This soup is the quintessential taste of fall, the sweetness of the pears delicately balancing the subtle earthiness of the sweet potato. The sweet potato and pear are both in the peak of season now, their natural flavors enhancing each other beautifully.
Sweet potatoes, native to Central America, are one of the oldest vegetables known to man. They have a starchy sweet taste with different varieties unique flavor profiles. Rich in beta-carotene, sweet potatoes are loaded with powerful antioxidant protection against damage to cellular structures and DNA.
In American grocery potato bins, the name yam and sweet potatoes are often used interchangeably, but the two are biologically unrelated plants. The main distinguishing factor between a sweet potato and a yam is a sweet potato generally has ends which taper to a point and yams tend to have rough scaly skin. The majority you’ll find in our town are varieties of orange sweet potatoes.
My kids gave me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. Both passionate cooks, they told me they couldn’t imagine life without the contraption. But, to be honest, I rolled my eyes when opening the box—the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget cluttering my counters. That’s until I spied a yogurt button on the panel. I can make … Full recipe post »
Must pasta insist we default to basil and oregano when seasoning the accompanying sauce? Does Indian cuisine demand we pay homage to proteins with basmati rice, potatoes or Naan? Break free the chains! Particularly now since Al Dente’s latest line of Piccola Pastas have hit market shelves to switch things up. My last post, Pastazanella, was inspired by … Full recipe post »
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