Baked Polenta Pie

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I am raffling off this AMAZING Breville Juicer for the Livestrong Foundation tomorrow.  Tickets are just $5; check back tomorrow for details. Just a heads up!


Tina’s recent love affair with polenta reminded me of the yummy ingredient!  I used to use polenta all the time and just ‘forgot’ about it… Isn’t it funny how that happens with foods?


I decided to use the polenta to make a sort of polenta pie/casserole.  For not having a recipe and blindly throwing in ingredients, it tasted pretty good!


Baked Polenta Pie


Ingredients (makes 3 servings):


  • 1 tube polenta
  • 2 cups chopped asparagus
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 package of pre-cubed extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • Pepper and Salt to taste




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Chop asparagus and microwave in water for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • In a food processer, combine remaining ingredients except sundried tomatoes and asparagus.
  • Pour mix into bowl and stir in sundried tomatoes and asparagus.
  • Pour into greased pie dish.
  • Bake for 50 minutes.
  • Remove and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


It was really delicious, but if I made it again, I would try omitting the milk because it was a little too soft.  I’d like it to be more like a quiche in texture.


With a whole wheat English muffin on the side.


I topped the muffin with the polenta mix as I ate it – mmm.


After dinner, I had a little dessert:


I had one of Ryan’s macaroons with a serving of ginger ice cream.  I picked the ice cream up at the store because I was intrigued by the “5 ingredients” concept.  Almost like homemade!


Before I had dinner, I went on a lovely bike ride along my secret airport path.  I did a lot of positive visualizations about my upcoming triathlon!  I really do believe the key to racing success is imaging yourself finishing strong.


It’s kind of chilly out in Florida today!  But at least the sun is out.


I rode 18.5 miles in 1:20.  It was a good workout!  Not only was it chilly, but it was also windy… Instead of hating on the wind, I tried to just think of it as resistance training.  🙂 Get those quads working!


I didn’t see any alligator on my ride, but I did spot this brown cow!  Right after I snapped this picture, she went “MOOOOO” in the scariest voice ever.  Don’t mess with cows.


(She’s thinking, “Please don’t eat me.”)  😉


And my pre-ride snack was a Glo Bakery bar.  I ate it in the car because I had an interview for American Voices and they required absolute silence on my end.  There is no way I can guarantee Maggie and James won’t bark for a 45-minute period, so I locked myself in the car.   The interview will air on Sirius radio and online in a few weeks!


I might munch on some popcorn or Cheerios later… I ate dinner early, and I’ll be up kind of late watching Pam and Jim have their baby on The Office!  :) 


And… couch time!


Are you the kind of cook who whips up meals without a recipe?  Do you look for recipes for inspiration?  Or do you feel like you have to always follow a recipe?  I HAVE to follow a recipe when baking cookies or cupcakes – or it’s a disaster.



  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 4, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Do you take the photos of yourself on a bike WHILE biking!? If so, that’s T-A-L-E-N-T!! 🙂

    I like to whip stuff up as I go since sometimes I don’t have all the necessary ingredients. No disasters have happened yet….

    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 8:19 pm

      haha no i stop! i would crash!

  • Beth March 4, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I love whipping up recipes on a whim. I actually did polenta last night with roasted beets and edamame… random, but delicious!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove March 4, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I love polenta! Its so versatile and delish!
    Also love the light in the biking photo!

  • Kelly March 4, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I really wish I had a secret biking spot like you, I hate biking on busy roads!

    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 8:23 pm

      any quiet country roads around you?

      • Kelly March 4, 2010, 8:30 pm

        I’d probably have to bike a bit to get to them…maybe that’s motivation. What I really need is the snow to be gone haha, so maybe I should just move to Orlando!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 4, 2010, 8:25 pm

    I rarely use a recipe when cooking anything. I love being creative and truly look forward to it. That dinner looks amazing!

  • Evan Thomas March 4, 2010, 8:25 pm

    If it’s desserts, I like to make it up. But for anything like real food I need a recipe.
    I forgot how good polenta is, too! Except my Italian family would yell at me for getting it from a tube.

