When I was a kid, polenta reminded us that we were not rich. We didn't appreciate its delicious flavor until we got older and embraced our simple traditions.
5 cups water
1 cup cornmeal -- yellow or white
Salt and pepper -- to taste
Slowly add the cornmeal while stirring constantly to prevent lumps, then simmer for 30 minutes,stirring constantly until the center of the polenta pops in a giant bubble. Serve hot or scrape the polenta into a dish; spread to an even thickness with a spatula that has been dipped in water. Refrigerate the polenta until well chilled.
Makes 5-6 servings