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Okinawan Sweet Potatoes

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Gracing the popular World’s Healthiest Foods list, sweet potatoes have reason to brag, if they were so inclined (and capable). They really are quite nutritious, and strut their stuff with so many varieties! Actually, I think they do that to confuse us. ;)

Just think of how often the word “yam” is used colloquially to reference sweet potatoes. They’re not the same thing. Not even the same family.

Wikipedia has some good pages on the distinction between Sweet Potatoes and Yams, but for a more humorous treatment, check out the Sweet Potato Awareness blog.

OK, here’s a little challenge for you. Regular or sweet potato? (And, no, it’s not a yam. Hehe.)

Well, it’s a sweet potato, but there’s a surprise inside:

And check out the marbling on this one!

These are the famed Okinawan sweet potatoes, aka imo, a major staple of that long-lived Japanese culture’s diet. Indeed, The Okinawa Program suggests, whereas tomatoes are the major contributor of lycopene in the American diet, it is the imo that provides it for the Okinawans.

I am so grateful to a Hawaiian friend for shipping me these organic beauties (and raw, organic macadamia nuts too)! Like most mainlanders, I had never tried them before. I can now check it off my “before I die” list.

What a treat. They were closer to regular than sweet potatoes in starchiness, but in sweetness they definitely lived up to the appellation—though in a somehow different way than the orange kind.

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NH Amateur 2007

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

This weekend saw the 32nd annual New Hampshire Amateur Chess Championship, held in Manchester, NH.

Unfortunately, since my back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004, I’ve been unable to repeat. It was another break-even tournament result for me, but I did manage one pretty game.

I’m White here and have just played Qg4, threatening mate on g7. My opponent failed to defend accurately with …g6, instead playing …Bf6?.

Can you spot the petite combination I used to make the win just a “matter of technique?”

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