding and grading the squash. Huh?)

I just love multi-tasking, don't you? (Look closely and you'll see the hideous paneling our kitchen was covered in. We haven't been able to get to the bit behind the counters yet...worst case scenario, we put up black and white tiles as a backsplash. Anything but that icky fake wood!)

Add squash and sage to onions, and cook for just a few minutes.

When polenta is ready, add veggies. If you want, add about a cup of sharp cheese (I went with a fabulous Irish cheddar.)

When properly mixed, pour it all into a well-oiled bowl. Leave till set.

Carefully unmold onto a baking sheet, and bake till crispy.

Ok...so, everything sounds good, right?

Oh, no.

It went in a dome, but came out?

a polenta pancake.

Oh, well...better luck next time.

2 Thoughts for food:

At 7:16 PM, Blogger nicole said...

What exactly is polenta?

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...



n : a thick mush made of cornmeal boiled in stock or water

But that doesn't sound appetizing, does it?

Polenta is...wow. Hard to explain! It's wonderful, and can be used for so many things (grits are basically the same thing. Grits are Southern USA and polenta is Italian); you can cook some up and serve it for breakfast with some syrup. You can use it in place of a pasta. It's not difficult to make, and if you're really lazy, you can buy a pre-made tube at the grocery store.

I encourage you to experiment with it...it's good for people who might be starting up their very own independent movie theater and are on a budget...


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