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?
Crunchy Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes (with Asparagus to boot!)
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.

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15 Responses to TFF With A Twist – Crunchy Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

  1. Debinhawaii says:

    These look amazing–I think you outdid Tyler using sweet potatoes.

    Congrats on the awards and thanks for passing them on to me in that list of great people. BTW: I do think that as the sweet potato queen, they should have been higher on your “passionate about list!” 😉

  2. I think the substitution is great!

    This is my first time at your blog, and congrats on your weight loss and maintenance. That’s amazing! I’m going to read more of your recipes now!

  3. Jeff says:

    Everything goes better with sweet potatoes and asparagus. Which right now happen to be two of my favorite things.

    I am going to have to give this a shot on the grill because it sounds awesome!

    Oh yeah in the Midwest if it is raining and sun is shining I have always been told that is never a good thing.

  4. That veggie combo just sounds heavenly right now! I need to get some sweet potatoes 🙂

  5. Reeni? says:

    I love cold sweet potato fries! I think you outdid Tyler, too. These look really good. Thanks for sharing those tidbits about yourself and passing it on to me!

  6. Natashya says:

    Yay for sweet potatoes! Looks great. Congratulations on your well-deserved awards and thank you so much for thinking of me!

  7. burpandslurp says:

    wow, thanks, Joanne for the award! I’ll be posting it on my next post!
    gosh, that sweet potatoes just calls out my name…I LOVE crunchy things, and rosemary is one of my fav herbs, so ooh lala! come to mama!

  8. Pam says:

    Thank you for the award!! Great idea to sub sweet potatoes. I much prefer them to regular potatoes.

  9. Congratulations on your awards!

  10. Donna-FFW says:

    You so deserve the awards Joanne.. I love your adaptaions to Tylers dish. It looks scrumptious!

  11. ttfn300 says:

    i eat sweet potatoes cold, too 🙂 this looks awesome!

    and thank you so much for the award!! i used to play the piano 😉

  12. Joanne says:

    Deb – I think Tyler needs to add more sweet potatoes into his repertoire. As for sweet potatoes on my passionate list, just think how much I LOVE running and my friends/family if they came before sweet potatoes. Although I do think it was the kind of thing were I couldn’t exactly rank them, I don’t like to play favorites.

    jenn – Thanks so much for stopping by! I will have to check out your blog as well, it seems really interesting. I like the slim shopping idea.

    Jeff – Let me know how they come out on the grill, soon I’ll be back in NY and will have access to a real one!

    Alisa – Sweet potatoes are one of the things I am always stocked up on. Thanks for the comment!

    Reeni – My pleasure, you are such a great blogger/friend! I wish I had some cold sweet potatoes right now…

    Natashya – Thank YOU for all of your great blog entries and sweet comments!

    burpandslurp – I think between my love for sweet potatoes and your love for pumpkin, we are keeping the orange veggie market in business!

    Pam – Me too! Not that I don’t like regular potatoes, but I love sweet things.

    The Food Hunter – Thanks!

    Donna – Thanks again, I can only hope to do the lovely and beautiful Tyler justice.

    ttfn – It seems its a pretty common thing (eating sweet potatoes cold). Yay for playing the piano, I wish I still did it as much a I used to.

  13. Kim says:

    Great idea to sub sweet potatoes for regular white potatoes! Looks great. It’s been raining for days down here in Kentucky too. I haven’t even really ventured outside in about a week. I’ll be happy to have some sunshine our way : )

  14. Jenny says:

    Yum, I love sweet potatoes too and that looks so colorful. Eating the rainbow.

  15. Joanne says:

    Kim – It has finally cleared up here in Boston. And let me tell you it is much appreciated. The sun just makes me feel so much better about life.

    Jenny – That reminds me of Skittles! And it’s true, eating the rainbow makes dinner a whole lot more aesthetically pleasing.

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