Senator Russell’s Sweet Potatoes
This was my Mom’s favorite Thanksgiving dish for our annual feast. Years after we moved from Rochester, New York to the San Francisco Bay Area, I found a cookbook in a Reno hotel gift shop that came from the Rochester Junior League, called “Applehood and MotherPie.” I gave it to my Mom for her birthday and this recipe was one of many she claimed for her own from the start.
I knew I had really grown up in her eyes when she allowed me to prepare this at home and bring it to the meal, knowing full well that I cannot follow a recipe as is, if I think I can “improve on it” by putting my own spice twist on it. The addition of cinnamon and orange zest/juice was Mom’s idea, but the fresh ginger, rum and “pinches” are all mine! She was my greatest teacher for cooking and for life, who gave me the confidence to experiment in the kitchen and beyond…and lead me to my career as a winemaker where I use the sensory skills she cultivated every day of my life. I give thanks for my Mom this holiday—for whom/what are you grateful this season?
PS not sure who Senator Russell was, but he makes a yummy dish for our festivities. It pairs wonderfully with our Chardonnay or Viognier or Coquille Blanc. The dry Rosé is awesome with it, as are the Pinot Noir and the Wild Thing Zin!