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Times Staff WriterWHAT do you face at Thanksgiving? A table overflowing with richness — roast turkey, a brimming gravy boat, buttery mashed or scalloped potatoes, mounds of stuffing studded with sausage — and often sugary side dishes as well, such as sweet...
Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 10 muffins Note: From Kim Boyce. Use the dark-skinned sweet potatoes commonly referred to as yams. 1/2 pound (about 2 small) sweet potatoes Vegetable oil spray for coating the tins 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter 3...
Tags: Butter, Foods and Beverages, Baking Powder, Ice Cream, Cinnamon
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMORE redolent, more heady, more burnished, a Thanksgiving table laden with lustrous golden turkey, velvety dark-green kale, burnt-sienna sweet potatoes is probably the richest feast of the year. In the gilded candlelight, it's hard to resist comparing...
Tags: Whipping Cream, Turkey, Breads, Holidays, Pumpkin
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer"NOT ONLY do I eat, I also am a Democrat," wrote Frank Sinatra in an intro to 1960's "Many Happy Returns: The Democrats' Cook Book, or How to Cook a G.O.P. Goose" (the sales of which helped buy TV air time for candidates). "Not only should every...
Restaurant CriticA European friend has a teenage son who loves ketchup so much that Dad carts home giant bottles of the stuff in his checked suitcase every time he visits the U.S. I know one person I won't be taking to Father's Office the next time he visits, because they...
Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 8 to 12 Note: This dish makes a satisfying main course for the vegetarians at your holiday table. For a quicker version, omit the sweet potato cakes altogether and simply spoon the mushroom ragout over roasted and...
Tags: Shallots, Butter, Walnuts, Kosher Salt, Potatoes
Total Time: About 1 hour with pie crust pre-made and sweet potatoes cooked Servings: 8 Note: This is adapted from "Bill Neal's Southern Cooking" (University of North Carolina Press, 1985). 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature, divided 1...
Tags: Butter, Kosher Salt, Ginger, Cinnamon, Pies and Tarts
Times Staff WriterIt's the old parlor game: "If you could eat dinner with anyone you wanted, whom would it be?" That may be fun for some, but for those who love to cook, wouldn't a more kitchen-centric twist be even better? Wouldn't you rather fantasize about whom you...
Times Staff WriterA good soufflé is a transcendent bit of cooking, delivering a wallop of flavor on a breathy whisper. It is intense yet ethereal, profound but insubstantial — like one of Ferran Adrià's foams, or a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Can you think of a better...
Times Staff WriterFINCHAWA, Ethiopia -- Machete in hand, Batire Baramo steps out of her mud hut before dinnertime and begins whacking at the base of a struggling young tree. A cornfield lies nearby, every stalk stunted and barren. A coffee bush wilts in a patch of earth...
Tags: Ethiopia, Foreign Aid, Nigeria, Poverty, Salt
Total time: 1 hour, 50 minutes Servings: 6 Note: This recipe is best with the pale gold sweet potatoes that are frequently labeled yams. They are drier, starchier and less sweet than the dark-orange ones. 1 sweet potato Butter 3 tablespoons...
Tags: Egg Whites, Butter, Recipes, Electrical Appliance, Nutmeg
Special to The TimesA hash is a wonderful way to show off fall's earthy colors and hearty flavors. Here, sweet potatoes share the stage with red bell peppers, onion and pancetta. Once the ingredients start to caramelize as they cook, they form delicious browned bits of...
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