PIE

IMG_4470Just a quick little post about this pie. THIS PIE! I decided to eschew tradition a little this year and make a sweet potato pie for our big family get-together – calm the lynch-mob, I made a pumpkin one for actual Thanksgiving – and it was delicious! Using an immersion blender made the filling incredibly silky and smooth and the spice mixture was subtle and enticing. I love the bright orange color too because sometimes pumpkin pies can get a little murky-brown and not so pretty. Kudos again to Joy the Baker for providing this great recipe and getting me to try something new. You can find it here on her blog and also in her cookbook.

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French Fridays with Dorie – Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes & Prunes

This is an interesting one guys. I really, really liked it but it was very different from anything I’ve made before. For one thing, I have never cooked with saffron before tonight. I had to send my friend to the spice store in Madison to get me both saffron & star anise because they aren’t available anywhere here in town. I’m really very excited to get my hands on some star anise since it has been called for in several recipes we’ve done and I’ve just skipped it. Watch, now we won’t need it for anything else!

I scooted home from work all quick-like and got the onions going in the pot:

Mandoline? Who needs a mandoline?? I liked that after you got everything together in the pot there really wasn’t much left to do. I took this break in our regularly scheduled programming to drink a vodka tonic and have a little pre-dinner snack.

God I love sweet potatoes. Tristan says he doesn’t like them but I kind of don’t believe him. In any case, it doesn’t stop me from making them. I really dug the prunes in this dish as well. I know they get a bad rap, but honestly they’re just dried plums and who doesn’t like plums? Well probably some people don’t, but who cares? I like them and I’m writing this so pfffffffffffft!

I had a 2nd little meatless helping just because I loved the flavor combo so much. And just so you don’t have to wonder, yes those are Pillsbury breadsticks. I love them and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I just realized that I forgot to add the little pinch of cayenne that would have given this dish yet another layer of flavor. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to make it again sometime! 🙂