all times calculated on my stove, YMMV
Scrub beets but do not peel.
Wrap each beet separately in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the beets feel somewhat tender when squeezed, about 1¼ hours.
Unwrap the beets. To peel, working one at a time, impale a hot beet at the stem end on a fork. Using a small knife or your fingers (careful), pare off the skin.
Roast at 425.
2 cups black beans, 5 cups water. Add a little oil to the water. Cook for 24 minutes. Remove from heat, let sit for 5 minutes, and slowly release pressure.
Cook for 40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400F. Peel squash with vegetable peeler. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and pulp. Cut into 3/4in pieces. Put in a bowl and toss with olive oil and salt to coat. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring 3 times.
Thyme is a good addition.
"What's this? Trix? Aunt! Trix? You? You're after the prize! What
is it?" He picked up the box and studied the back. "A glow-in-the-dark
squid! Have you got it out of there yet?" He tilted the box, angling the
little colored balls of cereal so as to see the bottom, and nearly spilling
them onto the table top. "Here it is!" He hauled out a little cream-colored,
glitter-sprinkled squid, three-inches long and made out of rubbery plastic.
-- James P. Blaylock, "The Last Coin"
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