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Grilled Polenta with White Beans and Tomatoes + 3 Years of A Couple Cooks

Grilled Polenta with White Beans and Tomatoes

Three years ago today, we started a blog called A Couple Cooks. Our personal blog was becoming so saturated with food photos that we decided to start a blog to focus on our growing interest in cooking.

We went around and around about the name. After an intense brainstorm session, I suggested A Couple Cooks (both a couple who cooks AND a couple of cooks — get it?). Alex was a bit wary, but we decided to go for it.

A Couple Cooks


Fast forward three years and we can’t imagine our lives without this blog. We’ve become connected with the most amazing people we’ve ever met – people passionate about food, creativity, cooking, health, art, sustainability, the Earth, and community. We’ve created things we love, and other people have made them too. We’ve learned about photography and food styling, made our way through 3 progressively fancier cameras, learned about SEO and social media, hacked our way through blog redesigns, and failed at more recipes than we can count. We’ve met local farmers and photographers and bloggers and teachers and caterers and authors all trying to make a difference with food. We’ve traveled to Cambodia and volunteered in a culinary training program to help young women through food. We’ve written a cookbook about the experience. We’ve met other people doing this crazy food blogging thing and become closer than we’d ever imagined with people we’ve never met in person.

We are so thankful for every minute we’ve been doing this. It’s been incredibly hard at some points, but one of the most rewarding things we’ve ever been a part of.

We’re not quite sure what the future holds, but we’re bursting with ideas of new things to do and try. Thank you so much to everyone who has encouraged us along the way, and especially to you, our readers. We are indebted to everyone who has ever left a comment or made a recipe — thank you for being a part of this!

And, the recipe. In the spirit of A Couple Cooks, we’re celebrating our 3 year blog anniversary with a recipe that’s perfect for a cooking date with a couple of people: be it you and your significant other, friend, or family member. We love “cooking dates” because they’re a wonderful way to both feed yourself and spend quality time with a loved one. This recipe is delicious and easy to put together: a combination of premade polenta with tomatoes, white beans, garlic and rosemary. The flavors are simple yet refined, and make for a lovely summer meal.

Enjoy — and thanks again for your amazing support!

Grilled Polenta with White Beans and Tomatoes + 3 Years of A Couple Cooks
This recipe works perfectly for two, since there are two distinct cooking tasks. Cook with your significant other, friend, family member - anyone who's game to spend a bit of time in the kitchen! Tasks for Person A and B are detailed below.
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 24-ounce tube polenta
  • 15-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (do not substitute dried)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
What To Do
  1. Person A: Cut the polenta into slices, about ½ inch thick. Drain and rinse the can of beans.
  2. Person B: Wash the cherry tomatoes, and cut them in half. Mince 2 garlic cloves. Remove the leaves from the rosemary, and finely chop 1½ teaspoons.
  3. Person A: Over medium high heat, heat a grill pan or nonstick skillet. Brush the pan with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray); do the same with both sides of the polenta slices. Place slices in the pan and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove the slices from the pan and cover them to keep warm.
  4. Person B: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic to skillet and sauté 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the beans, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, chopped rosemary, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and a few pinches of kosher salt. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  5. To serve: Place polenta slices on a plate. Spoon the bean and tomato mixture evenly over polenta, and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese. If desired, garnish with leftover rosemary sprigs.
Adapted from Cooking Light


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  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    August 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

    3 years is so exciting! I’ve been following you guys since the first year you started. It’s so fun to see how you progress and I am still a loyal reader! :)

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    August 6, 2013 at 7:42 am

    What a way you’ve come! As a newbie blogger I’m already loving learning and connecting with new people every day.
    Simple, wholesome dishes like this are what I love about A Couple Cooks. Here’s to many more years of cooking and sharing!

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    August 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Congrats on 3 years you guys! What a big day today is and what a great meal to celebrate with. I love grilled polenta, but covered with fresh tomatoes and white beans? YUM!

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    August 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Hip hip! Congrats on 3 years. I’m so glad to have had the chance to meet both of you (twice! and again soon!) and looking forward to whatever is in store. xoxo

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    August 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

    How delicious, this looks amazing! :)

  • Reply
    August 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Congrats on three years! I am so glad you two started this blog. I love it, and both of you, so much!

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    Ash- foodfashionparty
    August 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Congratulations!! The dish looks so good. Love polenta.

  • Reply
    August 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Happy blogiversary! This simple & savory polenta sounds like just the right way to celebrate. :)

  • Reply
    August 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Congratulations! I love the idea of writing the recipe with the thought of two (or more) people working together! It can be hard to divvy up tasks sometimes. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

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    Lindsey | The Next Course
    August 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Congratulations on three years! I love what you all have created here and look forward to following you in your next adventures! :-)

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    Lauren @ La Dolce Pita
    August 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary – your blog is beautiful and an inspiration to me, for sure.

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper
    August 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats! I never thought of your title as a couple who cooks as well as a couple of cooks. That’s a nice play on words!

  • Reply
    August 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats on three wonderful years! I’m so glad you started this blog, and I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you through another wonderful blogger. You guys are awesome, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    August 7, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! Looking forward to more tasty adventures ahead :)

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    Jessica Nunemaker from little Indiana
    August 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Happy anniversary! Since most blogs are neglected in 9 months (as they say), three years is a big achievement! :)

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    August 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Congrats on 3 years! I’ve loved following you. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it.

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    August 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Belated congratulations on three years of blogging! I’m always so in awe of what you guys have created here : )

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