The morning after my mother died a few months ago, my family and I were sitting around the table drinking coffee, still stunned, looking at our iPads and laptops, when one of my brothers said, “At least now Mom can go to Steve Jobs with all of her iPad questions.” We all burst out laughing. I still smile just thinking about it. We had a close relationship with our mother and embedded in that relationship was the job of answering her computer questions. Well, every year, a few days before Thanksgiving, I could expect an email from my mother that went like this, “Judy, could you send me the recipes?” I knew which ones they were: Mom’s Pumpkin Pie, Micky Kohn’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie, Grandma’s Cranberry Chutney and this one, Melissa’s Sweet Potato Casserole. Mom did not have a clue how to search her computer for them. In honor of Mom and to help my family get through the holidays, I plan to post the rest of Mom’s Thanksgiving recipes over the next few days. If there is a kitchen in heaven, she and Steve are by now best buds, and he’ll be stopping by her table that will be full of the family and friends who have gone before us. My brothers and I will be thankful we have her recipes and that we had the privilege of calling her Mom.
I’ve been making this sweet potato casserole every Thanksgiving since 1994 when my children’s fabulous babysitter, Melissa, first gave it to me. Little did I know I would be making it every Thanksgiving for the rest of my life.
Yield: serves 12 as a main side dish or 20 as one of many side dishes
Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Cranberries
Amazingly Delicious Sautéed Carrots
Auntie Martha’s Spicy Spinach (aka Spinach Madeleine)
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