Saturday, December 8, 2018

Settlers Eat: Creamy Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel

This easy, fast weeknight meal was surprisingly delicious --much more than the sum of its parts.  It would have been prettier if I had garnished it with the fennel fronds, which I will definitely do next time.  In any case, this recipe reminded me that polenta is a versatile and delicious thing and I should make it more of a weeknight workhorse.  It also taught me that oven-roasted fennel bulb can be so caramelized and satisfying.  I'll be doing much more with these ingredients in the future!

Slice 1 bulb of fennel.  Place the fennel slices and 1 lb of cherry tomatoes in a cast iron skillet.  Toss with 3 Tablespoons olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Place in a 450 degree oven (no need to pre-heat) and roast for 30 minutes, or until the fennel is caramelized and the tomatoes have burst.

Meanwhile, cook 2 cups of polenta according to package directions.  Add 3 Tablespoons freshly grated parmesan and 3 Tablespoons butter at the end.

Serve hot!

Creamy Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel Ingredients:

2 cups polenta
3 Tablespoons parmesan
3 Tablespoons butter
1 bulb fennel
1 lb cherry tomatoes
3 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

What Settlers Do For Fun: Thanksgiving 2018!

Normally, we go visit my folks and extended family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  It's always a great time!  But this year, my daughter had to work on the big day.  So sometimes traditions change.  We had such a lovely day, and I am so grateful that I got to spend it with my wonderful daughter and husband, and some of my closest friends.  We had a huge meal with all the sides --mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, corn pudding (my favorite!), stuffing, and green beans.  Instead of turkey, we had homemade smoked salmon.  And of course there was pecan pie for dessert.  After a big meal and a lot of fun, we took a walk to digest and then watched Clue.  Fantastic!  I am, as always, so grateful for so many things, not least among them family and friends and the opportunity to work to make a good life and better world.  I hope you had a chance to celebrate what you're grateful for, too.

Monday, November 19, 2018

What Settlers Do For Fun: Better than Bourgeois Magazine Presents Thanksgiving with Friends 2018

I am grateful for a lot of things these days.  One of the things I am most grateful for is the people in my life and community we have built together.  That's always been important to me --surrounding myself with people I love and care for and who love and care for me-- but it's more important to me now, when the world seems so uncertain in so many ways.  When we have good people in our lives, they're there for us, and we for them, when things are hard.  But we're also here for each other to celebrate.  And life needs lots of celebrations.  There is much to be joyful about.  And that's what this party, the fourteenth annual, felt like to me this year.  It felt like a chance to be joyful and eat too much and drink too much and talk too much and too loudly and see a whole lot of my favorite people.  I hope everyone else had as much fun as I did! Cheers!