i have some italian heritage and feel that all italian foods should just come naturally to me. not so easily, i learned.
status: somewhat fail.
why i'm including it: i love the tubes of polenta you can buy, and thought there was no better was to use up some cornmeal than to cook up an authentic version. unfortunately, i don't believe i ever saw my grandparents make homemade polenta (although i've heard stories). a LOT of effort and time later, the results were just 'meh'. (i added in some bell peppers to make it tastier)
would i make it again: not sure. is buying it all that unauthentic? i've seen one of the tubes in my grandma's fridge, after all. :)