I was excited to receive Plated by Elana Karp and Suzanne Dumaine. When I received the book I spent some time reading through the book, examining the recipes, and drooling over the scrumptious pictures. My stomach, as well as my heart smiled. I couldn’t wait to create one of the recipes I saw.

Since this is a cookbook I knew I needed to try out a recipe in order to give a proper review. I chose one, but can see that in the future I will be trying many others. For this review I chose:

Polenta cakes with fried eggs on page 94

Thankfully I already have the ingredients to make this recipe.


Polenta Cakes with Fried Eggs on page 94 looks scrumptious and easy to make. The Polenta, also known as grits is easy to cook you can follow the package direction but the special ingredients that Plated adds of dried mushrooms, shallots, and other yummy ingredients makes this extra yummy. After making the polenta you put the left overs into a pan and let it cool. I made the polenta in the morning and put it into a pan and put it in the fridge for dinner. Yes, I Jamie, Had polenta cakes and eggs for supper. Yum! I will make this again.  Here is the recipe:

Polenta Cakes with fried eggs:


Left over polenta (see page 93 for the polenta recipe)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 large eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

With left over polenta cut the chilled polenta into 3 inch squares. In a large non-stick pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the polenta cakes in a single layer and cook until browned and warmed through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove and set aside. Heat the remaining olive oil in the same pan over medium high heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Fry without moving until the whites are set, 2 to 3 minutes. Slide the fried eggs over the polenta and eat hot.

The recipes in this book are simple and any chef at any level is able to accomplish the goal of yummy food. Another element that I love is that it has a menu plan for a dinner party, and weekend brunches. How awesome is that? I highly recommend this book for those who want to cook meals for themselves and do not know how to accomplish this. This is the book for you.

Eating well is an important aspect of any person who has autoimmune issues. This book uses real food, and simple cooking techniques. I appreciated that. Also it was not complicated and didn’t take a lot of energy to produce high quality results. This spoonies appreciates that.


I was given a free copy of Plated by Elana Karp and Suzanne Dumaine by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I express are my own.

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