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Yams and Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving

Yam

Yam

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Yams and sweet potatoes are part and parcel of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, especially in the southern part of the United States. These can come in the form of a pie, an open tart, or simply as a plain dish of gooey caramelized goodness. They can come embellished with orange zest or topped with marshmallows. Some cooks will prepare them with a touch of bourbon and a splash of lemon juice so that you get a sweet-tart dessert in contrast to the turkey, the centerpiece of the meal.

Is it a Yam or a Sweet Potato?

The orange tubers served as Thanksgiving dessert are usually called yams, but they are actually sweet potatoes. There is a difference between a yam and a sweet potato, and although the dividing line between these two terms has blurred, the yam is a substantially different from the sweet potato. “What is the Difference Between a Yam and a Sweet Potato?” According to NCS Sweet Potatoes,” A true yam is a starchy edible root of the Dioscorea genus, and is generally imported to America from the Caribbean. It is rough and scaly and very low in beta carotene.” [Read more…]

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Turkey Can Be Served In Many Ways

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The Thanksgiving dinner is usually attended by family and friends plus one regular guest: the Thanksgiving turkey. There are several theories about how this bird became a permanent fixture of Thanksgiving celebrations. Purists are careful to say this bird may or may not have been in the original menu when the Wampanoag Indians and the Colonists celebrated the year’s harvest. Despite this ambiguity, having this dish at the center of the table has been the quintessential culinary symbol of Thanksgiving through the centuries.

The time honored way of preparing this bird in the United States is to roast it in an oven and serve it with gravy, cranberry sauce, cornbread, and yams. Through the years, however, cooks all world have found new ways to give this dish their personal mark. You now have oven roasted, rotisserie broiled, barbecued, and deep fried. Moreover, even the usual side dishes have changed a bit in many homes. [Read more…]

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