Saturday, January 06, 2007

Everyone Likes To See A Pretty Girl Cry

I hadn't cooked a healthy dinner in I don't-know-how-long, apparently preferring to consume all December calories in the form of sweets and alcohol. Last night I wandered around ONF in stupefied daze ("Right! So THESE are those vegetable things again") for about an hour, picking random things that sounded good and wound up making turkey italian sausage in a tomato, fennel, spinach, and herb cream sauce over polenta. I planned to make an apple crisp too (the pink ladies are a deep hot pink right now) but quickly lost motivation. That happens when Kelly brings over wine and the couch is comfy and there's a marathon of America's Next Top Model on.

Check out that mise en place,y'all. Sometimes it's fun to put everything in bowls and pretend you're on a cooking show. From left to right: fennel, tomatoes, sausage, garlic, mixed wild mushrooms, onion, one can plum tomatoes w/ basil, heavy cream, spinach, polenta, chicken broth, and italian parsley. I also added chopped fresh sage & rosemary near the end of the cooking time. Oh, and toasted pine nuts.

Looks like a good combination of crunchy, chewy, smooth, and tangy. The acidity of the tomatoes & red wine (about 1/3 c) cut the richness of the cream but I added only about 2 TBs of cream so it wasn't too heavy. Polenta is the easiest thing in the world (polenta & broth cooked on the stovetop then spread in a pan w/ shaved parmesan on top) to cook. It's also heartier and more flavorful than pasta.

Mmmm, so good it'll make you slap Tyra AND her mama!

1 comment:

NAME: Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Looks good! I cooked myself a freezer pizza tonight, and it was solidly mediocre.