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Creamy polenta with raisins

polenta with raisins

Below, raisin polenta and homemade Kuzu Stew

**(EDIT: Kuzu Stew Recipe) **

kuzu stew

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Caroline says:

    Ohhh Katie…please cook for me!

    Do you know if it is possibe to make polenta in the microwave? And is that whole grain cornmeal?? I can never find whole grain cornmeal at the store… 🙁

    By the way, I tried your carmelized banana this morning and it was out of this world. Now I know what to do with overripe bananas because they get waaay too sweet for me. Mashing the banana with cinnamon is a whole new experience.

    Do you ever make basil pesto? I love a good pine nut and (soy??) parmesan pesto over my long run buddy, pasta.

    – Your Fellow Runner

  2. emily says:

    that stew looks amazing.
    do you have the recipe?

  3. Raisins in polenta? Sounds awesome- I love when raisins get all plump in juicy 🙂

  4. KT says:

    Mmm! I’m eating a huge bowl of soba noodles right now! 😀

  5. Ahhh raisin polenta! I need that! Your stew looks lovely, too 🙂

    I think I’ll be celebrating hug-a-carb in a similar fashion to you; i <3 my oats

  6. Jenny says:

    plump raisins are soooooo much better than little wrinkly dudes! thanks for the tip girl – you always know ways to make my eating experiences 10000 x’s better.. and for that, I owe you my life…or a bowl of banana brulee oats with extra plump raisins — which basically is my lifeeee.

    I shall be celebrating hug a carb month with dinner rolls and oatssss and pancakes and waffles and other things that make me happy 🙂

  7. Kiersten says:

    Did you ever see those t-shirts that say “I eat carbs” ? We need to get you one of those!

    I will be celebrating Hug a Carb month by eating lots of oatmeal, grains, and bread!

  8. Nothing better than a plumped up raisin! 🙂

  9. Eliza says:

    love raisins, my #1 favorite dried fruit, and probably #1 favorite fruit ever 🙂 and love adding them in my oats while cooking definitely makes them plumper, you are full of so many tricks! hehe…well hmmm hug a carb month, i think i will start by celebrating it today by sticking to my dinner idea of sprouted pasta with a coconut butternut squash sauce, and not change it around, because the stupid fears around pasta 🙂 but i already today embraced some carbs with my pumpkin oatmeal with raisins and cranberries 🙂 o man but i should’ve looked at your post before so i could have plumped up the raisins 😛

    lots of love

  10. Marina says:

    mhm, I’ll try polenta with raisins definitely, I’ve been neglecting polenta so much, I have to make up for it 😀
    I’ll go now and hug my carbs in a form of a pumpkin muffins 😀

  11. Mandie says:

    that kuzu stew looks absolutely delicious! your cooking definitely inspires me (i’m making butternut squash tonight thanks to you, actually. i’ve been craving it ever since i found your post.) any chance you’re up for giving out your secret recipe of kuzu stew? 🙂

  12. Jess says:

    I plan on celebrating it with some oats in jar 😀

    <3 jess

  13. *Andrea* says:

    hehe you’re too cute! it’s sad that the whole atkins movement made us all fear carbs. some mornings after i eat my delicious bowl of oats+banana or nut butter i catch myself thinking ‘wow you just ate way too many carbs, you should have had yogurt or eggs instead’ how crazy is that!!! i love carbs but it’s definitely been a love/hate relationship and i admire you for your 100% love relationship with carbs. i want to be there!!

  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    I have been rockin out the cauliflower these days too! Happy SUnday Katie 🙂

  15. Daria @ Daria Can Cook says:

    The Hungry Yogini posted some delicious looking polenta fries last night, and now I see this beautiful creamy polenta dish…I can feel a craving developing!

    That soup looks beautiful – great job recreating the original!

  16. Abby says:

    The stew looks amazing and so comforting. That would be great for when the fall sniffles start! Yum 🙂 I heart polenta!

  17. Sünne says:

    I unconditionally love carbs! Today’s contribution to Hug-a-Carb Month (only listing Katie-recipes); Banana Brulee Oat Bran and Apple-Raisin blended wheatberries.

    The stew looks yummy and the polenta seems sooooo creamy! Aaaah, I should really make polenta again soon.

  18. Melissa says:

    Gosh, that polenta looks awesome- now you got me all ravenous again! Hug-a-carb is such a bright idea- I shall celebrate with lots of pasta, brown rice and my beloved “oatgurt”- horray carbs and horray Katie!

  19. Mara says:

    Another carb-lover here!! Woot woot!

    Could you possibly post the recipe for that stew? Looks delish!

    Oh, and I’m celebrating Hug-a-carb month with some creamy polenta triangles — mmmmmm!!!! =P

  20. Anon says:

    Kuzu stew recipe please!

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