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February 22nd is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day
you're looking for something to do today then why not add some
sweetness to your potatoes because it's National Cook a Sweet Potato
Day! Yams need love too! Let's get right into
National Cook a Sweet Potato Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Sweet potatoes get their own holiday because they're a
sweet alternative to regular potatoes. Yep, that's it... they're just
that good that people want to celebrate them! Now, in North America,
they are called yams from time to time but... they're actually not
yams. Yams are from places like Africa, Asia or Latin America
they might look similar but if you slice one open you'll see that
they're not. In fact, a true yam almost looks like a log in my opinion.
But hey, I still call sweet potatoes yams from time to time... no
biggie! Trust me, people will know what you're talking about if you
still call them yams.
Sweet potatoes are known by their soft,
orange insides that are a lot sweeter than a normal potato. They can
also get a lot longer than a potato and have pointed ends. But in
reality you can cook a sweet potato in every way that you cook a potato
if you like. And lucky for you, that's part of today's celebration!
It's not like you'd enjoy eating a raw sweet potato anyway.
potatoes, which are rich in vitamins, complex carbohydrates and fiber,
are most commonly made into candied yams around Thanksgiving or
Christmas. And yeah, that kind of cancels out a lot of the nutritional
value but hey... it's delicious! But when you go to cook your sweet
potatoes today, maybe you could try eating them in a way you never have
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you can simply go out
to eat and hope that they have something on their menu that includes
sweet potatoes. It's a pretty common addition to some dishes but not
every restaurant is going to serve them. Or you could go the
basic route, pick up a can of sweet potatoes and start simmering your
candied yams. And hey, I wouldn't blame you one bit if you chose this
option; I love candied yams! Or of course there is sweet potato pie.
why not get a little creative? Pick up some fresh sweet potatoes and
ponder for a moment as to how you can cook them. What potato dishes do
you love that might actually be good if you swapped in sweet potatoes?
Sweet potato fries? They're actually pretty good. Sweet
chips? They're pretty good too. Mashed sweet potatoes? Pretty dang
awesome! Sweet potatoes with a pot roast? Made that last night; yum!
Hmm but what about sweet potato hash browns... anyone? Or what about
sweet potato bread? Has anyone made either of these? Maybe even sweet
potatoes in some New England clam chowder? You're really not
limited at all on how you can celebrate today; make it a sweet one and
don't forget to cook them first!