Van Gogh sold a total of one painting in his lifetime. In the 17th and 18th centuries, lobster was considered to be peasant food, eaten by poor fishermen, fed to prisoners and even used as fertilizer. Polenta, too, was a peasant food when it was developed during the second half of the 16th century from the maize that was imported from the Americas. However, of all of these things of humble beginnings, only polenta is still affordable, and it's the only one of them that I keep in my apartment as a matter of course. You should, too. If you can find it. Sure, the instant kind seems to be sitting on every grocery shelf, but I'm talking about the real polenta. The kind that stews for 45 minutes or so. The kind that requires love and devotion and a whole lot of stirring.
Sausages and Peppers over Creamy Parmesan Polenta