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Old 03-26-2007, 03:52 PM   #11
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:25 PM   #12
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Could anyone give me some instructions on the simplest way to prepare yams? Peel and boil, would that be it? Is it the same with potatoes?
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:49 PM   #13
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I have never prepared a "true" yam. It is my understanding that you would cook/prepare it as you would a Sweet Potato...So any recipe for sweet potatoes should also apply to a yam.

Do you have a true yam or do you have a sweet potato?

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Old 03-30-2007, 07:18 PM   #14
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Growing up, the only sweet potatoes I ever tasted were the sweet, syrupy ones that my mom and grandma made for Thanksgiving, or the ones with marshmallows, like some of the church ladies made. I didn't care for them at all.
But when I married that Cajun, I found out about "Lousiana Yams". Those deep orange sweet potatoes tasted like no others I'd ever tasted. All I did was prepare them like a regular baked potato, and eat them with butter.

I realize now, that they are not true yams, but I can understand why the growers would want to differentiate them from other varieties. There's nothing like them! I loved them so much, that when I was expecting, I made myself sick by eating FOUR of them in one night, along with a couple of helpings of cooked cabbage. I won't do that again!
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:01 PM   #15
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I had no idea there was a difference, I am learning again...
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:50 PM   #16
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Here's what I like to do--I cut them up into steakfry-size pieces, and place them on a glass pie plate. I microwave them just for a few minutes, until they are a touch tender. I then spread them out on a panini grill, put some butter and brown sugar on them, and put the panini press down, grilling them for about 10 minutes or so on medium heat. They are very yummy this way! ...just an alternative to the traditional baked sweetpotato--which I also love.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:30 PM   #17
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Here's what I like to do--I cut them up into steakfry-size pieces, and place them on a glass pie plate. I microwave them just for a few minutes, until they are a touch tender. I then spread them out on a panini grill, put some butter and brown sugar on them, and put the panini press down, grilling them for about 10 minutes or so on medium heat. They are very yummy this way! ...just an alternative to the traditional baked sweetpotato--which I also love.
Ooh, thanks! I always bake ours, but you've given me something new to try. Those sound great!
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Old 03-31-2007, 04:47 AM   #18
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To make it more confusing, the sweet potato is really not a tater at all. The two are in different taxonomic 'families'.

But it looks like a tater, is cooked like a tater, and to me it is a tater.

Love the orange variety, but that is generally all we can find. The yellower version, I guess the more traditional sweet potato, I rarely see. And I kinda miss them.

I like those suckers.

Sigh.
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Old 03-31-2007, 04:30 PM   #19
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Love the orange variety, but that is generally all we can find. The yellower version, I guess the more traditional sweet potato, I rarely see. And I kinda miss them.

I like those suckers.

Sigh.
We get both here. In fact, we get the yellow ones (my favorite), medium orange ones where the outside is really quite similar to the yellow ones, and very dark orange ones where the exterior can be almost purple. Heck, I don't know - maybe the almost purple ones are a fourth variety, LOL. But to me there is nothing like a baked yellow sweet potato with a little butter and salt. Mmmmmm, good.
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Old 03-31-2007, 07:32 PM   #20
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I like the orange ones best. They are so sweet that all they need is butter.
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