  • Kim March 4, 2010, 8:27 pm

    I can whip up a recipe-less meal, as long as I have some pretty common, familiar ingredients. I find a lot of recipe inspiration on blogs. Sometimes I make little modifications here and there. For complicated stuff, I rely on recipes, at least until I know how the dish works. Then I’ll start changing it up 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 4, 2010, 8:29 pm

    My husband likes to whip stuff up… I NEED a recipe! That’s why I’m a better baker than cook 😉

  • Leah @ L4L March 4, 2010, 8:29 pm

    90% of the time, I am following a recipe but not religiously. I make a lot of little changes along the way. I wish I was more on-a-whim kinda gal. I used to go “On A Whim Wednesdays” where I forced myself to get creative. But I found myself looking to recipes for inspiration anyway. Ugh.

  • Brooke March 4, 2010, 8:30 pm

    That cow picture reminds me of The Pinoneer Women blog.
    I am jealous of all the nature you see on your rides!

  • Ann March 4, 2010, 8:34 pm

    Hm, that ice sounds interesting. Wonder if they have it in my area (although I don’t think I’m brave enough to try ginger just quite yet!)

    I’d say 95% of the time I follow a recipe of some form unless I know it’ll mix well (like smoothies or omelettes).

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers March 4, 2010, 8:35 pm

    yummmmmmy. i gotta add polenta to my grocery list!

    i like using recipes as guidelines… but i almost always make alterations.

  • Courtney March 4, 2010, 8:37 pm

    Dude..I’m from Wisconsin, and I’m telling you…cows will MESS YOU UP!! Don’t f-with them!!!
    I NEVER use recipes. I like to whip things together, most of the time it works. Exceptions is baking…since it is more of a “science” I follow the recipe most of the time.
    adventures in tri-ing

    • Annie March 4, 2010, 8:56 pm

      This made me laugh so much! Oh cows.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 4, 2010, 8:37 pm

    I’ve never actually made polenta but love eating it — something new to attempt in the future. 😀

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 4, 2010, 8:38 pm

    Awww…what a cute cow 🙂

    I love polenta! I always make it from the box, but I’m always intrigued by those tubes. I’ll have to try that next time!

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 4, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Someday I hope to be able to cook without a recipe…but at this point I’m still too intimidated!

  • Anne P March 4, 2010, 8:40 pm

    I’m all about flying by the seat of my pants in terms of recipes. 🙂 I hate following recipes.

  • Bonnie March 4, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Okay, so completely off topic and random request: do you or the husband have any remedies for a sore throat/lost voice? I lost my voice last night and it’s continually getting worse.

    It doesn’t hurt to talk in the croaking voice that I can, but it really hurts to swallow. i’ve been drinking tea with honey, and taken some cough medicine, but that’s about it. any other suggestions or holistic options?


    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 8:47 pm

      i’ll ask but did you lose your voice from talking or being sick (I know he’s going to ask that)?

      • Bonnie March 4, 2010, 9:37 pm

        a combination of both.
        I was a tad sick, but I didn’t think it was too bad, so I did my usual vitamin c remedies and I felt better.
        But then I made the mistake of singing karaoke on it, and yeah, here i am.

        so i guess it was mostly the singing that did it.

        • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:02 am

          husband says you might want to try eucalyptus essential oil and rub it all over the lymph nodes on your neck. he said because he can’t look down your throat, he cant really recommend anything other than that (he says keep drinking the honey, though!)

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 4, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I am still new at cooking so I always rely on recipes. The only time I don’t use one is when I make pasta and throw in some veggies.

    That juicer looks awesome. I have a backyard full of oranges and grapefruit that are just waiting to be juiced!

  • Katie March 4, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Yummmm this polenta pie sounds good! I need a recipe for baking but for cooking I always make stuff up. And I’m soooo excited for Jim and Pam’s baby!!!

  • Christie March 4, 2010, 8:53 pm

    Okay, sorry for being ignorant, but what exactly is polenta? How would you describe it’s taste? I have a feeling people might gasp when they read this, but hey, what can I say- never tried it!


