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Porcini Mushroom Cornbread Recipe Recipe

I love making this foolproof cornbread recipe. The only difference between versions is the flavor combination. The list of adaptations is endless. I never have a specific idea of the meal I'm going to prepare on a daily basis. My first reflex is to inspect my refrigerator, then go through the pantry and finally mix and match flavors that can complement one another. That's the beauty of cooking.

This time, I mixed crushed hazelnuts, dried porcini mushrooms and roasted garlic into the batter. The pungency from the garlic, the richness from the hazelnuts and the extravagance of the mushrooms created the ultimate, most luxurious cornbread I could think of. Don't you agree?


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Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

11.07.13 by Jackie

This pumpkin cornbread is so delicious, I promise, once you try it, this will become a staple for your Thanksgiving meal. There are a few key ingredients that make this cornbread sensational: pumpkin of course, buttermilk, brown sugar and semolina. I did use cornmeal but the semolina gives a little oomph to the texture and a nice crunchy outer layer.

You've probably noticed I've been baking a lot these days. The only downside to baking so much is I have all the girls staring at the oven, complaining and asking every minute when it's going to be ready. They end up not being able to focus on their homework because an intoxicating, Thanksgiving smell permeates every single room of our house!


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Creamy Pesto Polenta Recipe Recipe

Creamy Pesto Polenta Recipe

10.04.12 by Jackie

In this recipe I brightened a creamy polenta dish with homemade pesto. The pesto is made with parsley, pine nuts and roasted garlic. To ensure fluffy polenta, I incorporated whipped cream. The result is spectacular, almost dessert-like.

This delicious side dish pairs wonderfully with beef steaks. I’ve also served it with a red cabbage coleslaw so the colors pop on the plate. You know the saying: you eat with your eyes first!


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Mushroom and Gorgonzola Polenta Recipe Recipe

The most common side dishes I serve at home are rice, pasta, bread and potatoes (shameless plug: don't forget to pre-order my Haute Potato cookbook on Amazon!). I think that’s probably the case in most homes. Today, I made something different for a change. I happened to reorganize my pantry early this morning and found lots of containers of corn meal, which I usually use to make corn bread, but also is the main ingredient in polenta. Polenta can serve as an excellent starch, and lends the opportunity to layer on many different flavors. In this particular version, I added morel and baby Bella mushrooms, which give an earthy flavor to the polenta, and gorgonzola for creaminess and a little zing. 

I grilled a few smoked chicken and apple sausages and Tofurky® Italian sausages to complete the meal. You could slice them and add them directly to the polenta as well. Either way, this meal was absolutely delicious!


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