Tasty Tuesday!

"I yam what I yam and tha's all what I yam."
-Popeye the Sailor

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well and having great week so far! Here in CNY the weather has been amazing - you could not ask for better! I have used the grill several times already, how exciting! Today I have another recipe for the grill to share, Enjoy!

I forgot to take pictures of my yams - so I do not have a photo of the finished product, sorry!

"I think, therefore I Yam."

Grilled Yams

Serves: 4


* 4 medium yams, scrubbed and patted dry
* 2 chile peppers
* 6 scallions
* 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
* 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
* Salt and pepper to taste


1.) Preheat grill on medium-high.
2.) Clean grill with wire brush.
3.) Using a soft cloth, coat grill grate lightly with vegetable oil.
4.) Wrap each yam in aluminum foil.
5.) Grill yams, covered until tender, turning occasionally (30-40 min).
6.) Grill peppers until blistered, about 10 min.
7.) Peel, seed and finely chop the peppers.
8.) Brush scallions with olive oil and grill about 8 min, until tender.
9.) Finely chop scallions.
10.) Combine scallions with peppers.
11.) Unwrap foil partially when yams are cooked.
12.) Slit yams and fluff with fork.
13.) Add 2 Tbsp monterey jack cheese and 1/4 of grilled chopped peppers and scallions to each yam.
14.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.
15.) Re wrap yams and grill another 5 minutes to melt cheese.
16.) Serve immediately.

Sweet Potato or Yam? The Confusion:

What’s in a name? When it comes to the yam, there is a bit of confusion. What is sold in the United States as “yams” are really a variety of sweet potato, grown in the south. A true yam is a starchy edible root, and is generally imported from the Caribbean. It is rough and scaly and very low in beta carotene.

“Yams,” as the industry and general public perceives them, are actually Sweet Potatoes. They have a vivid orange color, a soft, moist consistency when cooked, and tend to be sweeter. Some other varieties of sweet potatoes are lighter skinned and have a firmer, drier texture when cooked. Sweet Potatoes are smooth, and have skins that can vary in color, depending on the variety.

So, where did this confusion come from? Several decades ago when orange flesh sweet potatoes were introduced into the southern United States, producers and shippers wanted to differentiate them from the more traditional white flesh types. The African word "nyami" referring to a starchy, edible root, was adopted in its' English form, "yam".

Yams, in the United States are actually sweet potatoes with a moist texture and orange flesh. Although the names are used interchangeably, the US Department of Agriculture requires that the label "yam" always be accompanied by "sweet potato."

Nutritional Information:

1.) U.S. Council of Nutrition ranks the sweet potato as #1 for health and nutrition, ahead of broccoli, spinach and carrots.
2.) Sweet potatoes have very high levels of beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A, an anti-oxidant that may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
3.) Sweet potatoes have virtually no fat, cholesterol or sodium and are a good source of potassium that help prevent heart disease and stroke.
4.) Sweet potatoes are recommended for diabetics when white potato consumption is more restricted.
5.) Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin B6, calcium, iron and fiber.

Historical Facts about the Sweet Potato:

1.) Sweet potatoes were grown in Peru as early as 750 BC.
2.) Native Americans were growing sweet potatoes when Columbus arrived in 1492.
3.) George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
4.) During WWI, when the supply of wheat flour was short, the USDA utilized sweet potato flour to stretch wheat flour in all baked goods.

U.S. Sweet Potato Consumption:

• In 2007 per capita was 4.6 pounds.
• In 2004 per capita consumption was 4.2 pounds
• In 1943 per capita consumption was 21.7 pounds.

(Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission www.sweetpotato.org)

Joke(s) of the Day:

* How do you describe an angry potato?
Boiling Mad.
* Why didn't the mother potato want her daughter to marry the newscaster?
Because he was a commontater.
* Why wouldn't the reporter leave the mashed potatoes alone?
He desperately wanted a scoop.
* What do you say to an angry 300-pound baked potato?
Anything, just butter him up.
* What does a British potato say when it thinks something is wonderful?
It's mashing!

Have a great day and remember: Go Ahead & Indulge!

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