  • Becky March 4, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Omg, I find recipes so restrictive! I DO use them for baking desserts but that’s only on a rare occasion. Regular meals are usually inspired by a recipe or idea or picture but I always wing it. I like it that way it keeps me creative. You learn what works and what doesn’t. My husband usually only eats food if I used a recipe. He thinks it’s blasphemy if I don’t. So, I usually fib and say I found one online.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 4, 2010, 8:59 pm

    I *have* to follow recipe for baked goods too. I’ve tried winging it without direction before and it was *not* a pretty sight. 😉

    Other meals, I like to put my own creative spin on things but usually use a recipe as inspiration. 😀

    The cow if adorable, by the way. :mrgreen:

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 4, 2010, 9:04 pm

    I don’t usually follow a recipe, I like to improvise!!

    Ginger Ice Cream sounds delicious 😉

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 4, 2010, 9:06 pm

    if baking, I’ll substitute some ingredients or omit some..and since I’m TRYING to cook now, I often browse through recipe books for inspiration and do it “my way”…BTW last time I cooked polenta it was a FAIL.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 4, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Hmm I am generally someone that doesn’t follow a recipe – which can result in some cooking distasters – but also a lot of fun new dishes too!

  • Nancy March 4, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I made quiche a few times, buy the boyf doesn’t like it as it’s not filling enough for him. What do you usually eat with it? ALSO!? Mine always turns out watery. Yuck!

    ps: I’m having a smashbox giveaway on my site now!

    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 9:13 pm

      i like bread or something carb-y

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 4, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I want a Breville SO bad!!! You can count on me entering that raffle, for sure!

    I generally follow a recipe, at least some what. Sometimes i’ll just wing it but I’m usually scared to – don’t know why. It’s not like the world will collapse if I don’t end up with something spectacular.

  • Jessie March 4, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I love polenta, but I’ve never seen it in a tube. Where do you get that??

    I rarely follow recipes, even while baking (that has lead to a few smoky, crumbly, and otherwise unappetizing results).

    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 9:13 pm

      from the refrigerated section with the tofu

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 4, 2010, 9:23 pm

      check with the pasta as well.
      You can also buy corn grits or coarse corn meal and make your own.

      • Jessie March 4, 2010, 9:26 pm

        Thanks! I’ll check it out.

  • Samantha March 4, 2010, 9:20 pm

    HAHAHA What a cute cow!!! I love cows 😀

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 4, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Isn’t it funny how not long after Michael Pollan said that we should not eat processed foods with more than 5 ingredients in them Haagan-Dazs comes out with “Five”. Are we suppose to assume it’s healthy now?

    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 10:07 pm

      haha well i dont think its healthy.. but its ridiculously good and not TOTALLY junkie. 🙂

      • jessica March 5, 2010, 9:29 am

        He actually mentioned Haagan-Daz’s “Five” in his book Food Rules haha

  • Gwen March 4, 2010, 9:30 pm

    I like to throw things together when I’m making pasta – but that’s pretty easy. With baking, there is a lot more science involved so it’s good to stick to a recipe, but you can always add things in (chopped cookies, nuts, etc.) and swap out the vanilla for another flavoring or even a little liquor! Yeah for a great ride!

  • Shelly March 4, 2010, 9:33 pm

    My 5th grade science teacher was missing part of a finger and he said it was bitten off by a cow!
    Cue “You know you’re from Mississippi when….”
    Also, my uncle was run over by a cow b/c he got between her and her calf. He was really banged up!
    I’m realizing I have way too many cow anecdotes…

    • Wendy March 4, 2010, 9:48 pm

      My dairy farmer husband had his pinky fingernail crushed once when he was giving a pill to a cow. Their jaws are strong!

  • Matt March 4, 2010, 9:45 pm

    I like to use recipes for inspiration. I like to put my own spin on things and adapt them to my tastes.

  • Wendy March 4, 2010, 9:47 pm

    In my extensive experience with the bovine species…cows (adult females) are mostly friendly/curious/nosy unless she thinks her baby is in danger. Then watch out! Bulls (adult males) should ALWAYS be considered dangerous…don’t mess around with them – I’ve heard stories about people being mauled or even killed by bulls.

