The sun here in Boston is just starting to peek through again after many. Many. MANY days of rain. Which is definitely good, as I was beginning to get depressed by the dark and dreariness. My hairdresser is from Denver, Colorado, which just happens to be one of the healthiest and happiest cities to live in. We got to talking about weather during one of my appointments (I mean, really, what else are you going to talk about with someone who you only seen once every six months) and he claims that in Colorado, the sun shines all the time, even through rain and snow showers, and that it makes all the difference. Up here in the northeast that is obviously NOT the case, but think about how much nicer it would be if it were. I just hope that the weather holds up through tomorrow night since my roommate and I are scheduled to go to a Red Sox game. We bought the tickets off StubHub a while back since they are IMPOSSIBLE to get from the box office and really, it would be horrible to live four years in Boston without seeing a single game. I also hope it's warm enough for me to get a nice cold beer...I'm envisioning a cup full of Miller Lite in my near future.
I must give a HUGE thank you to Donna of My Tasty Treasures who is not only one of my FAVORITE bloggers out there, but who also happened to bestow on me the Passionate Blogger Award as well as the Queen of ALLLL Things Award (isn't she great).For each of these awards, I am supposed to write 7 things I am passionate about or awesome at, so here goes: running, music/playing the piano, sweet potatoes, my friends/family, passion (yes I think you can be passionate about passion), ice cream from J.P. Licks, the first sunny days of spring.
I am passing these on to Sophia of Burp and Slurp, Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, Deb of Kahakai Kitchen, Shannon of Tri2Cook, Reeni of Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice, Pam of Sidewalk Shoes, and Ashlee of A Year In The Kitchen.
Now for Tyler. He is a good man and I wouldn't change him for the world. But I did. Just a little. You see, he really likes regular old "white" potatoes. The number of recipes he has that include them are endless. Now, I can't argue with that - everyone likes a good potato recipe. But I like a good sweet potato recipe even more. So I took his recipe for crunchy roasted rosemary potatoes and I thought about it and I decided that rosemary and sweet potatoes go just as well together as rosemary and white potatoes. And so I switched them, and roasted up some asparagus as well. The roasting brought out the sweetness of both the rosemary and the sweet potatoes REALLY well, so I was incredibly pleased. They were even better cold the next day. I really like eating sweet potatoes cold. Is that weird?
Serves 2, adapted from Tyler Florence
1 lb sweet potato
1 bunch asparagus, ends removed
salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch rosemary
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Slice the sweet potato into coins and place on a roasting pan. Spray with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Roast for 30 minutes.
After the thirty minutes is up, add the asparagus. Roast for 10 minutes.
I am submitting this to Tyler Florence Fridays, an outlet for those of us who can't get enough of this great man.