Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Its Called Buddy Biscuits Sweet Potato Madness.... yummy Its actually for dogs with allergys? Huh?
Cloud Star Buddy Biscuit Sweet Potato Madness Treats are WHEAT and CORN FREE (2 common allergens) making them a nice and yummy treat for dogs with allergies. Also free of soy, sugar, salt, dairy, and egg. Vegan and vegetarian approved.Ingredients barley, spelt, vegetable oil, fresh sweet potatoes, mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E - a natural preservative).
Dogs love Buddy Biscuits Ok now I have heard it all....
Monday, November 12, 2007
3/4 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup nonfat milk
2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Nonfat cooking spray
Nonfat milk (optional)
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
1. To cook the sweet potatoes, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Peel and cube the potatoes into 1-1/2-inch pieces then boil for about 20-30 minutes or until tender. Drain thoroughly then mash with a fork or potato masher in a large bowl.
2. Preheat oven to 425º F.
3. Stir in the butter and milk into the potatoes. Add 1-3/4 cups of the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and mix until combined. Add the rest of the 1/4 cup of flour and combine.
4. Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead 5-6 times. Roll dough flat to half-inch thickness.
5. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits from the dough or use a sharp knife to cut biscuits into 2-inch square pieces.
6. Spray a baking sheet with nonfat cooking spray then place biscuit pieces close together on the sheet.
7. Brush the top of each biscuit with nonfat milk then lightly sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.
8. Bake biscuits for about 15 minutes or until golden.
- 82 calories
- 2 g Total fat
- Sat Fat 1g
- Trans Fat 0
- Cholesterol 5mg
- Sodium 195
- Dietary fiber 1 g
- Sugars 2 g
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Vardaman, Mississippi claims to be the Sweet Potato Capital of the World.
1. 6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes were produced in the U.S. in 2003.
Despite a physical similarity and a frequent confusion with their names, yams and sweet potatoes are not even distantly related. They are in two different botanical families. Yams are actually related to grasses and lilies.
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
- 1/2 cup milk
Shred the sweet potatoes, and place in a colander to drain for about 10 minutes. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, white sugar, brown sugar, curry powder and cumin. Make a well in the center, and pour in eggs and milk. Stir until all of the dry ingredients have been absorbed. Stir in sweet potatoes. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop the potato mixture by spoonfuls into the oil, and flatten with the back of the spoon. Fry until golden on both sides, flipping only once. If they are browning too fast, reduce the heat to medium. Remove from the oil, and keep warm while the other pancakes are frying. Makes approximately 15 pancakes.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Sweet PotatoesPopular in the American South, these yellow or orange tubers are elongated with ends that taper to a point and are of two dominant types. The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called "yam" in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture.
Sweet Potato and Yam Health InformationSweet potatoes are relatively low in calories and have no fat. They are rich in beta-carotene , having five times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A in one sweet potato, as well as loaded with potassium. These nutrients help to protect against heart attack and stroke. The potassium helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body cells, as well as normal heart function and blood pressure. Wild Mexican "yams" which are related to the sweet potato, seem to have anti-weight-gain, anti-cancer, and anti-aging properties, according to Dr. Earl Mindell. True yams do not contain as much Vitamin A and C as sweet potatoes
Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labels with the term ‘yam’ to be accompanied by the term ‘sweet potato.’ Unless you specifically search for yams, which are usually found in an international market, you are probably eating sweet potatoes!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
3 large sweet potatoes (or yams)
4 tablespoons pecans, toasted
1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
1 tablespoon brown sugar
freshly ground cinnamon, to taste
1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them in half. Place them in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pricked with a fork, about 30 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, toast the pecans in a nonstick skillet for 1-2 minutes or in a toaster oven and set aside.
3. Mash the potatoes, butter and brown sugar with a potato masher or fork, or use a food mill.
4. Adjust the cinnamon to taste.
5. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the toasted pecans.
Monday, November 5, 2007
- Easy festive touches like Mums in warm colors placed in pots by the front door, make a nice warm entrance for your guests. Around the table use real pumpkins, gourds, and bittersweet to add some fall appeal. There are even artificial fall leaves you can place around the table. And if you want to add a little extra touch, you can buy real miniature pumpkins and use them as place cards. Simply make a small slit in the top of the pumpkin, slip in the place card with your guest's name on it and put at each placesetting. Easy, but impressive! Don't forget to decorate the food too!Don't forget to add little garnishes to the dishes when needed. For example if you like to bring the whole turkey out on a platter to slice at the table. Add grapes, walnuts, orange slices, etc. to dress up the turkey on the platter. And sprinkle fresh herbs to your mashed potatoes in the serving bowl. Put a little orange curl to jazz up your cranberries. And don't forget before you bring out that pumpkin pie put a nice dollop of whip cream in the center to finish it off.
A few tips in preparation of the big day:
Gather your decorations and begin placing them around the room to get a feel for thelook you are trying to create.
Check to make sure you have serving pieces to accommodate all your planned dishes. If you don't have enough, you can always borrow from a friend, mom, or neighbor.
Iron your tablecloth and napkins.
Polish your flatware.
Double-check your food-shopping list
A few helpful tips for setting the table:
Keep in mind when setting your table don't put too many décor items in the center, leave plenty of room for the stars of the show….your food.
Stay away from tall candles and flower arrangements that may block the view of your guests and make it difficult to hold a conversation across the table.
Don't use scented candles near the table, it can compete with tastebuds and your guests appetites. About the Turkey???
How do I know what size turkey to buy?
- Figure ¾ to one pound of whole turkey per person. This will give you plenty of leftovers.
How long does it take to thaw the turkey?
- It takes about 2-3 days to thaw a 12-lb bird in the refrigerator, a 20 lb turkey will take about 4 days. A turkey can be thawed, still wrapped, in a tub of cold water, also. Keep changing the water to keep it cold, a 12-lb bird can be thawed in about 12 hours using this method. Turkeys can also be thawed in the microwave, follow manufacturers’ directions, and cook the turkey immediately afterwards.
- Foods should be put away within two hours of sitting out. The best way to store a turkey is to strip the meat from the bones, put it in plastic storage bags, and refrigerate or freeze. The bones can be used for stock or soup.