If you use Vegetable stock this is a great and tasty Vegan / Vegetarian soup. Or you could use chicken stock… This recipe makes 8 servings Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes, (about ¾ lb / 450g each) 2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp (2 mL) salt 1 small onion, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh rosemary ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper 4 cups (1 L) vegetable stock (or chicken stock) 2 cups (500 mL) water Method: Pre-heat oven to 450°F (230°C) Peel and roughly chop sweet potatoes; toss with half of the salt and oil. Roast on baking sheet stirring occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat Dutch oven with remaining oil over medium-high heat; sauté onion, celery, carrot, garlic, rosemary, pepper and remaining salt until softened. Add roasted sweet potatoes, stock, and water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Purée until smooth.
I realize that this isn’t exactly a Christmas photo, but it does show the house and room I remember best when it comes to Christmas. Too bad no one thought to close the blinds so the flash didn’t look like the mother ship was landing in Grandma and Grandpa’s back yard!
That’s our son Greg sitting on his great grandpa Will Yates’ lap, with his cousin Eric Yates standing beside them. You will probably deduce correctly that two different people took the pictures. Dad took the one on the left, and Dave took the one on the right.
We were probably through with supper, and Grandma (with her apron still on) was finally sitting down to rest for a few minutes. My brother Dave and I were having pumpkin pie, and if you look closely in the picture to the right you will see me being rude silly. The pictures would look pretty American Gothic-ish if it wasn’t for me and the mouth wide open and full of whipped cream. 😀
I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame. Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?
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If you are going to be traveling through north-central Idaho anytime soon, make sure you visit one of the best new diners to hit the state. Located at 703 South Main, in Pierce, Idaho is and little gem named Wink and Smile Diner , owned and operated by Jim and Teresa Meads. This area of Idaho is a favorite with fishermen, hunters and those who just like the great outdoors. Setting out into the wilderness on an empty stomach isn’t a good idea for anybody, so thank goodness they can stop in this neat-as-a-pin establishment anytime between dawn and 7 PM. Map of Pierce, ID US
On the menu:
When I was there earlier this month, they had just been open two weeks and already the place was filled with happy patrons, including a local ladies monthly birthday celebration luncheon. There were sixteen ladies at this lunch, and they were the no-nonsense types, but it seemed that most of them enjoyed their orders, including the Beer Battered Pickles. (I tried one, it was delicious!).
If that sounds a bit exotic for your tastes, you will find the usual fare on the lunch menu such as hamburgers, freedom fries, hot dogs, sandwiches; for dinner you can choose from such favorites as steaks, chicken strips, chicken fried steak, all with choices of sides like salad, rolls, vegetables, and potato choices. I had to chuckle a bit about one of the menu choices. Remember, this is logging country, so they have named one of their hot dogs the “Log Jam”. It is a “beef frank stuffed with Swiss cheese, wrapped in bacon, then goes for a fryer dunk. Yummy!”.
Last, but not least, Wink and Smile Diner serves breakfast all day. They offer “The Blob Omelete” with 4 eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and 4 kinds of cheese. Also, for early morning chow hounds they have a breakfast egg special with hashbrowns, choice of toast, etc., as well as pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, corn bread and even a cup of chili.
This is a family restaurant, so leave your cussing at the door. They want everyone to feel welcome, and to leave full and happy. Ladies, the restroom is very tidy, and even has seat covers. Lastly, I had one of the best milkshakes when I was there. It was just like the “old timey” ones, thick and not too sweet. Yum!