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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Depression-era dish? by Kitchen Chick

And in the food section today, we have the Kitchen Chick, who writes:
When I was a child, my mother would dredge slices of cornmeal mush in flour and pan-fry them until they were crispy, and we'd eat it slathered with butter and maple syrup. I thought this was a perfectly ordinary dish well into adulthood until my friends expressed surprise. "A Depression-era dish", some called it.

Well, I don't know if it was specifically a Depression Era dish. It was common in the southern and mid-Atlantic States, but not so much in Michigan. It was also apparently common among Italian immigrants. After all, what is fried cornmeal mush but a kind of polenta? And because it was cheap, it was probably common during the Depression Era, too. All I knew, as a kid, was that this fried cornmeal stuff was fabulously tasty, and I always treated it as a special meal.
Read Creamy Maple Polenta by Kitchen Chick
Also read her entry entitled Balsamic Blueberries & Peaches!

# posted by Tami @ 10:03 AM
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