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Lately I have been watching a lot of different competition shows. I used to rag on them all the time and still kinda do, but in truth I like a decent amount of them. Some I do watch for comic value show, but the others I actually like. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone!

Staying on topic, I was watching America’s worst cooks, or some similar title and they had a recipe on there for polenta. I have never eaten polenta or cooked but was excited because I was pretty sure it was gluten free. So I go online, dig up a recipe and start cooking. The corn meal I have was moms that she had laying around in her closet. I am trying to work with ingredients I already have in the house in all of the cooking craziness. Budget, budget. In keeping with that, I find a recipe that calls for ingredients I have…here it is:

http://wickedgooddinner.blogspot.com/2010/07/polenta-cakes-with-roasted-mushroom.html

Picture from recipe : 

It looks amazing, right??? I’m sure it is when done CORRECTLY. I definitely did not do that correctly.

I found out after I began to cook already that the corn meal I had was NOT the coarse ground corn meal. Eh, so what, I think and throw it in. In this recipe like most of the other polenta recipes I have come across you are supposed to cook the polenta for 30 minutes or so. Mine cooked in oh, 5 minutes. So yeah, that was clearly wrong. It ended up just absorbing the chicken broth and tasted and smelled like the chicken broth and not corny at all. In addition, it was sloppy like and when I left it to set in the fridge and then tried to take it out, it came out, but the second I touched it and tried to position it, it fell apart in my hands. I was very very very very sad. This was the main part of my meal, so this night I ended up eating some ground chicken with sauteed mushrooms…..in a taco shell. I swear I put everything in taco shells lately!!!

So I messed this one up good. I now have the right corn meal (I think) to make it. I am going to try the recipe on the bag that the corn meal came in just to try and be way more simple with it this time. Next time though, I am going back and trying this recipe because it looks absolutely delicious!

So wicked good dinner, this is totally not your fault. I didn’t make sure I had all the right ingredients and just tried to wing it. It doesn’t quite work that way in my world of gluten free foods. I just suck at change, and this is a big one!

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I have many food restrictions already and adding Gluten to the list has been mentally exhausting. I created this page to show which recipes I have made with pictures (most of the time), mostly to help myself remember which ones I like. I will link over to the sites to make sure proper credit is given to the author of the recipe. Unless I specify all of the recipes are created by someone else way more inventive and experienced than I am.

My other page is craftingforlyme.com which is where I sell my craft items to help raise money for Lyme Disease organizations who help promote education and awareness.

Since I am doing this primarily for myself please let me know if I have been able to help anyone else along the way! Also, if you have any ideas, tips, advice or anything you would like to pass along to someone very new in this area, I am all ears! 🙂

Add also, when the recipe is listed as failure, it means I most likely did not make it properly and has no reflection on the person who created the recipe or the recipe itself. I am not doing this to hurt or bash anyone, just to see what I am capable of cooking and giving my opinion if I have one about it. I am not a chef, nor do I have any formal kitchen training, just a lyme patient who has tons of food restriction. That’s my disclaimer, fyi.

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