Can you remember the first time you ate a particular dish? One dish that I remember eating for the first time is “polenta”. It was about 30 years ago when Bobby I went out to eat at a semi-fancy restaurant in Albuquerque. The meal I was interested in ordering was grilled salmon served with a side of polenta. Back then, I didn’t know what polenta was so I asked the waiter “What’s polenta?” He told me that it was a cornmeal dish. Sounded good, so I ordered the salmon. When he set the plate in front of me, I took one look at the “polenta” and in the thick southern accent I had at the time, said “Well, that’s just cornmeal mush!” It was a tasty cornmeal mush, but it was definitely cornmeal mush which, like polenta, is just cornmeal boiled in water or milk.