Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Style

April Rain Song 

by Langston Hughes 

Let the rain kiss you. 
Let the rain beat upon your head 
with silver liquid drops. 
Let the rain sing you a lullaby. 
The rain makes still pools 
on the sidewalk. 
The rain makes running pools 
in the gutter. 

The rain plays a little sleep-song 
on our roof at night. 
And I love the rain.

In Time of Silver Rain 
by Langston Hughes 

In time of silver rain 
The earth 
Puts forth new life again, 
Green grasses grow 
And flowers lift their heads, 
And all over the plain 
The wonder spreads 
Of life, 
Of life, 
Of life! 

In time of silver rain 
The butterflies 
Lift silken wings 
To catch a rainbow cry, 
And trees put forth 
New leaves to sing 
In joy beneath the sky 
As down the roadway 
Passing boys and girls 
Go singing, too, 
In time of silver rain 
When spring 
And Life 
Are new. 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Southwest Style
Cook's notes: There’s nothing like a little Southwestern twist to spice up roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes! These potatoes are lightly dusted with chile powder, paprika, cumin and a touch of red pepper flakes with cinnamon before heading into the oven where they bake up crispy with a deep rusty-golden color. It's a great side dish to serve with hamburgers, salmon or chicken.
Recipe adapted from and serves 2-3
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 
  • 1 cup combination mini red and yellow peppers, diced  
  • 1 cup sweet onions e.g. Vidalia, cut into 1-inch chunks or red onions
  • 2 TB. olive oil or Tuscan Herb Olive Oil 
  • 1/2 tsp. chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Saigon cinnamon
  • Coarse salt and fresh black pepper
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone pad. 
  • Toss sweet potatoes, peppers and onions with oil in large bowl. Spread evenly on baking sheet. 
  • Mix chile powder, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle over sweet potatoes or regular potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes or potatoes are tender and crispy, stirring halfway through cooking time.


  1. This sweet potato recipe is similar to one I make and love. The granddaughter (who eats few vegetables) loved the sweet potatoes.

  2. Roasted sweet potatoes are divine. I also love making a sweet potato and yam casserole. Warms you right up!


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