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Old 11-22-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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If your farm land was limited, and you had to grow food that you could get the most of, you planted sweet potatoes, not pumpkins. It's a southern thing. White potatoes don't keep well in the heat and sweet potatoes do. Therefore, they were planted more.

We love sweet potatoes baked, but I usually just buy the canned on (NOT the candied yams) add a little butter.

Too many cooks put too much sugar in the pie. It needs very little.
I haven't eaten many pumpkin pies, I don't like the texture or the flavor.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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That is the same reciepe you use for a sweet potato pie. The only difference is that receipe uses eggs.
It makes it more firm.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:42 PM
 
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Gee this thread as given me some thought I didn't share when it first started but seem draw to now.

Growing up in midwest rural Indiana my grandmas and mother made all kinds of pies; including pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, bean and oatmeal along with the usual fruit pies. I didn't realize they were taking me on regional and cultural trips without leaving our house! Who would have thunk it this country girl that has never lived in an inner city, stepped foot in a black Islamic store, bred, born and raised in the north could be so lucky! I just thought it was because they were frugal cooks and used whatever was in season and on hand to feed a growing famiily. BTW we have pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan at all family holiday dinners.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Bean and oatmeal pies? The inner city and black Islamic stores? What in blazes did I miss? LOL

I've never had a bean pie. Didn't realize that it was a cowboy, black Islamic, Chinese thing.

To stay on topic, pumpkin. That's what I grew up with. I could never get enough. My mother and grandmother didn't much care for pumpkin pie. They would reluctantly make one or maybe two a year.

I've had sweet potato pie a couple of times I liked it well enough, but wasn't crazy about it. I do like sweet potatoes.


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Gee this thread as given me some thought I didn't share when it first started but seem draw to now.

Growing up in midwest rural Indiana my grandmas and mother made all kinds of pies; including pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, bean and oatmeal along with the usual fruit pies. I didn't realize they were taking me on regional and cultural trips without leaving our house! Who would have thunk it this country girl that has never lived in an inner city, stepped foot in a black Islamic store, bred, born and raised in the north could be so lucky! I just thought it was because they were frugal cooks and used whatever was in season and on hand to feed a growing famiily. BTW we have pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan at all family holiday dinners.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:53 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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I grew up in the south. My mom/grandmom didn't like pumpkin pie so we never had it at Thanksgiving. My dad's mom (who lived in the midwest) did, so we'd have it with them. I'm not that crazy about pumpkin pie, though I'll eat it if it's prepared for me.

Sweet potato pie, on the other hand, is something I discovered as a young adult when eating in a downtown soul food restaurant. I figured out the recipe myself, guessing that it had sweetened condensed milk and a dash of lemon zest and nutmeg, no cinnamon, clove, or allspice. I liked the clean sweetness of that restaurant's version.

So sweet potato pie is my thing, not my family's. At Thanksgiving nowadays, we eat sweet potato casserole with pecans and brown sugar on top. (my recipe too)
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