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November 17, 2005 in The Daily Chat | Permalink


Roasted sweet potatoes:

We host the extended in-law clan on Thanksgiving. They always go gaga over 3 things, to the point where we have to make extra for doggie bags -- brined turkey, apple pie (now made by my 12 yr old son following family recipe) and roasted sweet potatoes. We also serve traditional, goopy, candied yams, but the roasted sweets are a less cloying alternative that get treated like some huge and marvelous secret treat! Funny thing is, there's really no secret and the recipe is easy.

1) Get a box or 2 of Lipton onion soup (make sure one of the boxes has the "roasted potatoes" recipe on it).

2) Substitute fresh sweets for the regular potatoes contemplated by the box recipe.

3) follow recipe, maybe at a higher heat (to ensure the outsides of sweet potato chunks get caramelized/crispy).

4) Wallow in praise. Seriously.

Anyone else have a novel Thanksgiving recipe? I always like to have something new on the feast table...

Posted by: Appletony | Nov 17, 2005 3:00:42 PM

Have ya ever noticed how 3:00pm is either too late for a meeting or too early to go anywhere? It seems that nobody likes to schedule things for 3:00....hmmmmmmm

Posted by: The Iceman | Nov 17, 2005 3:07:04 PM

WHat a great idea, Appletony!

I have tons of recipes...at home. So, I will share them in a day or two.

I saw an awesome one in NY magazine last week, for roasted lamb encrusted with ground up candy canes, with unbroken canes decorating the sides. It was certainly unique-looking. Sounds yummy, too. Not too much different than mint jelly, I suppose.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Nov 17, 2005 3:14:00 PM

Hasn't this been sort of boring lately? We need to add some spice to our coffee...

Posted by: Dana | Nov 17, 2005 3:21:28 PM

Another variation on sweet potatoes. Peel & boil, roast or steam (depending on your preference) a mess of sweet potatoes until tender. Mash along with a stick of butter and 1-2 chopped chipotle peppers (canned)plus 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce from the can. This can be made in advance though I think it increases in potency overnight. If you're not calorie conscious, you can add some cream or half & half to mellow the flavor.

Posted by: JohnC | Nov 17, 2005 3:23:08 PM

Anyone here have a birthday near Xmas? I'm curious if you've ever gotten a combo gift. I have a sib who's been cheated over the years with this concept. I make a point of getting her two separate gifts.

Posted by: Krys | Nov 17, 2005 3:25:16 PM

I have a recipe I used for making brownies (secret ingredient from Columbia) in college...it's appropriate for any season.

Posted by: The Iceman | Nov 17, 2005 3:28:51 PM

BTW-My mom tipped me off several years ago about using the microwave oven to cook potatoes and I've done sweet potatoes in there as well. Just make sure that you poke holes in the skin. Depending upon the wattage of your microwave, the cook time would be approximately 5-7 minutes.

Posted by: Krys | Nov 17, 2005 3:34:43 PM

What Montclair establishments define you? Pick favorites in at least three categories:

1. restaurants (1-3 examples)
2. recreational site (bar, park, home)
3. apparel retailers
4. supermarket
5. house of worship
6. movie theatre
7. preferred commuter transportation
8. political affiliation

I'll go first:

1. Aozora, Taro, Orbis
4. Whole Foods
6. Wellmont
7. definitely train

Posted by: viveverite | Nov 17, 2005 3:35:47 PM

1. restaurants (1-3 examples)
2. recreational site (bar, park, home)
3. apparel retailers
4. supermarket
5. house of worship
6. movie theatre
7. preferred commuter transportation
8. political affiliation

1) Osteria Giotto; Marzullo's
2) South Park
5) South Park or Just Jake's, depending on my level of faith that night...

Posted by: Dana | Nov 17, 2005 3:39:15 PM

Miss Martta -

i saw that lamb/candy cane recipe too!! wylie dufresne is great! i'd love to go to his restaurant wd-50, but alas, i can't afford that.

Posted by: efs | Nov 17, 2005 3:43:50 PM

My boyfriend's birthday is Dec 26th, so he constantly gets combo-gifted. He hates it passionately. I find it especially in poor taste because the people who do it don't combine into a bigger better gift, they're just being cheap, even though he gets them b'day and christmas gifts. His best friend, whose birthday is the 28th, has found the same thing.

Posted by: Christine | Nov 17, 2005 3:59:39 PM

EFS- Yes, that's the one! I can't, either, so it was nice of him to post recipes.

The name of his restaurant cracked me up. Good thing it's not WD40! LOL!

Posted by: Miss Martta | Nov 17, 2005 4:02:24 PM

3. Rocklin Opticians
5. Bean's
8. Copabananas

Posted by: Krys | Nov 17, 2005 4:03:48 PM

Anyone try the new Middle Eastern place on Bloomfield Ave, where La Giada was ? Name is Addiwan I think.
Looks very cozy.

Posted by: Sharon | Nov 17, 2005 4:11:42 PM

Funny, Martta - but he named it after the address - 50 Clinton. And the cost really isn't that bad. The apps are $14-$19, which are a bit high, but his entrees are $24 to $30, which is about $2 or $3 higher than at a decent room out in this neck of the woods. Throw in a bottle of wine and two people can get out of there for $150. Not exactly a Church Street Breakfast, but it is the Big Apple...

Check it out at http://www.wd-50.com/info.html.

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Nov 17, 2005 4:16:57 PM

1. Satish Palace, Tuptim, Indigo Smoke
2. The Office
4. Whole Foods

Posted by: parkinlot | Nov 17, 2005 4:48:09 PM

Great recipe usually make it with regular pot's, but nice twist with sweets. Regarding combo gift, my birthday 12/29 - rules are no combo, no Christmas wrapping and no opening up on Christmas day either.

Posted by: mbeetle | Nov 17, 2005 4:51:00 PM

I got combo gifted every year growing up, and my birthday is in November.

That should tell you something about my parents.

Posted by: crank | Nov 17, 2005 5:27:01 PM

or does that say something about you?

Posted by: The Iceman | Nov 17, 2005 5:31:11 PM

My birthday is January 3, and as a kid I felt I got gypped to some extent, since everyone was broke after Christmas.

Posted by: latebloomer | Nov 17, 2005 5:59:40 PM

Poor Crank!

Posted by: Dana | Nov 17, 2005 6:16:56 PM

Has anyone seen the Clooney movie "good night good luck"?

Posted by: The Iceman | Nov 17, 2005 6:33:55 PM

LOL Iceman!

But no, Scots Presbyterian household = "thrifty," if you catch my drift.

Posted by: crank | Nov 17, 2005 6:57:43 PM

Yea Dana.....so boring.

Posted by: grme | Nov 17, 2005 7:52:42 PM

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