My Studio Tour (Lake Minnetonka Arts Tour) is only two weeks away! And I’m in the final countdown getting ready — Finishing pots, still firing pots, preparing refreshments (lots of banana bread), preparing my house, my home studio (clean/organize/clean).
I’m also needing a tasty (comfort-food) meal now and then. Take-out is very much appreciated (my favorite Indian restaurant); a rotisserie-chicken from the market is fine, a simple sandwich in a pinch…..
But with all the Pasta Bowls I’ve been making (stacks and stacks of Pasta Bowls), I’ve had a taste for Polenta with Mushroom Topping — Creamy polenta with an intense, rich topping of mushrooms, bacon, and roasted garlic.
The Food — Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Topping:
Several years ago, at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon, I had a most heavenly serving of polenta with mushrooms; I’ve always wanted to replicate that dish.
I prepared the Polenta — Simmered in both chicken broth and cream; added plenty of grated white cheddar (and a wee bit of goat cheese). For the Mushroom Topping — I sauteed bits of very-smokey bacon, then mushrooms (crimini, shiitake, porcini), then added many cloves of roasted garlic. I tied it all together with a sauce of chicken broth, sherry, porcini liquid (from soaking the porcini mushrooms, strained), and heavy cream — And herbs, rosemary, thyme. Yes! A rich, intense, utterly fantastic Mushroom Topping, perfect for the creamy, cheesey Polenta!!
Apologies — Because this was such a ‘thrown-together’ dish, I do not yet have a reliable recipe. Stay tuned.
The Pottery — Pasta Bowls (Everything Bowls):
The Polenta with Mushroom Topping was perfect in one of my Maasha Pasta Bowls — Stoneware, slips with ash glazes, geometric design.
Actually, I consider these bowls ‘Everything/Anything Bowls‘. They’re a great size and shape for so many one-dish meals — Pastas, curries, chili, salads. And they’re also very handy as small-medium size serving bowls.
And now I must return to BUSY — Still so much preparation for the Studio Tour! If you’re in the Twin Cities, hope you can stop by!
Link — www.LakeMtkaArtsTour.org