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sweet potatoes and yams *are not the same things*

Published December 15, 2013 by lisaolisa

Candied yams are part of a Southern school lunch of questionable nutritional value.

THIS is why intellectually lazy Americans think yams are sweet potatoes, grocery staff can’t point out which is which, and stores either label them as both or not at all. Thank you, Ag Department!

At least the government library knows the difference.

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?


rhubarb crisp

Published July 2, 2013 by lisaolisa

rhubarb crisp

Time: About 1 hour, largely unattended

6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for greasing pan

2 1/2 to 3 pounds rhubarb, trimmed, tough strings removed, and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 5 to 6 cups)

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon orange or lemon juice

1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste

Pinch salt

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup pecans

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8- or 9-inch square baking or gratin dish with a little butter. Toss rhubarb with white sugar, orange or lemon juice and zest, and spread in baking dish.
  2. Put the 6 tablespoons butter in a food processor along with brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt, and pulse for about 20 or 30 seconds, until it looks like small peas and just begins to clump together. Add oats and pecans and pulse just a few times to combine.
  3. Crumble the topping over rhubarb and bake until golden and beginning to brown, 45 to 50 minutes.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/dining/19minirex.html