Main Dishes

Black Bean Cakes With Tomato Salsa

Makes 4 servings Plant-forward recipes aren’t always vegetarian, but they may use flavorful meats in a supporting role, just like the chorizo in these black bean cakes. For a full vegetarian version, leave out the chorizo and add 1/2 teaspoon (or more, to taste) of chile powder for a little […]


Chimichanga Dough

Makes enough for 16 chimichangas Ingredients 5 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups masa harina or fine cornmeal 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 cups water Directions Mix together the flour, masa harina, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix […]

Breakfast and Brunch

Corn Muffins

Makes 2 dozen muffins These are classic corn muffins, perfect for toasting on a griddle with some salted butter or to dunk in a hot bowl of chili. Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups cornmeal 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 4 eggs 1 cup […]

Free Recipes, Side Dishes

Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Green Chiles

Cornbread dressing (or stuffing, if that’s your style!) is a southern speciality that we love beside a tangy cranberry sauce and turkey, whether it’s roasted, fried, or grilled. We put poblanos and jalapeños in ours, but other green chiles, like serranos or hatch, will work great, too! Check out this […]

Pies and Tarts

Cornmeal Pastry Dough

Makes one disc, enough for one 9-inch single-crust pie This crispy cornmeal crust was developed to be used for both savory and sweet pies. It is especially good paired with stone fruit pies and galettes—just be sure to purchase a high-quality, stone-ground fine cornmeal for the best flavor. Ingredients 1 […]

Breakfast and Brunch, Free Recipes

English Muffins

English muffins are one of the easiest breads, made extra simple by their stove-top cook. No oven needed! Though like any bread, they are best the day they are made, a quick trip to the toaster freshens these muffins up for up to a week. Makes 10 servings

Side Dishes

Jalapeño Jack Polenta

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 4 cups water 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 pound pepper Jack cheese, grated Kosher salt, to taste 1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper Directions Heat the water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Gradually pour the cornmeal into the […]

Cakes, Desserts

Polenta Cake with Grappa, Berries, and Minted Mascarpone

Makes 6 servings This cake is dense and not too sweet, almost like a sweet cornbread. I like to use coarse polenta so that it also has an interesting texture, but if you have to use regular cornmeal, that works as well. Ingredients Polenta Cake 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at […]

Main Dishes

Polenta with Sausage Sauce

Serves 4 Dried mushrooms are great for adding richness and savoriness, but they can be a little pricey. As an alternative, look for bulk mushroom powder (you’ll just need a pinch) or you can omit them altogether. For a dairy-free version of the polenta, use olive oil instead of butter […]


Rosemary Polenta Cake with Savory Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Makes 12 servings This recipe is adapted from the menu of the Gatehouse restaurant on the CIA’s Napa campus in St. Helena, California. It is sweet and savory (mostly sweet!) and is the perfect way to showcase in season strawberries, though we think peaches would also be delicious. The whipped […]