Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fried Candied Sweet Potatoes With Caramelized Brown Sugar and Butter



My mother has been making fried candied sweet potatoes every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for as long as I can remember. They have always been one of my very favorite parts of our holiday celebrations and now when we get together I've taken on the tradition of preparing them for our family. I have got to say, that I think that I have perfected my technique! 

These always get rave reviews. They are rich and buttery and sweet, fried hot with a light crust of caramelized brown sugar - so they are a true indulgence and not for the faint of heart! Here is my recipe. This is for 3-5 people. Increase ingredients or double as needed to feed a larger crowd.

You will need:

  • 4  medium to large sweet potatoes (when buying these, I make sure that I get ones that will all fit nicely in my pot, and none that are too huge or they will take too long to cook) 

  • Light brown sugar - about 1/2 cup 

  • 1 stick of butter

  • Cinnamon (optional)

  • Large pot for boiling potatoes, large frypan for frying, ungreased casserole dish for serving


Put sweet potatoes in a large pot (such as a soup pot), cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil potatoes on medium high heat for 15 to 20 minutes until tender in the center when pierced with a knife. Be careful not to overcook them, but make sure that a knife very easily slides into the center when tested. 

Once cooked, carefully remove potatoes from pot and place on a cutting board or large plate to peel. You must peel them while they are hot or at least warm. The colder they get, the more difficult they become to peel. Here are my directions for peeling them perfectly. 


Be careful, they are hot!


Once peeled, slice into 1/2" to 1" slices as shown below...



Melt about 1/2 sick of butter in a large fry pan over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted and just starts to bubble, add the slices of sweet potato and turn down the heat to medium. Watch carefully that they do not burn. Cook on one side for just a few minutes until the bottoms begin to slightly brown, then flip them over to slightly brown the other side.




Once you have fried both sides, sprinkle the tops of the potato slices with the brown sugar and then flip the slices over once again, so that the sugared side is on the bottom next to the frypan. 






Add a little more butter to the pan if needed. The potatoes tend to soak up the butter, and you need the moisture from the butter in the pan to blend with the sugar to create the caramelization. 

Watch them carefully as they fry because sugar burns easily! Watch as the brown sugar dissolves in the pan, mixes with the butter and beings to bubble and caramelize. 




Once again sprinkle brown sugar on the tops of the slices, and also sprinkle with a little bit of Cinnamon (optional) and then flip the newly-sugared sides over so that the sugar cooks against the pan. 




Once the sugar is completely dissolved, cooked down and caramelized, your sweet potatoes should look the the photos above and below. 



Once nicely browned and finished, transfer the slices into a casserole dish and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve. Enjoy! 




Love sweet potatoes? 
You might also like this recipe:


 Savory Autumn Dish Recipe



What's your favorite sweet potato dish?

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


article and images © Laura Beth Love


How To Easily Peel Boiled Sweet Potatoes



My family loves sweet potatoes and yams, so I cook them all the time for different recipes (especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas), but without the proper know-how, peeling boiled cooked yams or sweet potatoes can be a disaster! 

Below I've shared my fast and simple way to peel them, but before we begin, the most important thing to know is that you must peel them while they are hot! If you cook them and then put them in the fridge or wait until they are cold to peel them, they can be extremely difficult to peel. I boil mine until they are no longer firm in the center when tested with a knife, remove them from the boiling water, rest them just for a minute or two, and then peel. Here's how I do it.


1. Slice off both ends with knife.


2. Use a sharp knife to make one long shallow cut down the potato from end to end. Only slice through the skin and avoid slicing deep down into the potato. 


3. This is how it should look.


4. Use your hands to carefully peel away one side of the skin next to where you sliced. Be careful, its hot! The skin should fall very easily away from the potato.


5. Then do the same thing on the other side, peeling the shell away, working around the potato until the entire skin is removed. That's it! 


Love yams and sweet potatoes? You might like this recipe:


 Savory Autumn Dish Recipe




What's your favorite yam or sweet potato dish?

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


article and images © Laura Beth Love

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Broken China Jewelry In My Shop For Black Friday!

I have lots of new broken china jewelry in my Etsy shop. Here are a few of the pieces that I listed over the past week or two...check them out!



























All pieces pictured are available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.


Much love until next time!
xo Laura



My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2016 all rights reserved. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Design Listed on Society6 - Blue Space Feather

Hi friends! Tonight I listed a brand new design on Society6, so be sure to check it out here! I really love the way this piece turned out!





It started as an ink drawing...


Working on the design



I've been drawn to sketching feathers lately, and laughed when I realized how much you could see my jewelry designer influence in my finished designs. But I like them. I think they're really unique. Anyway, once I had it all drawn out, I added some color with watercolors, and then photographed my artwork and added it to my Society6 collection. Here are a few of the pieces in this collection... 











This design is available in many more items; iphone cases and skins, laptop sleeves, travel mugs and even bedding. There are so many great gift ideas at Society6, and they run great promos too. I think today they have free shipping and 20 percent off of many of their categories. 





If you haven't visited Society6 yet, you really need to check it out! There is so much amazing artwork from talented artists from all over the world.  

Shop this collection at Society6


What do you think?

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura



article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2016 all rights reserved




Monday, November 14, 2016

The Evolution Of A Design From Drawing To Finished Product

This summer I worked on some illustrations and was really pleased with my finished designs...


I drew some mandalas, artistic feathers, and some other various designs...and I blogged about them just a little bit over the summer, and shared a couple very short videos on my YouTube channel as I was drawing them.







I decided to transform my designs into textiles and a few different products, and turn them into a collection available in a few different color schemes, and here are a few samples...I think the pillow below is especially beautiful!

Bloom Mandala in Ocean Throw Pillow


My original drawing, which is a freehand drawn mandala sketched in ink.


I always wanted to design home decor and fashion, so I am excited to get started and test the waters with designing some test products of my own. 

Bloom Mandala in Plum Comforters

It's really amazing to see the transformation of something that was once just and idea in my head, and then a drawing, turn into a beautiful product that people can wear or use in their homes and everyday lives. 



Bloom Mandala in Turquoise Carry-All Pouch



All products pictured in this collection (plus more not shown here) are available for purchase at Society6. I'm working on a brand new collection and hope to have it up soon after the holidays. I hope you like them!


Bloom Mandala in Ocean Tote Bag
Bloom Mandala in Ocean tote


Shop this collection at Society6
What do you think?


Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura



article and images ©Laura Beth Love 2016 all rights reserved