Melissa's Season 4 Top Tips

To add to her new season of Ten Dollar Dinners, Melissa shares her best tips for cooks on a budget and busy moms like herself.

Categories:
Comfort Food, Healthy, Make Ahead
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Melissa loves the polenta at Scott Conant’s restaurant, Scarpetta, in New York City. Scott gave her a few tips on making perfectly creamy polenta. First, you need to have a 1:7 polenta-to-liquid ratio. Second, you must cook polenta for a long time (several hours) to reach the desired texture. Melissa came up with an ingenious way to make polenta, perfect for the busy mom who doesn’t have time to nurse it on the stovetop for hours: She cooks it in her slow cooker. It's a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment that doesn’t need babysitting. She only needs to stir the polenta once every 30 minutes or so. The slow-cooker is great for making soups, slow braises and summertime dishes because it doesn’t heat up the house as the oven would.