frugal cooking http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10270/all en-US Little Old Lady Recipes: Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/catherine_0.jpg" alt="Catherine" title="Catherine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="162" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am the rare person who really, really <em>wants</em> to host Thanksgiving. I've done it twice before, with the requisite newbie disasters (at the first Thanksgiving I hosted, a bubbling pie in the oven filled the kitchen with smoke, and when working on a chair, my father hurt his hand so badly that we thought it was broken). But hosting Thanksgiving combines two of my favorite things &mdash; cooking, and bringing together people I love to enjoy good food and conversation.</p> <p>That's also one of the goals of my book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594745188/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=megbook-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=217145&amp;creative=399373&amp;creativeASIN=1594745188">Little Old Lady&nbsp;Recipes</a>&quot; &mdash; to provide recipes for classic comfort food that brings people together. One of the (many) great things about writing the book was getting to meet with mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers &mdash; lifelong cooks who had served food to several generations of family &mdash; and get their time-tested recipes. Some of the items in the book are the stuff of day-to-day dinners, but there are also great special occasion foods &mdash; like that Thanksgiving classic, sweet potatoes with marshmallows. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-classic-frugal-cooking">Little Old Lady&nbsp;Recipes: Classic Frugal Cooking</a>)</p> <p>What I love about this recipe is that it isn't just sweet, it's also buttery (a requirement for me!), with a bit of citrus tang thanks to the addition of orange juice. I'm not hosting turkey day this year, unfortunately &mdash; I'll be attending a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-potluck-parties-that-help-you-share-the-wealth">potluck</a>, and it looks like I'm bringing a dessert. But if I was hosting, these sweet potatoes featured in &quot;Little Old Lady Recipes,&quot; topped with just-crispy marshmallows, would be on the menu.</p> <blockquote><h2>Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows</h2> <ul> <li>5 or 6 sweet potatoes or yams</li> <li>1/2 cup brown sugar</li> <li>3 to 4 tbsp butter</li> <li>1 tsp salt</li> <li>Juice of 1/2 orange</li> <li>1/2 tsp cinnamon</li> <li>2 cups mini marshmallows</li> </ul> <p>Show me a Thanksgiving without marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, and I'll show you one annoyed lady. Though you'll normally see these orange-and-white sweets around November, try 'em in the cold depths of February, when you need a little non-holiday pick-me-up.</p> <p>Peel, cube, and then boil the sweet potatoes until tender &mdash; or use canned sweet potatoes. Mash. Then add sugar, butter, salt, orange juice, and cinnamon. Scoop into a greased casserole dish.&nbsp;Sprinkle the marhsmallows on top and bake in a 350&deg;F oven until the marshmallows look toasty. Serve hot. Makes 6 to 8 servings.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>What's your favorite classic Thanksgiving dish? Share in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes" class="sharethis-link" title="Little Old Lady Recipes: Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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