Sformati, a molded Italian egg dish, are something like a soufflé, light and soft, but not as airy and can be sweet or savory. They often have a bechamel sauce as a base, but here is an example using creamy-soft cauliflower and ricotta and fontina cheeses. Served with lemony arugula or watercress, it makes a light, lively starter for a dark winter’s evening.
I turn to polenta when I am in need of some good, old-fashioned comfort food. I suspect it’s because there is not much difference between polenta and the grits I was raised on in North Florida. This simple dish relies once again on my favorite tomato sauce and not much else other than freshly cooked polenta made better than ever with a little added ricotta.