Friday, September 16, 2011

one potato, two potato...

Recently, a friend of ours just had their first baby. Listening to stories of exhaustion, bewilderment, and their mixed feelings of love and fear while venturing into unchartered waters. Feeling totally overwhelmed but also enamored with their new bundle of joy.

Questions like how to get back their sleep.  Or how to make dinner once, that both satisfy the adults and the kid that has no teeth?
It’s amazing that while listening to this, nodding in agreement, how I remembered our own mountain of questions, and realizing that it was just the beginning of such a joyous (albeit exhausting) journey of answers.  Learning to see the forest for the trees.
What I also learned is that there really are no “right” answers.  That the answers are really about how you commit to the path.  Finding ways to adjust the plans, so everyone can move forward.

Sweet Potato Mash and Oven Fries
(serves 3-4 people)

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp. Grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
  • Any variety of herbs (Italian seasoning works too), to taste.
  • Preheat the oven to 400degrees
Start with the mash...
  • Wrap one potato in tin foil.  Place in oven.  
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour.  Remove, and mash with a fork immediately.  
In the meantime...
  • Slice 2 of the large sweet potatoes lengthwise, creating "wedges" or "fries"
  • Toss the sweet potatoes with the oil, until evenly coated.
  • Add herbs add toss.
  • Lay out the potatoes on a baking sheet.
  • Place in the oven with the wrapped potato.  Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Serve.  
  • Note:  You can make a big batch of sweet potato mash to freeze and save for future use... once cooled, place in ice cube trays, cover with saran wrap, and freeze.

Enjoy and eat together, as a family.

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