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    A guide to thickeners: cornstarch, tapioca, arrowroot, potato starch and flour

    As Harold McGee explains in “On Food and Cooking,” starches are made of long chains of glucose sugar molecules that are linked to each other. Starches are useful in thickening because of the way they behave in the presence of hot water. He summarizes the process in “Keys to Good Cooking”: “When heated in a liquid, starch granules soak up water, swell, and release long, tangly starch molecules, all factors that cause the liquid to thicken.” McGee says that cooking for an extended period, bringing the mixture to a boil or vigorous stirring will eventually thin out the mixture, which  

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    This loaded baked potato soup recipe is finished with crispy bacon and melty cheese

    When the temperature dips and I cannot seem to warm my toes, the one thing that usually takes the chill off is a bowl of hot soup. If there is no gumbo tucked away in the freezer that I can thaw, I’m apt to slurp a bowl of wonton soup or a dig into some variation of chicken soup with rice or noodles. Or, if I’m making it myself on a weeknight, I’ll conjure potato soup, because it is so easy and luscious. A loaded baked potato soup is one of my favorites. This one-pot version, which I adapted from  

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    A beloved staple with a sweet twist: sweet potato fries | Food/Recipes

    Sweet potatoes are a beloved side dish come the holiday season, as they make for the perfect complement to turkey and roasts. Despite the popularity of sweet potatoes, some misconceptions about them have prevailed. The terms “sweet potato” and “yam” often are used interchangeably, but they actually are two different plants. Sweet potatoes, according to the cooking resource Epicurious, are in the morning glory family. Yams are related to palms and grasses. Yams are native to Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America. Sweet potatoes are grown primarily in the United States, although they were likely brought from Central  

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    How to Cook a Baked Potato | Food and Cooking

    Recipe of the Day: How to Cook a Baked Potato. Jacqui Wedewer/The Daily Meal Potatoes are always a crowd favorite. Whether they’re served as a holiday side dish or alongside a juicy steak, the popular starch is as timeless as it gets. But, when it comes to cooking potatoes, the No. 1 question prevails — what’s the best method? Sure, mashing them or putting them into a decadent casserole dish is fine and good, but if you want to keep it simple, a baked potato is a true classic. But, what’s the best way to bake a potato? Turns  

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    The Day – A sweet potato and mushroom quesadilla-pizza mash-up that’ll surprise you

    At first glance, you might not think that Jacques Pépin and Haile Thomas have all that much in common. He, of course, is one of the best-known chefs in the world, an 84-year-old Frenchman whose books (including classic encyclopedias of technique) and public TV series (including with Julia Child) have made him a true culinary icon. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Jamaican immigrants who this year wrote her first cookbook, “Living Lively,” focused on healthy, plant-based recipes. But take a closer look, and you see some similarities. Like Pépin, Thomas is truly a teacher at heart. At the tender  

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    5 global mashed potato dishes to star in 2020’s Thanksgiving meal

    In the era of COVID-19 nothing is normal, and that goes for Thanksgiving as well. With fewer of us gathering for safety, meals will be smaller, too. So why not skip the big bird and focus on what you love most about the meal, anyway: the comforting carbs that are mashed potatoes. This year, we’re going all-in on the spuds with five recipes for mashed potatoes that will provide a culinary tour of flavors from around the world. We’ll start right here at home with a unique approach to cooking mashed potatoes from celebrity chef Tyler Florence. Where most recipes  

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    The Vegan Sweet Potato Recipe This Nutritionist Loves

    A healthier swap to mashed sweet potatoes It’s that time of year to celebrate root vegetables, and sweet potatoes are the main attraction. There are several varieties of this tuber, but two of the most popular, especially for mashing, are garnet and jewel. For this recipe, I chose garnet due to its bright orange, rich flesh, and higher moisture content. Garnets also nicely retain their vibrant hue after baking. Traditional recipes for mashed sweet potatoes can be quite heavy, prepared with brown sugar, butter, and half-and-half. But many people are looking for healthy, plant-based ways to enjoy this fall favorite. 

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    The world’s greatest potato dishes | Gwinnett Daily Post Food and Recipes

    “I used to take potatoes for granted,” reads the first line of the book, “Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent.” Author John Reader corrects this mistake by delving into the potato’s rich history, one that dates back to the pre-Inca people of the Andes who first domesticated the potato around 8,000 years ago. Reader tracks the potato’s migration to Europe at the end of the 16th century, its rise as the prized crop of Ireland and its eventual spread around the globe in new and delicious forms. Despite attempts by anti-carb killjoys — demonizing the addictive appeal of a  

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    28 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes That Never Get Old

    Image credit: Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell Oh, sweet potatoes. We’ll never get tired of you. Not only are you loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins, you’re also undeniably delicious. And because they’re potatoes, aka the most versatile and beloved starch around, there are endless ways to enjoy these orange tubers from burgers to grilled cheese. Here, 28 healthy sweet potato recipes that are as wholesome as they are tasty. RELATED: The 23 Best Sweet Potato Recipes You Need in Your Life Image credit: Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell 1. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Blue Cheese Crema 

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