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Topper is all important for sweet potato casserole

Angelia Hensley, community contributor • Dec 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Some questions are easily answered without much thought, and they won’t lead to a full-on dispute. For example, if you ask someone, “Chocolate or vanilla?” you will receive a sensible answer. Occasionally, you will have someone throw you a curve ball and answer, “Strawberry,” but we will ignore those people for now.

Some questions are a little more involved, such as “Coke or Pepsi?” Again, you will receive a sensible answer of what has been that person’s drink of choice for years. No fuss. No arguments. No heated discussions.

Some questions that you ask may lead into deep, meaningful conversations. For example, if you ask someone if they prefer cold weather or hot, you will probably be met with discussions about the effects of the weather on joints and the need to move to Florida for a wee bit of time to avoid the snow-covered hills around here. 

The discussion will continue about outdoor activities enjoyed during the chosen season such as snow skiing or water skiing. There could be some negativity in the discussion, and sometimes you will be met with extreme hatred toward driving in snow during the winter and/or sweating in the garden during the summer. These conversations about weather will not be life-changing or life-threatening.

There are other “either-or” questions that can be asked such as:

Sweet pickles or dill?

Bottle or can?

Silver or gold?

Cake or pie?

Scrambled or fried?

Pancake or waffle?

Red or white?

“Star Wars” or “Star Trek”?

Bagel or muffin?

Hardwood or carpet?

Dog or cat?

James Bond or Jason Bourne?

Hot dog or sauceburger?

The answers to some of these can be life-changing. They can be life-threatening. These questions should be asked prior to deciding to date someone, move in with someone, or marry someone as the answers to some of these are crucial to life. They can be deal-breakers. They can be the source of arguments stronger than the legendary feud of the Hatfields and McCoys or that of Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds. 

None of the above “either-or” questions will ever be as crucial, as important, or as necessary for survival of the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts than the question about whether to top the sweet potato casserole with marshmallow or brown sugar with nuts. Read the following recipe to find the correct answer.

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups of boiled sweet potatoes, mashed

1 cup white sugar

½ stick butter

2 eggs

½ tsp. salt

½ cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla


1 cup brown sugar

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup flour

½ stick butter softened

Cream the sugar and half stick of butter. Add the eggs and beat well. Add salt, potatoes, milk and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour into a two-quart casserole dish. Blend the brown sugar, flour and butter in a small bowl. Add the chopped pecans and sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Now you know the answer. Go enjoy your sauceburger as you watch Jason Bourne with your dog napping on the hardwood at your feet.

Mount Carmel’s Angelia Hensley is a community contributor for the Kingsport Times-News.

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