    Did you get that close to that pretty brown cow, or did you zoom in from afar? 🙂

    • Caitlin March 4, 2010, 10:08 pm

      um i was like three feet from her. with just a little wire fence in between. when she mooed, i jumped 10 feet back and ran to my bike!

  • Carolyn March 4, 2010, 9:50 pm

    The few times I’ve tried making things NOT from a recipe it doesn’t turn out well. I’m generally a recipe kind’ve girls. 🙂

  • lex (sweettoothlex) March 4, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Ohhh – 9x out of 10 I need a recipe to follow. I WISH I could just whip something up without a recipe – ESPECIALLY baked goods but it never ends well…

    Cows ARE pretty crazy – but one of my lifetime goals is to milk one of those beasts – just once! random, I know!

  • Tay March 4, 2010, 10:05 pm

    The brown sugar flavor of that ice cream is DELICIOUS!! Just like you’re eating brown sugar.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 4, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I love the chocolate flavor of that ice cream – so good!

    I told The Boy about the comment above regarding cows messing you up, and he said “it’s true!” Hahahaha 🙂

  • Kierstan March 4, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I like to just throw stuff together, if there is a recipe I do not follow it to a “t” which frustrates the heck out of my sister! My motto – a little of this, a little of that, and a lot of garlic…

    • Gracie (complicated day) March 4, 2010, 10:32 pm

      Haha, a little of this, a lot of garlic! Too too true! Garlic is like a pearl necklace – always hte perfect added touch.

  • Bronwyn March 4, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I love to just whip up dinner sometimes. I can’t say I can do the same with baking. If I had more time/energy/money to actually cook (and maybe people to cook for?) I might be in the kitchen more trying stuff out. I sometimes do recipes… but mostly just as inspiration.

  • Gracie (complicated day) March 4, 2010, 10:31 pm

    You should try making your own polenta. It’s basically free, the cornmeal is so cheap! I’ll use polenta in side dishes and I like it, but it’s basically nutrient-less so i have to pair it with a substantial main dish.
    And I rarely use recipes – and when I do I don’t follow it!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. March 4, 2010, 10:33 pm

    Polenta is actually really easy to make you don’t have to buy it premade. All you need is boiling water and a whisk.

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie March 4, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I like to follow recipes but I’m really trying to improvise. The hubs is great at improvising. I think some people do just have a gift at throwing things together at the drop of a hat. I just don’t have a creative, artistic mind I guess. The nurse in me needs structure. I’m trying to break free of that though!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 4, 2010, 11:19 pm


    i feel pretty comfortable doing either one…but baking i MUST have a recipe! otherwise it’s a major screw-up!

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:31 am

      haha i totally asked the cow, “how now, brown cow?”

  • Ana (AnActiveAdventure) March 4, 2010, 11:51 pm

    I definitely look to recipes/blogs 😉 for inspiration. Most times I will have some of the ingredients for a particular recipe, and from there I try to improvise and make it my own. As far as baking goes, I need to follow a recipe to the T, if not the results could be disastrous!! haha 🙂

  • Emily Eats and Exercises March 4, 2010, 11:55 pm

    Off topic: do you have those tri handlebars on your bike (not sure what they’re actually called.) Did you put them on your road bike? Do they make a big difference?

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:32 am

      they aren’t tri handlebars, they are aerobars which just allow you to get down closer to the bike. it makes you more aerodynamic and it’s just another position to ride the bike on. i bought the bike used and it came with the bars. they are a lot more comfortable to ride on and it’s a nice way to mix it up. i recommend them!

  • Jolene ( March 4, 2010, 11:59 pm

    I always follow a recipe when baking – I think you kind of have to. Most nights I also follow a recipe for dinner, unless I am making something I have made a million times like chili, stir fry, etc.. I like to try a wide variety of meals, and switch it up a lot, so recipes help with that.

  • The Brunette March 5, 2010, 12:56 am

    I actually just posted on the recipe question today. I always modify the crap out of recipes. And then this happens:

    Basically, a very sweet and happy ending 🙂

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:33 am

      those sound amazing-balls.

