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The Year of Sweet Potato? And What’s Ground Mace?

I’ve been really into Twitter lately and I’m afraid my blog is suffering — whatever baking news I spy more often than not gets slapped up on Twitter before I have time to flesh it out here.

But! I suppose real-life baking episodes will always have a home here. So…this is the perfect venue to say that I’m still planning to make sweet potato pie this week (even though I am also freelancing for FundFire and Ignites Europe and I am supposed to write some real estate press releases on top of my Martha gig…oy) in honor of both Obama and my friend Matt’s birthday. (He had *said* he wanted pumpkin…but I asked how he felt about sweet potato as I feel like I have to make one now that Obama is President-Elect and he said that would be fine. [By the by, I also still have a lot of damn apples.])

But…sweet potato pie is not something I grew up with…so I went to Epicurious and found this: Sweet Potato Pie. 4 forks! And 98% would make it again. So…sounds good. But…ground mace? I had never heard of that. Thankfully, McCormick has an encyclopedia on its Web site: Mace, Ground.

They’ve opened a lot of grocery stores in my neighborhood lately…so I hope I won’t have any trouble finding it. (But you know what I did have trouble finding in my neighborhood today? Carpeted cat toys. My poor cat is not dealing well with being by himself all day…so I figured it would be good to get him something he can climb on. But they’re so expensive! So…I may have to endure the humiliation of hauling one of those things home on the Subway from a big box store…)

So…I think Thursday will be a sweet potato kind of night as my work for Ignites Europe will be done by then. I will also be able to use those crust leaf cut-outs my mom bought me last year. I haven’t used those since *last* Thanksgiving…and seem to recall there was some sort of trick you had to do to make them look particularly leafy. Hmm…

Coincidentally…I am still not sure what’s on tap for *this* Thanksgiving…or what kind of pie I will make. Maybe this will be the year of sweet potato?

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