Apparently one of my friends strongly frowns upon putting marshmallows on sweet-potato casserole. Actually, he was so irked that he said “mushrooms,” which led to some very strange looks and snarky comments about what kind of mushrooms.
Are candied yams sweet potatoes? If you are from parts of the US, especially the southern climes, you blink at the question and reply, “Of course they are” and present the interlocutor with the church-supper-sized can of Candied Yams.
Sweet potatoes are part of the yam family. But not all yams are sweet potatoes. And I suspect your Aunt Gertrude who is anticipating the sweet potato casserole with oranges and pecans is going to have a conniption fit if she sees a bright purple dish appear before her (Okinawan yam) or is presented with taro root.
The Red family does sweet potatoes with marshmallows [Sorry, Jim.] And pecans, and Mandarin oranges, and orange juice, and cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a wee bit of clove. I happen to love sweet potatoes in all forms, baked, as fries, as casseroles and soufflés, you name it.
So a very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, no matter what color your potatoes may be, or what toppings and spices you prefer. I’m thankful for food on the table, family around the table, friends who grouse about what goes into the stuff on the table, and for living in a place where I can give thanks without fear of persecution.
Please pass the dark meat.