Based on the recipe from Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Cafe by Mollie Katzen
Pour 1-3/4 cups water into a medium-sized saucepan, add the salt, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, place the polenta in a bowl with the cold water, and stir until it is completely moistened.
Turn heat under the boiling water down to a simmer, and spoon in the wet polenta. Stir with a wooden spoon, and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 to 8 minutes, or until very thick.
Turn the polenta out onto two dinner plates, spreading it into a thin circle all the way to the rims of the plates. Let it cool for at least 1 hour. It will become very firm.
Cut the polenta into cubes or dice.
I had to add another 1/4 cup or so of water near the end of the cooking time to prevent sticking.
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