there was a time
when there was not much money
but lots of imagination
and my three growing daughters
the special casseroles were born
along with their legends
jewel of the sea
(tuna, old noodles, mushroom soup, peas and crushed potato chips on top)
‘it’s what the mermaids eat.’
(same as the recipe above, just sub in chicken in a can for the tuna)
‘the crunchy bits on top (stale potato chips), are the special part of this secret recipe. it’s what the farmers eat.’
(cut up leftover hot dogs, beans, cheese, ketchup, mustard)
‘it’s what the cowboys eat on the trail, during the big roundup.’
just mix everything together
make something new out of them
turn them into a collage of food
give it all a name
create a story
bake it for a while
until it bubbles
scoop it out
eat until full.
‘yes, you can mix green beans, onion soup and ketchup,
it’s one of the most popular casseroles in the world.
not everyone gets the chance to eat this’
and we ate
and we were full
though there was
a bit of rebellion
and some questions
and organized sentinel duty
‘let’s take turns standing by mom when she makes the chili.
make sure she doesn’t put anything weird in it.
don’t leave her side for a minute.
you’re the youngest, you go first.’
yet we all lived to tell.
happy mother’s day
to my three daughters
who are all now mothers themselves
and wonderful cooks
and to all of the
other mothers out there
and those who now have
or have had mothers
and mother figures
in their lives
may you always find a way to feed your brood
with whatever food you have
with much love.
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