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Please help -- what does polenta mean?

actually, i know what it means, but i'm confused about its use in this cookie recipe. it sounds like they just want cornmeal, but if that's the case why don't they say it? prepared polenta is sold packaged in a tube -- they can't mean that, can they? any help would be appreciated.

http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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  1. Produce Addict, I'm not a foodstuffs expert!, but I just looked up polenta in 3 different places, and it is described as the mush made from cornmeal, NOT the cornmeal itself.
    I suppose you could make up a bit yourself if all you have is cornmeal.

    1. Polenta is cornmeal mush. No need to buy it. Make your own.

      1. There's cornmeal and there's cornmeal. I would assume they intend a specific grade/grain-size of polenta(a finer grade more akin to fine semolina?)...but who knows?

        1. I like using cornmeal labeled as Polenta. It's a finer grain resulting in a creamy polenta. I get mine in the Italian market imported. Corry

          1. It is regular dry polenta (i.e. cornmeal)