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Sweet Potato Casserole

I love sweet potatoes. I think I’ve mentioned this before (sweet potato and squash bake, sweet potato pie, bean and sweet potato soup, spiced sweet potato oven fries). We buy them whenever we visit Vientiane in the fall or winter because the sweet potatoes there are fatter and better.

I made this casserole for Thanksgiving. Isn’t it funny how such a sweet dish is considered a side dish? People even put marshmallows on it and still don’t call it a dessert! You can find the recipe here.

When it says “cooked and mashed sweet potatoes” I recommend boiling the sweet potatoes instead of baking them because they’ll be more moist. Of course, bake them when you cook the casserole, but boil the sweet potatoes before mixing everything together. Also, this recipe is very sweet – you could probably reduce the amount of sugar. If you don’t have pecans, you could probably leave them out and it would still taste great.

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Scones in 3 Flavors

 

from left to right: Chocolate Chip Orange, Maple Walnut, Cheddar Garlic

 

I’ve been making scones since a friend gave me a scone cookbook and a scone baking pan a while ago. The book is called Simply Scones and it has a lot of great recipes in it. I would still be using it, except it’s in the US with my brother, I think. The scone pan is great because it helps shape the scones into perfect little wedges. But it’s not that hard to make the same shapes without the pan either. Scones are a pretty simple combination of flour, sugar (usually), salt, baking powder, butter, and milk. After you get the basic technique down, it’s pretty easy to create your own versions by adding different flavorings to the basic dough (nuts, cheese, spices, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, dried fruits, juices instead of milk, flavor extracts . . . ).

So today I made 3 kinds of scones. I made Chocolate Chip Orange Scones from one of my favorite recipes and then I adapted that recipe to make Maple Pecan and Cheddar Garlic scones. You may also be interested in my recipe for Apple Cheddar Scones. Continue reading