Hot Dish Like Mom Used to Make

Whoa!!! Now that’s a pretty big claim, pardner. I aim to mosey on over to United Church on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to find out for myself just how “close to Mom’s” this hot dish actually is. Regardless, I know it is going to be good, as in Good.

Of course, this means that we are starting our weekly “Simple Suppers.” We offer these low cost meals every Thursday evening before the Two Harbors City Band concert in Thomas Owens Park, right across the street. Dinner starts at 5:30, and the concert starts at 7:30.

This reminds of three things I’ve learned during my off-and-on quest to duplicate (close, but not quite) my mother’s hot dish. Three things that I know I didn’t understand back when Mom was preparing these wonderful meals. And in thinking about it, maybe there is a bit of good advice here, for my contemporary life in general:

  1. Less can be more. This was certainly the case with my mother’s hot dish. There were probably just 4 ingredients in the dish that I consider my favorite comfort food of all time–noodles, Campbell’s tomato soup, ground beef, and celery. When I’m making it, I can’t help but add a bit of this, and a pinch of that, and before you know it, it is nothing like the original, and not nearly as good. If it ain’t broke……….
  2. Economy is a basic ingredient in comfort food. (That makes five ingredients.) It’s not comfort food if you feel any distress due to the cost of the ingredients. Hmmmm, I wonder if I could apply this elsewhere in my day-to-day life?
  3. Celery is not useless, after all.

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