Coconut-Pecan Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

This time of year we eat a lot of sweet potatoes at our house. Since the weather turned and the leaves started falling, we’ve been enjoying Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos, Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili, and even a few Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes here and there.

We also normally include a Sweet Potato dish in our Thanksgiving meal line-up. We don’t, however, have a favorite family recipe that we rely on every year.

Thinking back on recent holidays, I’m noticing the tradition that is evolving is one that includes trying a new sweet potato recipe every year. Over the past few years we’ve tried everything from the classic casserole to sweet potato tamales.

coconut pecan sweet potatoes 2This year’s Thanksgiving menu is definitely going to include these Coconut-Pecan Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes. Not only are they delicious, they are also incredibly easy.

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Honey Pomegranate Glazed Brussels Sprouts

All of the Thanksgiving dinners we attend (three in total, the first happening back in October) are large, with the total mouths-to-feed count hovering around 25. As such, no one person is ever left with the sole responsibility of making a meal to feed the crowd. Instead, we communally share the job, signing up for dishes and drinks, each bringing the classics or surprising everyone with a bit of a twist and a deviation from the norm.

There will always be plenty of green bean casserole, and the hosting party provides a giant roast bird, possibly even a ham depending on the side of the family. Warmed bread is served slathered in soft butter, and a bright array of side salads and vegetables run down the center of the table. Potatoes are mashed and aunts and cousins argue over whether they should be laced with garlic or kept plain jane for their gravy river.

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A Thanksgiving Dessert Twist: Black-Bottom Maple Pumpkin Pie

Written by Shaina of Food for my Family.

Sheets covered the couches to protect them from the greasy little hands that would scoot away from the table and be wiping their hands on them faster than you could spread butter on your roll. The kitchen was always bustling, but it was full with only one body, that of my grandmother.

She would hurriedly but with great precision move pots and pans from stove top and oven to serving dishes, all lined up with serving utensils and ready to be whisked away as if by angels out to the dinner table.

Still, if you stood silently and perhaps offered to take a dish to the table for her, you could observe the magic from the corner of the room. If you happened to do so, you’d notice first that the encore to the meal was nowhere to be found.

A plate with carved turkey, homemade gravy in a decorative boat, the dressing in its bowl, a gelatin mold, cranberry sauce, vegetables and baskets upon baskets of rolls to be slathered in bright yellow butter, but the room was void of any sweet eats.
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An Unprocessed Dessert (Recipe: Maple Pecan Pie)

This post is going to be brief as I am literally heading out the door to catch a flight. I’m headed to my fourth and last blogging conference of the year – this time on home soil!

Blissdom Canada runs from October 13-15 in Toronto and I’m thrilled to be speaking (topic: Using Social Media for Social Good) at the conference, as well as partnering with Karen to be ‘Tribe Leaders’ for the food bloggers in attendance. The agenda looks amazing and I’m looking forward to getting to know more Canadian bloggers.

If you’re headed to Blissdom yourself, be sure to find me and introduce yourself. (PS. Look for girl with the baby bump. I’m officially halfway!)

Now, as you know, last weekend was Thanksgiving and we enjoyed a gloriously warm long weekend. We also enjoyed time with family and friends, a break from school and work for Danny and Noah, and plenty of pie.

I stuck to my Unprocessed plan for my contributions of pie to the family dinner, and, as I expected, no one noticed a difference. A massive apple pie disappeared with the help of its accompanying whipped cream, and every crumb of my maple pecan pie was devoured. Hit the jump for the recipe…

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