Kwanzaa is the African-American celebration of culture which runs from December 26 to New Year's Day. Each day families light a candle and discuss one of seven principles of living: unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. At the end of the week there is a festive party with dancing, music, cultural readings, and, many delicious heritage foods--like this classic sweet potato pie.
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine mashed sweet potatoes, butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in half-and-half or soy milk, butter, vanilla, and seasonings. Pour into pie shell. Bake until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, 45-55 minutes. Cool before serving.
Copyright by Terese Allen for Organic Valley Family of Farms