Sunday, November 8, 2009

What's cookin' in my kitchen tonight?

I'm in the mood for "fresh" and homemade goods tonight. Scouting my cell phone cookbook by Betty Crocker, I found a delicious and simple recipe for Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes which was perfect since my neighbor just brought over a small bag of fresh sweet potatoes from a festival she attended yesterday. (iphone/ipod touch FREE Betty Crocker app. listed at the bottom of my post)

This is the classic made-from-scratch sweet potato recipe. It's easy and can be completely cooked on top of the stove.
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 50 min
Makes: 6 servings

6 medium sweet potatoes or yams (2 pounds)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Scrub sweet potatoes, but do not peel. Place potatoes in 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water just to cover. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly. Slip off skins. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
2. Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Add potatoes. Gently stir until glazed and hot.

My husband acquired 4 large uncured and fresh slices of ham from a friend who is opening his own meat processing plant. I thought that I would thaw this package out, season the ham and fry it in a small amount of Olive oil.

My generous neighbor (Same neighbor who shared her potatoes) visited the Amish community this morning and brought me my first loaf of fresh, homemade Amish bread! This bread smells delicious and has been made from scratch by the Amish families in Pontotoc MS. I haven't been to this community as of yet but, I have been planning a trip sometime in the near future. I've been told that they have a wonderful variety of goods and services. I have a deep respect and love for the Amish communities. When I visit, I will share a post with any goods that I purchase.

I will slice the bread and serve it warm with a slice of ham over the top, candied sweet potatoes and green beans on the side with a glass of iced sweet tea. No dessert unless you count the chocolate that we received yesterday from our daughters Girl Scout troop! We'll possible have a chocolate pecan cluster after dinner.

I haven't cooked our planned dinner, I have prepared the potatoes and will begin preparation on our other ingredients in about 30-45 minutes. Yes, I'll update you with how dinner turned out later! This is my first attempt trying the Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes so wish me luck!

If you have time, I'd love to hear what you're "cookin' in the kitchen" tonight!

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Hmmm, well needless to say that my candied sweet potatoes did not look like the picture from the recipe, lol. They did however, taste great! I would add a little extra brown sugar and butter next time.

My ham? It didn't even taste like ham! I suppose that since it was fresh and uncured, it wouldn't. Our ham looked and tasted just like an oversized pork chop.

The bread is delicious and soft. I have enough bread to make toast with butter and homemade jam in the morning.


Lonnie on November 11, 2009 at 1:04 PM said...

Sounds really good!

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