Dinner and a Movie

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
This recipe comes from the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook. It might be my favorite cookbook. It has so many easy, healthy recipes and so far everything I've tried has been delicious. This was my first time making polenta so I didn't really know what to expect. I also didn't realize how alike polenta and grits are. They're both cooked the same way and taste pretty similar. Anyways, back to this recipe. Once finished, it tasted like you were eating a meal from a fancy restaurant. This would be a great dinner party main entree to make because you can make a big batch of polenta and then all your left to do is pour the sauce on top. Your guests will think you've been slaving away in the kitchen for hours, nope just 30 minutes.

Polenta with Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce
Makes 4 servings


4 cups milk I used almond milk
1 cup coarsely ground cornmeal 
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, minced
1 8oz package sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
3/4 cup red wine Or more for your own consumption
1 1/4 cups good quality beef stock or broth
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme for garnish
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 pound sauteed green beans I cooked with this salt and pepper, olive oil, and butter.


Combine milk, cornmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan over high heat. Once mixture comes to a light boil, turn the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes or until milk has been completely absorbed by the cornmeal. Whisk every few minutes so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Add more milk if necessary to keep the polenta from becoming overly thick.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute for 3-4 minutes, until they soften but don't turn brown.
Add the mushrooms and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and cook for about 3 more minutes, or until the mushrooms have soaked up the butter. Sprinkle the flour on the mushrooms and stir until the flour is almost completely absorbed.
With the heat still on medium, slowly pour the wine into the mushroom mixture and stir. Simmer to reduce the wine a bit, about 2 minutes. Pour in the beef stock and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir until the liquid thickens to the consistency of gravy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and sprinkle in the fresh thyme.
Set out 4 bowls and divide the polenta among them. Top the polenta with mushroom bordelaise sauce and the Parmesan cheese. Garnish with sauteed green beans.



Before we watch a movie I know nothing about, I always ask Theo is this is an "Ally movie" meaning a movie I'm going to like or is it a movie I'm going to fall asleep during. I remember seeing the previews for this movie and since I love Emily Blunt I kinda wanted to see it. I'm not a big action movie guru or a big Tom Cruise fan so I because of that I didn't really care to see it. So of course last night Theo said he wanted to watch it and that it is an "Ally movie", I'm pretty sure that was just a con, so I said ok and if I fall asleep don't get mad! Can you guess what happened? Yes I did fall asleep but I also liked the movie! I only fell asleep because the movie is like Groundhog Day where Tom Cruise keeps living the day over again, and after oh I don't know Day 20, I was bored. But the ending was good and for the most part it was an action packed exciting movie. We rented it on GooglePlay but you can also get it On Demand. 

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  1. Good to know this cookbook has so many good recipes! The presentation of this dish looks so pretty!

  2. yum to that recipe! I feel like I haven't cooked in so long with Seth being gone. Your response to that movie sounds about like mine would be (never been a cruise fan haha)

  3. I need to check that cook book out - easy recipes sound like winners to me!! Great job on your Polenta!!

  4. YUM! That looks insanely good! I'm hungry now!

  5. I liked the movie too! How sick are her arms in the movie? I need to get on that workout plan soon!

  6. Totally got conned into watching that movie when my parents were here ha. It wasn't too bad - just too long for me! Your dinner looks incredible (and the note on wine is very important, too!).

  7. Yummy!! I love polenta and a mushroom sauce is one of my favorites! That looks delish!

  8. Yum- I need to look into that cookbook! Thanks for the heads up on that movie, sounds like I would fall asleep too


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