Thanksgiving with Added Sugar

IMG_1025  Walking into Whole Foods on the Bowery the other day it was hard not to notice how the store had been decked out for the holiday season.  Chestnuts, Cranberries, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes and Yams were on hand in abundance.  Immediately as you walked through the door on the left is the sweet potato/yam section and there in the midst of all these beautiful tubers are dozens of plastic boxes of marshmallows.  Just like the pilgrims used to eat….or was it the Indians that introduced the marshmallows to the pilgrims?  I always forget that part of the story.IMG_1024So then I turned the corner and saw the apple display, this time with containers of “house made” caramel sauce, because you know, apples aren’t really good just on their own.

I know people make something with yams and marshmallows at Thanksgiving so why not have them close to each other, it just bothers me because, well shouldn’t we be discouraging people from eating marshmallows and yams?  And apples and caramel…if they had fresh-baked apple pies with them I’d have no issue, caramel in this instance is like a dip and suggests to me that somehow apples could benefit from being dipped in sugar….am I being crazy?  Let me know in the comments.IMG_1026

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Thanksgiving with Added Sugar

  1. cbcreates says:

    Good points. The apple-caramel thing is odd, isn’t that a halloween thing? I have an aversion to the fetishization of desserts and sweets, and will roll my eyes in equal measure to any silly swooning at the mention of chocolate. Grown the F* up. Back to the display, I did ask one of our Thanksgiving guests if she’d make the candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows. She grew up in Alabama and took that as an honor. It’s what we had every Thanksgiving.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      We never had it and I always think of it as a Kraft Foods moment – not at all authentic or well, necessary but I am aware that lots of people do it – I think what bothered me was the suggestion that yams and sweet potatoes aren’t complete without marshmallows…

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