Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren



November 2009



Getting ready for Thanksgiving

Written by , Posted in caramelized onions, marie nygren, Recipe Articles, sweet potatoes, thanksgiving

The holiday season is upon us and everyone this week is busy cooking, shopping, preparing for a special Thanksgiving day. The holidays remind me of the significance of sharing not only with your family but the community around you and how food is often the core of that sharing.

Food has always played a significant role in our household but we have also seen the subtle circle of energy it creates, the foundation it gives for enriching and nourishing a community on more than one level.

“And when I sit here and think about food, I think about how many people use it to bring people together. 

What is the subtle message with food?”

Perhaps because food is a common element for everyone. In community, food becomes another shared experience. The table also has a subtle energy; it become a container, a common space to discuss and share with others. Meals create a base for discussion and food is that common binding element.

A wonderful meal always gives people a reason to gather. Whether or not it is just for a few minutes, or an elaborate state dinner, food is the one element that continues to bring people together.

As you are gathering your recipes for your Thanksgiving meal, I thought I would share one of mine that is not only simple but also delicious.

Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • 1/2- 1 cup caramelized onions (click link to see how how to cook the onions)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
Bring the potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to cover to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes with the butter and cream until smooth. Add 1/2- 1 cup of caramelized onions to taste. Season with salt and pepper.

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