Monday, September 15, 2008

Yams and Winky Dinks


Winky Dink And Yams
Ain’t dead yet. I know I am still alive because I still get worked up about rocky road ice cream and standing with an umbrella in a big rain storm. I can still remember my age, my middle name, my phone number and my children’s birthdays. I can remember using my Winky Dink coloring kit to write on our small black and white TV set when Arthur Godfrey came on.
Ok, I have now lost most of my audience.
My mother was an excellent cook. Always from scratch. Even when Swanson came out with the first boxed cake the only place I saw the box was on the store shelf.
Along with my remembrances came Thanksgiving Family Dinners and Yams.
My mother had a way to make this dish that even the finickiest of eaters in our family would come back for seconds.
Unlike the Winky Dink that remains in the archive of my memory, my Mom’s Yams At Thanksgiving can still be enjoyed today.
Mashed Maple-Orange Yams (Sweet Potatoes)
2 pounds sweet potatoes , peeled, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices-(important for cooking evenly)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon orange zest (if you can find a Valencia Orange- I believe they have the best orange flavor)
Pinch ground black pepper
1. Combine sweet potatoes, butter, cream, sugar and salt in 3 to 4 quart saucepan; cook, covered over low heat, stirring occasionally, until potatoes fall apart when poked with fork , 35-45 minutes. (you read correctly- NO WATER!!)
2. Remove from heat, mash in saucepan with potato masher.
Add maple syrup , orange zest and pepper.**
And Serve.
And He walks with me, And He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there; None other has ever known
Happy Joyful Thanksgiving to you and your family as we tarry together making fond memories!!!

**Recipe from Cooks Illustrated and my Mom who did it long before they did!!!

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