Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap

White beans mashed with ripe avocado and blended with sharp Cheddar and onion makes an incredibly rich, flavorful filling for this wrap. The tangy, spicy slaw adds crunch. A pinch (or more) of ground chipotle pepper and an extra dash of cider vinegar can be used in place of the canned chipotles in adobo sauce. Serve with tortilla chips, salsa and Tecate beer. Continue reading

How To Harvest, Cure, And Store Your Sweet Potatoes

Be they baked, candied, or mashed, there’s nothing quite like the flavor of a good sweet potato. But you’ll need to do more than pluck your sweet potato out of the ground to get all of this deliciousness. Sweet potatoes have the best texture and sweetest flavor when they’re cured after harvest and then stored for at least six weeks. This combination of heat treatment and storage time activates a natural compound called “maltose sugar-creating enzyme” that converts starch into maltose, a sweet syrupy sugar (this conversion continues during cooking).While sweetness and texture varies from variety to variety, cooked sweets that have been cured and stored first will be sweeter than those cooked when freshly harvested. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your sweet potatoes reach peak tastiness:

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