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.
Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »
…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday … Full recipe post »
Hi there! I'm Peggy Lampman -
Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
home kitchen - persnickety customers, petulant children and piles of dirty dishes
lie in my wake. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
are my story. More about Peggy and this site...
Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado)
enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was
waking at dawn to the "Call To Prayer" in Turkey. Porcini to Tuscany, and so on. Read more about my chronicles of
trips and favorite associated recipes. Browse my travel recipes...
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