Mango and honey-glazed baby back ribs with sweet potato fries

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**While I figure out some lingering technical issues with the blog, here is something from the archive, circa 2011. Enjoy!Speedy and I have been getting used to light meals during weekdays. Sandwiches. Soup and bread... One Sunday morning recently when both our girls were home, he seemed a little shocked at the amount of food on the table. Well, it's only on weekends … [Read more...]

Making mashed sweet potatoes is not exactly the same as making mashed potatoes

When I was a kid, I often heard older people scolding their not-too-studious children and telling them off by saying, "Magtanim ka na lang ng kamote (Go plant sweet potatoes instead)!" To contextualize, it meant planting sweet potatoes was an activity for the uneducated with the implication that planting sweet potatoes was so simple that even the most simple of simpletons … [Read more...]

How to cook: Ovo-vegetarian fingerling sweet potatoes with aioli

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In Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten made a dish of boiled fingerling potatoes that she served with aioli for dipping. Speedy and I adored the idea but decided that our version would have sweet potatoes instead. Not only are sweet potatoes cheaper, they are also healthier -- at least, in terms of Vitamin A and beta carotene content.As for aioli, don't feel intimidated. Just … [Read more...]

A vegetarian sweet and sour dish

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We’ve come to know sweet and sour Chinese-style dishes in two basic forms. As a stir fry, floured thin strips of pork or fish are tossed with sweet and sour sauce and some vegetables (often, just added for color). Or the dish can consist of a whole fish that had been deep fried until crisp, [...] … [Read more...]

Butter-rich creamy mashed sweet potatoes

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I love mashed starchy vegetables -- mashed potatoes, mashed squash (kalabasa), mashed squash and potatoes... I suppose it was only a matter of time before I tried mashed sweet potatoes. I read that it's a "classic accompaniment for traditional holiday dishes like roasted turkey and chicken."And when I finally made mashed sweet potatoes, I decided to heed the … [Read more...]