Oooohhh I was so super excited to receive an email from Jenn of eatingbender last night letting me know that I was the Judge and Manager of this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient Party! Ok, yes, I gave myself those titles, but can’t a girl dream? Yipee! Boy was it hard to choose what to pick!
There were so many options that just seemed natural to follow the last two weeks of fun, but I decided not to go that route. Instead, I was a little selfish, and decided on…..
I feel like lots of people are afraid to cook with polenta, so it is in of some serious lovin! I love polenta and you all should too! My grandmother has so many stories to tell about polenta, and I am going to share the most interesting one.
During World War II nonna lived in Trieste, Italy (she still lives there). They had salt, but no polenta or any kind of flour, and a neighboring town had polenta, but no salt. A trade was in order! So one day my nonna and her sister in law loaded up their backpacks with salt and headed into the other town to make a trade. They had no problems on the way there, but on the way back they sure did. The trains were packed and there was no room for them! With their backpacks full of polenta, but little money in their pockets, they weren’t sure what to do. So, they started walking. A short while later an army truck came by. Following the lead of others around them, both nonna and her SIL started running after it to jump onto the back and hitch a ride. Nonna made it and took the long ride back to Trieste. Now, the only problem was that by the time she made it back it was dark out, and curfew had begun at sundown. Nonna had to hide in the shadows of the night to sneak back to her apartment. Luckily, she and her sister in law both made it home safely that night, and had polenta to cook for the next several weeks.
All this, for a backpack of polenta. And since nonna and her family regarded it so highly in that time, when food was scarce, it is really the only option I could have chosen for BSI this week.
Have fun with it, and report back your findings!
Here are the basic rules:
You have until the end of the day on Sunday to post recipes using the BSI. Please link back to this site, and also email me either the link or the recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org so I don’t miss anyone. I am going to keep the fun of winners alive and send the winner (selected by PhillyBoy) a mini fall surprise basket (well, box, but use your imagination haha). It will be a nice little box filled with fun fall things and treats!
I’m so excited!
Here’s the BSI history, for anyone who wants it: