Monday, February 4, 2013
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
I lived my entire life missing out on one of life's greatest food sources. I can pinpoint the moment when I decided I knew that I didn't like sweet potatoes, one Thanksgiving years ago. I tried candied yams and knew without a doubt in my 13-year-old mind that I would never eat yams or sweet potatoes ever again. NEVER.
And I held true to that for 16 1/2 years.
The truth is, I would still be in that boat if I did not 'need' to make Joy the Baker's sweet potato cookies for the baking group I am in. And I would have been fine, like a kid is fine the first year or two of their life when their parents vow never to give them sugar. But then one day they have chocolate cake or a brownie and their little brain says, "Hey, why have you been holding out on me, huh?!"
That was the conversation I had with myself this winter after those cookies: "Why have you been holding out on me?!"
Sweet potatoes are GOOD! Really good. In fact, so good that you will be seeing at least three sweet potato recipes in the next week or two. Why? Because I want to eat them ALL. DAY. LONG.
And the easiest way to do that? Mashed sweet potatoes. Takes 15 minutes (mostly while you are waiting for the potatoes to boil) and tastes like Heaven on a spoon. No more living in sweet potato ignorance for me!