Submitted by Roberta Berry

From mother to daughter to granddaughter.

This recipe comes from my mom, Sadie, as given to her by Bubbie Moses. I remember Zaydee bringing the samovar (Russian tea urn that Zaydee gave Bubbie as a wedding present) and mamaliga to show and tell when I was in grammar school.


1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 teaspoon salt

4 cups water

dash of pepper

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Boil 3 cups water. Mix cornmeal with remaining water, salt and pepper. Pour slowly into 3 cups of boiling water stirring constantly. Cook until thickened approximately 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and butter. Top with more butter and cheese.  Options: omit cheese and serve with meat and gravy.