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Meanwhile, it's too late for Canadian Thanksgiving and too early for American, but I'm feeling thankful today. Here is a photo of one of the rivers that flow down from the mountains north of Vancouver, B.C. We took so many pics I don't remember which canyon is which, but they're all awesome in a very literal sense. I'm always in awe and thankful as all get out whenever I get to visit there.

This recipe is good for anytime in between the Thanksgivings or anytime at all. It even works as a main dish, if you use enough sausage. Makes great leftovers, too! Warning: all quantities are approximate, so adjust them according to taste.

3 good-sized sweet potatoes

Pork or turkey sausage, anything from a half pound to a pound. I usually use breakfast sausage, but I've heard Italian sausage works well. If I can't find the sausage meat in bulk, I squeeze it out of the casings.

Butter or oil

1 onion,  3 or 4 celery stalks, 1 green and 1 red bell pepper, all diced

Parsley, chopped.

Bread crumbs, the coarse kind used for stuffings and dressings, or you can make your own with fresh or stale bread and add salt, pepper, sage and other herbs to taste.

Bake the sweet potatoes until soft, then peel and mash them. Saute the onions and sausage meat in oil as needed; then add and saute the celery and peppers. Add the parsley just before the other veggies are done. Take off the stove and stir in the mashed sweet potatoes. Add bread crumbs to taste (the more bread crumbs, the drier the dressing). Season to taste. Add a little water if needed, or cover with foil. Bake in a 9x13 pan (or whatever size seems right) at 350 degrees (medium oven) for about half an hour.


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  1. Hildie McQueen // October 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

    I'm going to have to share that recipe with my hubby, our cook! What a beautiful picture.

  2. Pamela Varnado // October 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM  

    Hey Barbara, I loved your pic of the canyon. I find communing with nature relaxing and just returned from a weekend of wilderness camping with my grandson's boy scout troop. Had an awesome time hiking up and down Rainey Mountain.

    I'll have to try out your sweet potato dressing recipe. Sounds yummy.

  3. Beth Trissel // October 24, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

    Wow, what a gorgeous picture. And wonderful sounding dish.

  4. Mary Marvella // October 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

    Cool recipe! It sounds delicious. The photo makes me want to go there. I have always liked waterfalls.

  5. Mary Marvella // October 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

    OOPS. I must be blind! The river looks like a perfect place to spend a day.

  6. Barbara Monajem // October 24, 2011 at 6:43 PM  

    Actually, there were waterfalls, too, Mary. I'll see if I have a pic of one to post.

    Hildie, I hope your hubby likes making it. It's easy and delicious.

    Pam -- Wilderness camping, wow!

    Beth -- Thanks. It's one of my favorite ways to cook sweet potatoes, because I don't like them too sweet, as in a lot of recipes.

  7. Scarlet Pumpernickel // October 24, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

    Such a beautiful river canyon, makes me want to visit Canada. The blog give away sounds like a fun time. Thanks for holding it on the fuzzies.

  8. Mona Risk // October 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

    Pretty picture. Thanks for the recipe. It'll be great for Thanksgiving dinner.

  9. Patrice // October 25, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

    I come from Vancouver, Canada, and know that place in North Vancouver well! It's such a beautiful city, and I still have friends and my sister there.

  10. Mary Ricksen // October 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

    This recipe sounds amazing Barbara! Great pics!!

  11. Josie // October 28, 2011 at 1:01 PM  

    I have wanted to visit Stone Mountain in Georgia more times. Thanks for sharing the blog. Wonderful pics!