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It’s a new year and time to get busy in the kitchen again. The leftovers are long gone, but the tempting aromas of holiday food still linger in my nostrils. It’s time to get busy in the kitchen so the first thing I decided to cook was a creamy herbed polenta casserole. Let me say, this is definitely a potluck kind of dish if there ever was one. It is loaded with cream, which makes it super rich. It has a subtle herby flavour, but nothing too intense, so it pairs well with meats, beans and a variety of vegetables making it ideal for a potluck plate. And, it goes a long way.
Every new year I reflect on my accomplishments from the past year and set obligatory resolutions and 2015 has been no exception. I hardly ever make diet or fitness resolutions, as many people do, but my go-to resolution crutch is writing: writing every day, using a new word every day, writing better, developing stories, et cetera. Like clockwork, I’ve promised myself to write better this year. So, dear reader, I hope my writing delivers more to you this year than ever before.
Probably the most engaging topics are stories, and the most recent story I have is that of my holidays. I spent Christmas with my BFF’s family in rural Canada. The air was crisp, the fields were white and spirits were high. My favourite part was a one-dollar gift exchange. I had found some quirky gifts for the rest of the family, including a ridiculously happy “hip-hop hopper”, which was really just a ball with a spring on it. And I received a lovely book-pressed leaf as well as many other cute and thoughtful trinkets.
Along with the aforementioned presents, I got lots of chocolate, and I love chocolate more than anything else. I received some cute handmade chocolate mice. They were simple, but adorable. I wish I had taken a picture, but you’ll just have to imagine a chocolate covered cherry where the stem is the mouse tail and a kiss is affixed for the nose and two little chocolate chips for the ears. It’s completed with some icing eyes. Adorable and delicious.
What’s your favourite food of the holiday season? It’s no secret what mine is. I’d love to hear yours, so please share in the comments.
To accompany this rich dish, here’s a tasty song by an American band with two lead ladies. They go by the name Lucius. The song is fun, but the video is even funner. Check it out:
Now, to the kitchen.
Herbed Push and Polenta, with Parmesan
(Lifted from Maria Helm Sinskey)
Makes enough for about 15 side servings.