This is a fantastic recipe (one of many) from Georgeanne Brennan’s Potager. It makes great leftovers, too (see tomorrow’s lunch!)
You make polenta (salted water:polenta = 6:1), stirring frequently over about 40 minutes. You are supposed to add grated white cheddar right after cooking, but I forgot. Interestingly, D thinks he actually forgot to buy the cheddar, so I get to share the blame a little 😉 Separately, you cook a bunch of cleaned chard and another bunch of cleaned… something (escarole?) I used mustard greens this time…, with minced garlic and thin sliced red, orange, and/or yellow peppers (two normal – I used three small). You cook the peppers with a minced clove of garlic in oil for 2ish minutes, then add the cleaned, spun, and air-dried (not completely) greens…
I also made my favorite salad: romaine, avocado, olives (Nicoise this time, as is most often the case). I used avocado oil I got at Costco, and it was good though not exciting, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
Wanting to avoid the Bowl if at all possible on the Saturday before Christmas [eventually it wasn’t, but I didn’t know that yet], I resolved to buy bread at the Farmers’ Market when I went there for our Blue Bottle coffee beans. I would otherwise have turned away at the price ($5.50!) but I went ahead and bought a loaf of Morell’s Country Batard (I’m pretty sure that is the name, from the ones on their site). It is a delicious bread, and makes especially good toast – still good as I add this two days later.
D chose a Chateau Liversan, but it was corked so he went back down and got a 2008 Villa Antinori (from Costco), which was great with dinner.