I have a friend in Denver who often called her mom’s cooking pile.  I am not 100% sure why although I have come to love the term and define it not as something bad, but as a pile of yummy grub that I can’t help but love eating as a flavorful mix instead of as distinctly different dinner items.  We made this pile of black beans with apple salsa, rotisserie chicken and brown rice upon our return from vacation.  It is out of the January issue of Bon Appetit and part of the traditional January healthy eating the New Year spurs.  It was so refreshing and comfortable-also filled with complementary flavors, savory chicken, bright apples and creamy beans.  My photo looks so like theirs it is uncanny.  I changed out the chili powder for cayenne because that was what we had.

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