  • peony March 5, 2010, 1:45 am

    im well making this tonight 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 5, 2010, 2:24 am

    Your recent Glo Bars are torturing me ; )

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 5, 2010, 2:25 am

    *Glo Bar pictures

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama March 5, 2010, 2:29 am

    Awwww cows are soooo cute!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 5, 2010, 2:48 am

    How creative with the polenta!

    I always follow recipes if I’m baking something new, cos you have to be so exact, but cooking wise, I use them more for inspiration – unless they’re really fancy!
    Awesome bike ride, awesome cow 🙂

  • christie, honoring health March 5, 2010, 5:50 am

    I don’t really follow recipes, even baking ones. I love to experiment and play around. It has resulted in some nasty things in the past but typically, it turns out really well!

  • Jess @ Truly.Into.Fitness March 5, 2010, 5:55 am

    I love to try new recipes floating in my head:) Sometimes I use a recipe as a base and tweak it or sometimes it’s all in my head:)

  • Helen March 5, 2010, 5:57 am

    I’m a bit of all three! I like inventing stuff to cook when I’m just cooking for myself. Usually I try to use up any ingredients that I have in my fridge so I like putting ingredients together. But for normal weekday meals I like to use a recipe for inspiration but adapt it to what we like / have to use up. But as you say, for making you HAVE to follow a recipe otherwise it will not turn out well. Your dessert looks so yummy btw! x

  • Stacey March 5, 2010, 6:31 am

    LMAO. You have me CRACKING UP over here. I am always so surprised everytime you see an alligator or something like that, but a cow is what we see down here on our bike rides! Lolol. You better get used to it! Up here there are only cows, horses and blue herons and marsh wildlife 🙁

    Maybe once you get settled in, I can take you on the backroad stretch through SC?? (Hmmm that sounds a little creepy…haha 🙂

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:33 am

      hehe i would love that!

  • kwithme March 5, 2010, 6:43 am

    This is my first comment. Your posts always get me charged up. I am headed out for my first run in 18 years. And you are a part of that, thanks for being an inspirations.

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:34 am

      yay!!! you rock! i hope you had a nice run – how did it go?

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind March 5, 2010, 7:34 am

    YES pumped up that you used polenta. I just bought it for the first time two days ago, but I really have no idea how to use it. Any ideas for a first-timer? (Anyone?)

    I laughed out loud at your description of the cow’s moo. Hahahaha she was definitely telling you not to eat her.

    Um, with recipes…yeeeaaahhhh…I don’t really “cook.” 😉 What’s funny, though, is that when I do actually attempt something, I generally use the recipe as a guideline and kind of make things up as I go. I figure I’m usually the only one eating it, so if it totally bombs, only I will suffer.

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:34 am

      if you buy the premade kind, i like to slice it like fries and bake it to make polenta fries!

  • Nikky March 5, 2010, 8:24 am

    I don’t know if I’ve ever followed a recipe exactly, except for baking. Everything else I usually just throw some yummy stuff into a pot and hope it tastes good (it usually does). I have a friend though, she can’t do ANYTHING without a specific recipe. She HATES literally all fruits and veggies (as in she has to “choke down” strawberries and blueberries and such), I was at a loss until I learned why. She buys them canned, and if the can doesn’t specifically say “add seasoning” or, “add butter and salt” she wont. She dumps it in a bowl, microwaves it, and eats it totally plain. Which is yummy with some veggies, but not all, at least not to me (and her, apparently). I’ve made it my personal mission to get her to try a new veggie every time she eats over.

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 8:34 am

      hahah oh man – your friend NEEDS your help!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 5, 2010, 8:25 am

    I love following recipes especially to get new ideas, but I rarely stick exactly to them. Even though I don’t mean for it to happen, sometimes my best dishes come from when I don’t have any recipe at all and just randomly start throwing stuff in a pan 🙂

  • Katy March 5, 2010, 8:58 am

    I love polenta, too — but I make it myself from coarse cornmeal. It’s so easy, especially if you make it in the morning and let it set all day. Then slice, bake/saute and EAT!

