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The Way Auntie Used To Make It

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Moms are great, aren’t they?  They put up with annual trips to the ER with broken bones and/or knocked out teeth.  They drive you all around the tristate area to dance competitions, foregoing any social life they might be having.  And they put up with your 12-year long phase of eating only mustard sammiches, pizza and mac n’cheese.  Or maybe that’s just my mom 🙂

Tonight’s recipe comes from my mom who was cool enough to let me share it with you.

A peek into the kitchen window of Mrs. Herb Garden, mother of Parsley Sage

Sunday after-church visits to my grandmother/aunties house always smelled so delicious.  That’s because one of my aunties would be stirring a big pot of polenta bubbling on the stove.  Simmering away beside it was a yummy mixture of tomatoes, onions, garlic and meat of some sort.  My immediate family did not have lunch on Sundays because our evening meal on Sunday was usually really special and we were supposed to ‘save our appetites.’  Sometimes we fudged and our aunties would make us a small plate of this aromatic feast.  Little did we know that polenta is known to some as ‘peasant food.’  We loved it!

Parmesan Polenta
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2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup corn grits/polenta
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. 
  • Add the garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes making sure the garlic does not burn.  
  • Turn the head up to high, add chicken broth and bring to a boil
  • Gradually add the polenta while continually whisking
  • Once all the polenta is added, reduce heat to medium-low and stir frequently with a long-handled spoon
  • Stir for about 15 minutes, often
  • Once the mixture is creamy, remove from heat and add butter, salt and pepper
  • Gradually add the parmesan, stirring
  • Serve warm
Makes 4 servings.  Refrigerate any leftovers.  I serve mine with a mixture of stewed tomatoes, onion, garlic, mushrooms and chicken on top.
Parsley Sage back now. I served mine with stewed carrots, spring onions, scotch bonnet peppers and mushrooms and some lovely garlic and thyme grilled lamb chops. For dessert, I served a cassava (yucca) heavy cake I picked up at the 44th Annual Agriculture Show this morning!

And for post-dessert awesomeness?  Some of Norma’s world famous Irish Coffee.

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  1. Yummy!!! Your are lucky that your mum loves to cook 🙂

  2. Its nice to cook with recipes that are firm family favourites. You have anice space here,following your blog. Do drop by some time.

  3. Never had polenta cooked this way before, only in cakes and breads! Your mom sounds very special!
    Hi Mrs Herb Garden, if I'm living close by, I would definitely take up your invitation! Looks like I have to drool from over here!… Thank you! 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. I'm loving everything about this recipe!! Printed for later in the week!
    And thank you for the mom comment. My daughter's competition season starts Sunday… I've spent my day tacking a sash, rhinestoning costumes and setting up everything in the proper garment bags. Makeup, check. hair “stuff”, check, costumes, check, shoes, check… only thing missing is one pair of tan fishnet tights. In the mail!!
    Glad to know someone appreciates it!!

  5. Response from Mrs. Herb Garden.
    What Parsley Sage has omitted telling you is that we are very southern. So ya'll nice folks who made such kind comments are invited to the house for dinner. Glad everyone enjoyed the Polenta! When I have another burst of energy I'll see what else I can come up with. In the meantime, ENJOY your families and your food! 🙂

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  7. This polenta looks delicious, and I want to incorporate more polenta into my diet! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've added yours to my Google Reader and look forward to reading your future posts!

  8. Your mom's polenta looks and sounds fantastic.

  9. wow, your mom's polenta looks great, and that yucca cake, I have never seen that before I would love to try it!

  10. Oh! Love the idea of adding parmesan to the polenta…it sure brings extra taste to it 🙂 Looks good!

  11. I already know I'd like your mom and aunts a lot. The polenta sounds wonderful as does Sunday in that kitchen. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. Looks great. I love Sunday dinners!! With the mushrooms . . . YUM. Thanks 🙂

  13. You certainly know how to eat on Sundays. Your mom and aunts sound like very special people. You are one lucky girl Parsley Sage.

  14. Ooh this looks good! Yes props to your mom for putting up with your picky eating! Those frozen fish sticks you used to feed me were kind of gross. Hahah.

  15. Looks awesome!!! Like everything else you post on here. Loving the blog!!

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