Down & Dirty

Down & Dirty: Sweet Potatoes and Yams

By • December 21, 2012 • 4 Comments



What's in a name? Well, for starters, sweet potatoes aren't really potatoes -- they're actually in the morning glory family. And yams are in a genus all their own, more closely related to lilies than spuds. The naming confusion can be traced to the American South in the 18th and 19th centuries, when African slaves encountered the sweet potato and naturally linked it in their minds with their native yam. But they're both delicious no matter they're called -- nomenclature aside, today we take a close look at sweet potatoes and yams.


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Behind the Scenes

Too Many Cooks: Holiday Traditions

By • December 21, 2012 • 0 Comments


You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

In a way, holidays are a little like fried eggs. Everybody does them differently -- they're personal, and that's the beauty of them. Whether it's nog on Christmas Eve or a special holiday breakfast, everyone has something they do every year. And so, today, we're answering the question: 

What's your favorite holiday food tradition? 



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