Archive for December, 2008

Basic Stovetop Polenta

December 8, 2008

I got a new cookbook a week ago on homecooked Italian family meals, and decided to try out their Polenta recipe.   Polenta is one of my early Italian favorites when I got into cooking back in 2000.    I ended up making some adjustments to their recipe because it needed a little more flavor (butter, pepper, a little more salt) + more water was added to soften up the mixture.   It was good, but I was reminded of a better recipe in Henry Hill’s the Wiseguy Cookbook which contains many of my adjustments.   This is a great cookbook for old Italian recipes and contains several stories from Henry Hill’s life in his family and the mafia.   

Usually when I make this recipe, I like to top it with my favorite spaghetti sauce to serve.    My favorite is from Figaretti’s, an excellent restaurant in Wheeling, WV.    You can find this sauce here at Penn Mac in the Strip.



Sweet Potato Casserole

December 7, 2008

This is another good recipe for the holidays that gets raves.   It’s a nice alternative to the savory dishes – and fits well in the holiday theme.   It’s also loaded with butter.    Thanks to Lisa for this recipe… this is hers.    I helped her this Thanksgiving and added some of my notes.


Buffalo Chicken Dip

December 2, 2008

I love making dips and this is a great one that I haven’t tried till just recently.    Thanks to Andy for sharing this one.    I just made this on Gameday this Sunday and it was excellent, I love buffalo wings!   It’s right up there with the cheesy bowl.