Polenta Fest at Dorothea’s House, Princeton,N.J.

Yum Polenta and Lasagna

Yum Polenta and Lasagna

Polenta's ingredients in Italian-spicy sausage, mushrooms,toamtoes,...

Polenta's ingredients in Italian-spicy sausage, mushrooms,toamtoes,...

This is delicious

This is delicious

Polenta and vino, what more could one ask for?

Polenta and vino, what more could one ask for?

On New Years, Lentils and Polenta bring good fortune

On New Years, Lentils and Polenta bring good fortune

Not much left

Not much left

Polenta goer claps to the music

Polenta goer claps to the music

Listen to the sweet sounds of the music

Listen to the sweet sounds of the music

The Polenta buffet

The Polenta buffet

Polenta dishes

Polenta dishes

After polenta tasting comes dessert or before....

After polenta tasting comes dessert or before....

Yum dessert

Yum dessert

Polenta, a classic Italian dish made with boiled cornmeal was the highlight of this gathering last weekend. Among the foodstuffs added were spicy sausage, cheeses,mushrooms, tomato sauce, chopped cooked broccoli, and one daring cook placed cooked liver atop her polenta.

 

                              POLENTA WITH SAUSAGE  (Polenta con Salsiccia)

1 pound Italian sausage

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

2 1/2 cups canned tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 cups water

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 up cold water

Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Directions:

1.  Cut sausage casing, remove sausage, and crumble into small pieces with a fork.

2.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Add sausage and mushrooms to skillet.  Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms and sausage are lightly browned.

3.. Slowly stir in the tomatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper,  Simmer 20-30 minutes.

4.  While the tomato  and sausage mixture is simmering, bring 3 cups of water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to boiling.  Gradually stir in the cornmeal and 1 cup cold water.  Continue boiling, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened.

5.  Cover,  lower heat,  and cook slowly 10 minutes or longer,  if necessary.   Transfer the cooked cornmeal to warm platter, and top with the tomato mixture.

6.  Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.                    6 to 8 servings

 

This recipe for the region of Italy: Friuli-Venezia Guilia

Ffruili in the name of this region recalls the Roman Forum., and the Guilia, the emperor  Julius.  After WW II, Italy lost a portion of this region, but picked up Trieste from Yugoslavia.   Trieste is famous for it’s soup.  A hearty chowder concocted of beans, potatoes, and sauerkraut, boiled with pork and laced with garlic, is called Iola Triesstina.

From Italian Cookbook Culinary Arts Institute  Copyright 1977

Rainbow, The Italian Festival Arcobaleno, il festival italiano

What a beautiful sight!

What a beautiful sight!

Have you ever caught a rainbow?  A wondrous sight.   A rainbow appeared   at The Italian Festival in the fall of 2006.   I was thrilled and wanted to be in the photo, too.

Avete interferito mai un arcobaleno? Una vista meravigliosa. Un arcobaleno è comparso al festival italiano nell’autunno di 2006. Sono stato eccitato e voluto essere nella foto, anche.

The annual Italian festival is held the third weekend in September in Mercer County park.  Several years ago, my friends and I used to go to the Chambersburg section of Trenton for the Italian festival.  The streets would be festooned with strings of colorful lights much like the feast of San Gennaro in N.Y.C.’s Little Italy.  Many of my favorite Italian eateries would have a menu  on display of the tradional Italian foods.  My friends and I would get an Italian sausage sandwich or Penne with vodka sauce, and a bag of 6 zeppoles with the sweet powdered sugar to share.    We would visit the St. Joaquim church and say a prayer; this church  held the annual procession of the Blessed mother statue down the main street on Feast day.

Il festival italiano annuale è tenuto il terzo fine settimana in settembre nel parco della contea di Mercer. Parecchi anni fa, i miei amici ed io abbiamo usato per andare alla sezione di Chambersburg di Trenton per il festival italiano. Le vie festooned con le serie di luci variopinte tanto come la festività di San Gennaro in N.Y.C.’ s la poca Italia. Molti dei miei ristoranti italiani favoriti avrebbero un menu su esposizione degli alimenti dell’italiano di tradional. I miei amici ed io convinceremmo un panino della salsiccia o un Penne italiano con la salsa della vodka e un sacchetto di 6 zeppoles con lo zucchero in polvere dolce per ripartirsi. Visiteremmo la chiesa della st Joaquim e diremmo una preghiera; questa chiesa ha tenuto la processione annuale della statua benedetta della madre giù la via principale il giorno di festività.

In Mercer County park, we still enjoy walking around the grounds to the various tents while listening to the Italian music playing at two of the stages set up for entertainment.  Last year, I brought my cousin along.  She had always gone to the NYC one having grown up there as a child.

Nel parco della contea di Mercer, ancora godiamo di di camminare intorno ai motivi alle varie tende mentre ascoltano la musica italiana che gioca a due delle fasi installi per intrattenimento. L’anno scorso, ho portato il mio cugino avanti. Era andato sempre al NYC uno che cresce in su là come bambino.

  During the festa , there also is a building where Italian clubs set up displays of Italian culture and and photos of various Italian artists and composers.  There are several talks held throughout the day for example on Italian wine-making.

 

In italiano

Durante il festa, c’inoltre è una costruzione in cui esposizioni di messa a punto dei randelli dell’italiano di coltura italiana ed e foto di vari artisti e compositori italiani. Ci sono parecchie discussioni tenute durante il giorno per esempio sulla vinificazione italiana.

Photos of the Italian Festa:

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