Monday, November 30, 2009

Sweet Potato Bake


119. What are your favorite dishes to savor on Thanksgiving Day? The turkey and dressing always rank high, along with pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes and gravy. No one menu is more special or better tasting...we all have "the best" menu when we share this meal with our family and friends. Yes, the food tastes great...but it is the time spent with those dear to your heart that enhance the experience. Make everything taste...better!

Baking pies, especially pumpkin or pecan, are at the top of my list. This year it was Pumpkin and Cranberry Apple Pies.
Thanksgiving Day began at 5:00am, so we could catch the 6:10am train into NYC. Yes, we went to the Macy's Day Parade. And we are so glad we did!
The day was perfect and the Spiderman Balloon stole the show!!!
I personally, was very excited to see the "Food Network" float...although Bobby Flay and Paula Deen were not in sight!
Around 3:00pm we arrived back home, happy, tired, and very hungry. I stuffed and baked my turkey from midnight till 5:00am that morning, so the turkey just needed to be reheated.
I decided to make a quick Sweet Potato Bake, that my girls always *gobble* up.
I peel and chop 4 to 5 sweet potatoes and arrange them in a deep casserole or baking dish.
Sprinkle brown sugar, about 1 cup, over the potatoes, then dot with small handful of raisins. I used white raisins.
Drizzle maple syrup over top of potatoes then dot with butter, or melt butter and pour over.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour or till bubbly and the potatoes are tender.
After our meal we played "Clue" and enjoyed a piece of pie.
But the crowning enjoyment of our meal was the special "Persimmon Sorbet" my daughter just whipped up! It was wonderful...with a hint of lemon and cinnamon. You could taste the cinnamon first, then you would catch the lemon and then the persimmon's subtle flavor came through! This was a wonderful recipe!!! And it was so beautiful!
I am sure your Thanksgiving Day was just as tasty!

"You have to eat to cook.
You can't be a good cook and be a non-eater.
I think eating is the secret to good cooking."
~ Julia Childs

"Dining with one's friends and beloved family
is certainly one of life's primal and most innocent delights,
one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal."
~ Julia Childs

2 comments:

cindyholman said...

I love your pictures and memories, Lilly!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your day. Everything looks so good Some of my "gang" watched the parade on TV, but I was busy in the kitchen most of the time.
Thanks for reading along - hope I don't get to boring for you. :)

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