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An Ode to the Sweet Potato

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato

 
Ah, sweet potato. Dear, dear sweet potato. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love you in the morning, when I can start my day with you in my belly. You singlehandedly (singlespudly?) arm me with—wait for it—769% of my daily recommended value of vitamin A, which helps me see the corner of the bed more clearly and avoid stubbing my toe. I remember that one morning I rushed out forgetting to say hello to you, and I misread the train stop sign and wound up in Fiji. Never again, my love. Never again.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Breakfast)

Apple & Sweet Potato Cake with Poached Egg and Sweet Mustard Sauce by Mike (Verses from my Kitchen) Bacon, Kale, and Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos by Natalie Sweet Potato Walnut Waffles by livlife (Kim) Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Hash by mags7461

 
 
 
I love you when the evenings turn chilly, and all I want is a warm bowl of soup to comfort me. You’re packed with calcium, which helps me fold my legs in all kinds of positions so I can sit on the couch under the covers and balance my bowl on my knees while watching reruns of Three’s Company. And I love that you don’t tell anyone about it.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Soup)

Chipotle Sweet Potato Corn Chowder by Angela [YourEverydayMama] Corn and Potato Chowder with Tilapia by Jennifer @ Mother Thyme Sweet Potato Soup with Walnut Pesto by missamy Sweet Potato and Brown Butter Soup by Mike (Verses from my Kitchen) Coconut Curried Sweet Potato Soup by EatLiveRun

 
 
 
I love you on the days when I actually wear proper clothes—decent clothes fit for public consumption—because people (real people!) are coming over. You don’t demand to be the center of attention, and are equally happy playing a supporting role on the side, content with simply making me look good in front of my friends. (Do you have any single brothers? Just asking.)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Entrees and Sides)

Rosemary Shrimp & Sweet Potato Grits by Deanna Segrave-Daly Potato and Sweet Potato Gratin by spanishfoodie Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry by inquiringchef Chipotle-Spiced Sweet Potato Chili by In Good Taste Savory Sweet Potato Skins by HowSweetEats Sweet Potato Foil Packet Tacos by Natalie

 
 
 
I love you after dinner, when you pull out all the stops and amaze me with all the different ways you can entice me with your orange (or yellow) beauty. I marvel at how you can transform yourself from humble spud to decked out princess. Or prince. (How do I tell?)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Dessert)

Sugar Cookies with a Spiced Sweet Potato Filling by Alexandra Zeevy Barbecued Sweet Potato Pie by patiodaddio Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie by barefootbelle Sweet Potato Fudge by Lauren's Latest

 
 
 
As a baker who always works with her hands, I love you for all your antioxidants that help my body fight inflammation and arthritis. When I look at your gnarled and crooked face as you sit quietly in my vegetable bowl, I know your empathy toward my gnarled and crooked fingers is real. (High five.)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Bread)

Sweet Potato Banana Muffins or Loaves by Noshings Sweet Potato Scones by A Cozy Kitchen Sweet Potato Mini Loaves with Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter from Lauren's Latest Sweet Potato Rosemary Biscuits by twopeasandtheirpod Sweet Potato Cornbread by Laurie of Simply Scratch Zucchini Sweet Potato Muffins by someonewhobakes Maple Glazed Sweet Potato Bread by Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

 
 
 
And I know my friend Zee the pasta-fiend loves you too, especially when she gets to say “gnocchi” over and over again. (It is a strange-sounding word, I’ll admit.) You play nice with all the other pastas, happy to be stuffed inside, mixed in the dough, or chopped up in the sauce. Everybody loves a team player, and everyone knows there is no “I” in sweet potato.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Pasta)

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Pecans and Herb Brown Butter Sauce by A Cozy Kitchen Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Gouda Cheese Sauce by The Noshery Sweet Potato Ricotta Gnocchi by italianfoodforever Sweet Potato and Pepperoni Ragu over Orzo by Natalie

 
 
 
How much more can I say about you, oh sweet potato? I love you morning, afternoon, and night, when the snack monster attacks and will not be appeased until it gets something crunchy or sweet or salty or doughy. You make snacking fun and healthy, which is probably why George Washington wanted you with him in his Virginia farm. 

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ode to the Sweet Potato (Snacks)

Sweet Potato Garlic Knots by Neil and Jessica at Kohler Created Crunchy Sweet Potato Pie Fries by MonkeyDudesMom Rosemary Cayenne Sweet Potato Fries by bridget350 Sweet Potato and Parmesan Chips by whatsgabycooking

 
 
 
I can go on and on about the wonders of you, and if I called you a superfood, it would be true. But you would blush and start looking like a beet. So I won’t do that. Instead, I will end my ode by once more declaring my undying love for you—a love so great that I am willing to share you with everyone else.

The end.

 
 

Note: Click on any of the photos to be taken directly to its recipe page. This is not part of the ode. Over and out.

 
 

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Michelle @ Michelle's tiny kitchen on 11.5.2011

I love this post! What an adorable idea :)

JulieD on 11.4.2011

Oh my goodness…I can’t get over the sweet potato goodness!

Carol Ann on 11.4.2011

So many creative people! Thank you for the article. I wish I could post it on my FB page to share with my friends…

Kaylynn on 11.3.2011

Did you know Hoisin sauce is made from sweet potatoes?

Jeana Whisenhunt on 11.3.2011

These look great! Where can i find all these recipes!