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First domesticated in Central America over 5,000 years ago, the sweet potato has a long and varied history. Sweet potatoes were introduced in China in the 16th century and quickly spread throughout Asia. Because of its hardiness, adaptability and overall versatility, the sweet potato has become a stable food in many parts of the world. Sweet potatoes (not to be confused with yams that originated in Africa and are starchier than their sweet potato cousins) are related to the morning …
Do you have family members who hate fish? Tilapia may be one fish you can introduce at suppertime without triggering a food fight. Mild tasting (or as my husband would say, “It doesn’t have a fishy taste”) and adaptable to almost any style of preparation, tilapia is one of the most commonly consumed fish in the United States, due to its great taste and low price. Indeed, Americans consumed 475 million pounds of the fish last year.
When I hear financial pundits counsel unemployed people over 50 to start a business if they can’t find a job, I think of the last time I tried to go entrepreneurial. This was not an experience for the faint of heart. The idea sounded good at the time. I was in my early 30s and the magazine I’d been editing had just folded. The last thing I wanted to do was sign up for another intense 9-to-5 job. So when …