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Sweet Potato Ice Cream

For Thanksgiving dessert, we always have the usual suspect pies–pecan, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato.  This year, I wanted something different, so I made ice cream.  I made a pumpkin pie ice cream following this Cuisinart pumpkin pie ice cream recipe.  In addition, I was going to make a sweet potato pie with my North Carolina sweet potatoes but opted to make sweet potato ice cream.  Now, this recipe made a more liquidy ice cream, so for the sweet potato ice cream, I put less whole milk.  Also, the sweet potato had a thicker consistency than the pumpkin puree, so it also helped to thicken the ice cream.  This ice cream has a starchy mouthfeel similar to taro ice cream, so if you like that, you will like this.  I did!


Sweet Potato Ice Cream

2 large sweet potatoes, mashed

1 cup whole milk

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

Wash and peel potatoes.  Prick potatoes with a fork and microwave for 20 minutes.  In the bowl of a mixer, mash potatoes.  Then add milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cream.  Mix well and add to ice cream freezer.  Follow ice cream freezer directions.  It took about 30 minutes of churning.


5 Fall Flavors in NYC

Every season in NYC is special, but the fall is a great time to be here.  Everyone comes back from summer vacation.  The lecture circuit heats up again (hey, I’m a nerd).  New restaurants open.  New students come from all over the world for a new New York adventure.  And new treats (and old) pop up with seasonal flavors like apple, pumpkin, maple, pear and sweet potato.  Enjoy one of these fall treats in NYC!

1.  Maple pecan pie macaroon from Danny Macaroons

photo used with permission of Danny Macaroons

photo used with permission of Danny Macaroons

2.  Pumpkin nuage from Lady M

3.  Caramel apple cupcake from Crumbs

4.  Sweet potato cake from Spot Dessert Bar

5.  Chocolate pear tart from Once Upon a Tart

photo used with permission of Once Upon a Tart

photo used with permission of Once Upon a Tart

Two for Tuesday: Seasonal Ingredients

If you read food blogs, you should know that pumpkin is the ingredient of the season.  But there are some other great fall/winter ingredients making a presence.  If you didn’t get to try Grom‘s chestnut flavor last year, you MUST try it this year.  But if you do, please leave some for me.

Grom’s chestnut

Also, the substitute for pumpkin, the sweet potato, is being used in some creative ways.  I had brunch at West End Grill in Hell’s Kitchen.  My eggs came with a side of sweet potato chipotle short rib hash.  Yes, you read that right.  Not normally a hash fan, I found this dish to be delish.

sweet potato chipotle short rib hash

Not a meat eater? No worries, try the potato carrot hash instead.

potato carrot hash

Two for Tuesday: Pancakes

This week’s Two for Tuesday showcases two types of pancakes from two cities I visited on a road trip.  Both pancakes use a seasonal fall ingredient:  apple and sweet potato.

The first is an apple pannekoeken from Pannekoeken in downtown Rochester, Minnesota.  A pannekoeken is a Dutch pancake.  And yes, this was as delicious as it looks.


The second are sweet potato pancakes from The Pancake Pantry in Nashville, Tennessee.  Luckily, we went at the right time to avoid the lines that lead to this pancake paradise.  The sweet potato pancakes are their signature, and they are worth the wait.

sweet potato pancakes