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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes just in time for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you are still vacillating about your dinner menu for that day , let me take take the sweat out of the side options atleast with this blog post. Don't these baked hassleback sweet potatoes seal teh deal for you appetizer wise? They are healthy , take minimum fuss to prepare and have Thanksgiving written all over them. Need more pitching ? How about the extremely healthy dip/sauce that goes with it ?Give it a try and you are bound to get compliments galore !! Please feel free to leave a thank you note later :-)
Ingredients -
3 medium sweet potatoes
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 finely grated garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
For the sauce -
1/3 cup non fat yogurt
1 scallion finely chopped

Method -
Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking tray with aluminum foil.

Wash the sweet potatoes and now make 1/8 th inch cuts 2/3 rd of the way through.
Take a small bowl and stir in it butter , olive oil ,…

Chocolate ladoos serve as Diwali mithai !

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For us desi folks, festive season  means mithai and loads of it . We like it in such copious amounts and varying flavors and we are not ashamed to admit it . Not only do we like sampling it ourselves but also exchanging it with friends and relatives making the festive season even more sweeter. Our charitable side urges us to share the  mithai  with those unfortunate than us in keeping with the true meaning of the festive season . In short , it is the mithai which is the focal point of any south Asian festivity and especially so for Diwali . For it is then that it's sales go sky rocketing with the halwai wallas blocking the streets with their display of colorful mithai to which we humble folks unable to resist are simply drawn like bees are to the nectar of the flowers.
Alas, here in the US we do not have so many halwai walla's in our vicinity and as such  copious and multitude are not the words which we use to describe our festive mithai situation. But since our mithai craving…