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Mother’s Day

Here is what I created for lunch with Mom tomorrow.

The main dish was intended to be a black bean, squash, and cornmeal casserole, an idea I conceived sans recipe. Unfortunately, when I went to make the polenta topping, I found my cornmeal to have gone rancid. (I bought the bag prior to realizing it is best to store it in the refrigerator.) So, I’ll just bring some corn tortillas instead. :)

This is a lightly-spiced dish as my Mom isn’t into hot stuff and I’ve tortured many a family member with my typical scorchers in the past. I sauteed some onions, garlic, green bell pepper and baby bella mushrooms. Once the mushrooms had a little color, I added the black beans (15 oz can), a tsp of dried oregano, a 1/2 tsp of cumin, an 1/8 tsp of chipotle powder, and a 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke (mesquite flavor). This mixture was transferred to a loaf pan. I then lightly steamed some butternut squash and mashed it with a fork, adding 1/8 tsp of cumin and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. This was spread over top the beans. Tomorrow, we’ll just heat it up a little and serve with the tortillas. I’m bringing some hot sauce!

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One Response to “Mother’s Day”

  1. Mom says:

    I must say, this was a wonderfully delicious Mother’s Day present. The main dish was just too good, I could have eaten more but as I am a "grazer" I have to keep my meals small. Al surprised me by refusing a side of meat and thoroughly enjoyed the dish Erin prepared along with some salad. All of us had additional spoonfuls saving room for dessert.

    Now, I must say I have not been a fan of tofu in some of the dishes I have tried, but it does make a mah-velous peanut butter pie. It was a perfect blend of creamy filling and crunchy chocolate crust.

    I am so lucky to have a son who has inherited his Dad’s cooking skills and expanded on them by always being able to create his own delightful recipes. Even as young as 11 or 12 he was already preparing peanut butter granola bars and various cookies from what he had in his mind. Many after school snacks he and his sister enjoyed were from his imagination.

    BRAVO! and Thank You Erin! Love, Mom

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