I've noticed recently that this blog has gotten more 'food-ish' and I make no apology since I've really gotten into cooking in the last two years or so. I'm going to veer to other activities as I proceed but want to share some of the recipes and tips we learned in our four hour eat-fest.
|Stirring the polenta|
1 pounds Quaker corn meal
2 and one quarter quarts of salted water, boiling
large red tomato
- When salted water is boiling, whisk center of water to create a funnel and add 1 pound of corn meal slowly while mixing.
- Pour into quart glass or metal pan and refrigerate until set.
- When cool, slice into 1/2 inch slices and fry (no oil) in pan turning once. Set aside.
- In fry pan, add sliced tomato, topped with chopped garlic, salt, pepper and dash of dried oregano.
- Saute sliced shitake mushroom in olive oil for about 2 minutes.
- Place handful of arugula on flat salad plate dressed with olive oil, salt, pepper.
- Place polenta slice on top, then fresh mozzarella, fried tomato and sauteed mushrooms
- Drizzle balsamic reduction on top.
WOW...what an appetizer! We didn't think we could eat anything else after the Crostina but of course we did. This is the first of a couple of dishes that were prepared that evening...more in coming days.
But I heartily recommend a cooking class. Check local restaurants, the YMCA, adult education classes or community colleges in your area. Ask if it's hands-on or demonstration. a one-off or a series of classes, the price and length of class. It's a creative way to spend an evening with friends, relatives or as a treat just for yourself. Our class had a singer/musician who belted out favorite Italian songs during course transition times. Great fun, great food and an inspirational evening...give it a try!