Today is New Years Eve. And this holiday can seem a little lack luster when you have small children. I sat up last night thinking of how I can make it significant in some way. And I decided on us all filling out a time capsule paper and we will open it in 10 years. We will answer questions like "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" and "What was the funnest thing you did in 2009?" Jack's answers should be excellent. And I will go to the store and buy a bottle of bubbly, but only as long as the snow isn't too high. I think we have a foot and a half outside. Mothers of small children, how do you guys do New Year's Eve?
Calling all sweet potato lovers. I need your help in convincing Ethan that sweet potatoes are actually one of the most delightful vegetables ever to grace the produce section. He claims to not like them. I claim lame. So please, I need you to bear your testimony of the truth of sweet potatoes. Tell him how they make your insides tango. Tell him how you are a better person because sweet potatoes are apart of your life. And for heaven's sake, tell him that they are at the very best right now seeing as they are in season.
5 sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered and chopped
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp kosher salt
A few grinds black pepper
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Zest of 1 orange
In a steaming pot over simmering water, add potatoes. Cover and steam for 15 minutes, or until very fork tender. Pour potatoes in a large bowl. With a hand mixer, add butter and heavy cream and mix until butter is melted and potatoes are smooth. Add salt, pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and orange zest. Mix until combined. Taste to check if additional salt is needed.
Yields 6-8 servings.
Served with this: Sweet and spicy oven-baked pork chops. I think I will post these soon. Delightful little chops, they were.
Rookie's Notes: After researching the best way to cook sweet potatoes to be mashed, steaming was the best option. Something about the starch content of sweet potatoes or whatever. With the size of the veggie steamer that I have, I had to do the sweet potatoes in two batches. But it didn't take long because with the second batch, I didn't have to wait for the water to boil.