  • Sophie @ yumventures March 5, 2010, 9:03 am

    If I don’t have at least an idea of what I want to make before I start, it is ALWAYS a disaster! I have definitely become a top-notch meal planner =) The ginger ice cream looks AMAZING, I will have to hunt some down! And I saw the polenta pizza on Tina’s site too, yours looks like it turned out well.

  • whitney @ whitinspired March 5, 2010, 9:25 am

    haha that cow looks PISSED. Polenta pie looks good, that’s a really good idea! I usually almost always follow a recipe, but I usually change it up a little bit. Sometimes I just blindly make stuff, but more often than not, I follow a recipe!

  • Ellen Collis March 5, 2010, 9:27 am

    Is that ice cream good? I’ve been meaning to try it, but wasn’t sure what it would be like. And yeah…I’m definitely a recipe-only cook. I need instructions! My mom always said, “If you can read, you can cook!” and she’s right. I’m not super-creative, but I can follow a recipe pretty well 🙂

    • Caitlin March 5, 2010, 9:32 am

      it was delicious! definitely pick it up

  • brookem March 5, 2010, 10:27 am

    im more the one who likes to follow the recipe, but i will branch off from it to add in things to taste. my manfriend on the other hand, will go completely from scratch, no recipe. i guess we balance each other out?
    (or fight in the kitchen?! not really, it’s one of our favorite things to do together, cooking.)

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 5, 2010, 10:29 am

    I have been dreaming about that polenta pizza Tina made too! I was thinking perhaps I could use a tube of pre-made polenta (since that’s what I have on hand), so I’m glad to see it worked well in your recipe. Once I conquer the pizza, I’ll have to try this one!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat March 5, 2010, 10:47 am

    I pretty much have to follow a recipe or else I get nervous, ha ha. But I have had a few that I threw together that turned out okay.

    The polenta sounds good, I have seen it at the store but haven’t purchased any yet.

  • RunToTheFinish March 5, 2010, 11:10 am

    that meal looks fabu!! I love throwing random things together and sometimes it works…um sometimes not 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 5, 2010, 11:39 am

    I HAVE to follow recipes. I am not good at creating things on my own. I have tried numerous times to make things and they usually do not work out. I don’t have that skill of “it just needs this” and being able to improvise.

    I have never heard of polenta before. I’m going to have to Blackle it and figure out what it is!

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me March 5, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I like to have recipes for inspiration…but I’m slowly getting better at deviating from the recipe. I’m always so nervous to have a big fat failure of a dish! haha!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale March 5, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I definitely use a recipe when baking – it’s like a science! However, with cooking, one of the best parts is being creative and making things up!

  • Heather March 5, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I would say 75% of the time I don’t use recipes, but even if I do, it’s more of just a reference. I always end up doing it my way anyway. hehe.
    And you’re right, having grown up pretty much w/cows in my front yard, don’t mess with them. lol. They can be a bit testy sometimes.

  • Kiersten March 5, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Your polenta pie looks delicious! I’ll have to give this a try soon. I love polenta but don’t make it nearly enough.

    I only use recipes if there’s a specific recipe I want to try, otherwise I just make stuff up as I go along. I follow recipes for baking, but sometimes I alter those a bit too.

  • Angela @ A Healthy Fit March 5, 2010, 4:50 pm

    Tima inspired a polenta kick in me as well. I usually throw dinner, lunch, breakfast recipes together. If I’m baking I have to go by the recipe, but I will either change a couple things or thow in extras.

  • cHeRi March 28, 2011, 11:39 am

    I tried your polenta pie recipe last night and it was a huge hit! I added shredded carrots, black olives and roasted garlic cloves but followed your recipe for all else. I have never used polenta so I had to stick to your script. I too found it a tad soft and wondered if I had missed a step. I made lunch today for my husband with flatbread and included your polenta pie along with spinach leaves, bean sprouts and spicy brown mustard. I’m awaiting a call from my husband raving over his polenta pie wrap. These types of recipes are so helpful for me because they provide great options to get more protein and fiber rich meals for my husband who runs marathons. I love the food photos and scenic bike pic is inspiring… I rarely bike ride much due to the sun and heat here in South Florida but will try harder to get a ride in later in the day. ;o) Thanks again for the polenta pie photos and send my moos to the brown cow!

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