I recently found out that even though I have been absent from my blog and just came back yesterday, that I have had an influx in readers. Yay! I am so happy to have you all here. So for you new readers that don’t know, every month I feature a cookbook of the month and write a little review and share a few recipes from said chosen cookbook. I am not paid or asked to do this. I have this little feature because I have a little bit of a cookbook
hoarding collecting problem and since I have way more cookbooks, which contain way more recipes than I could possibly make in my life time, I thought this would be a good way to actually ‘use’ my cookbooks and at least make a few things from each book (before it gathers perma dust on the bookshelf).
At times I have thought of stopping this feature because I don’t want to infringe on copy write issues, but I figure that since each recipe I find in my trusty cookbooks I take as inspiration and transform them into my own unique version, all is well (right? also other blogs share recipes from cookbooks too so I am not the only one). And, since I have a
huge slight obsession with the Food Network and all of their famous chefs and own a lot of their cookbooks, a lot of theses recipes can be found on the Food Network website.
Like this month’s cookbook author (or Eric’s ‘other girlfriend’ lol): Giada De Laurentiis. This month I am featuring the cookbook “Giada’s Family Dinner“. I was excited to feature this cookbook because I wanted to really hone my Italian cooking skills (one of the main reasons I think Eric likes Giada so much is because of his own Italian roots and love of their food). There are so many great Italian recipes in this book. From soups and salads to sandwiches and main entrees and my favorite dessert.
Herbed Cheese Polenta
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 5-6
5 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon dried Italian parsley leaves
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Bring the water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 12-15 minutes. Add the cheese, milk, butter, parsley, rosemary, thyme, and pepper, and stir until the butter and cheese melt. Remove from heat and transfer the polenta to a bowl and serve.
adapted from “Giada’s Family Dinner” by Giada De Laurentiis
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