Early American Thanksgiving Recipe: Sweet Potatoes and Apples

While sweet potatoes are often attributed to Southern dishes in America (the cultivation of the plant goes back to the early 1700s), it originated in the tropical New World and got to England by mid 1500s. So, colonial Americans would have been aware of the sweet potato just as they would have been with apples, thus making these two harvest season plants perfect side dishes to any early-American Thanksgiving.


  • Six med. Sweet potatoes (or about three lbs)
  • Four med Granny Smith variety apples (peel, core, slice)
  • One cup packed light brown sugar
  • Four tablespoons unsalted butter
  • One teaspoon ground mace
  • One cup dark rum
  • Salt and pepper

Prepare the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring a Dutch oven filled with salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the sweet potatoes for 15-20 min, until tender to the fork. Avoid over cooking. Drain and let cool.

Peel and cut the potatoes into quarter inch slices.

Fill a buttered baking dish with half of the potato slices. Use half the apple slices to top. Cover with half the light brown sugar, mace and butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Repeat alternate layers. Pour the rum overtop.

Baking time is about one hour or until browned at the top and liquid has evaporated.

Fun fact: the sweet potato is actually a root veggie in the family of the morning glory.


Cleveland Museum of Art Presents: Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944) is a first-generation American Conceptual artist. His work runs the gamut from painting and photography, prints, installations and sculptures. He was born in Cleveland and graduated from the now California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in 1967.

He is most well-known for his installations titled Al’s Cafe (1969), Al’s Grand Hotel (1971) and The Novel that Writes Itself (1978)

The Cleveland Museum of Art is proud to present Ruppersberg’s homage to the town of his birth. The series features illuminated photographs taken from an unusual vantage point, from the point of view of billboards across Cleveland. These billboards do no commercial work any longer, but rather offer the audience a very different perspective on the city. That being, what the billboard sees from above. The structures holding up the billboards in real life are featured through the backdrop behind the photos of each of the installations.

Van Wert Apple Festival

It’s all about and everything apples—that and fun, shopping, entertainment and food at the 32nd Van Wert Apple Festival. The festival will be held on the 19th and 20th of October this year.

The festival provides lots of family-friendly activities as well as entertainment both Friday and Saturday. Additionally, there are apple exhibits, a craft show with 85 plus vendors from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, children’s games and more. As far as food is concerned, you better be prepared to eat something apple. Hot or cold, sweet or savory there will be apple dishes galore.

The 5K run begins at 8:30am on Saturday. The kid’s Saturday mile run starts at 10am.
Bring the family out and enjoy some old-fashioned autumn fun.

47th Algonquin Mill Fall Festival

The 47th Algonquin Mill Fall Festival is enacted on a historically accurate stage that includes a working steam flour and sawmill, antique print shop, one-room school house and log homes. The festival also includes an antique power show, antique cars, tractors and an NYC railroad station.

There is an old timey Country Store as well as spinning and weaving demonstrations. Bring your appetites because there will be all kinds of home cooked meals and desserts to enjoy—all foods are prepared by local non-profits including the Carroll County Historical society who runs the grounds and festival.

The Historical Society was founded 20 August 1963 for the purpose of preserving McCook House, a memorial owned by the Ohio Historical Society.

The Mill was acquired by the Carroll County Historical Society in 1969. Volunteers restored the Mill. The restored mill prepares stone ground flours and corn meal on a weekly basis for public purchase. The festival was started in 1971 and has become a widely attended 3-day event.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Venture back in to time to this 30-acre, re-made sixteenth Century English town and appreciate more than 400 years of fun in a solitary day! The celebration offers something for everybody highlighting about 100 shows day by day, more than 150 novel expressions and artworks shops, generous food and drink, recreations of aptitude and human-fueled rides to please all ages.

More than 150 costumed characters welcome you to the town! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your most loved knight to triumph in the exciting Full-reinforced Tournament Joust. Inviting you to a happy day in the town are dueling swordsmen, raucous privateers, nobles, laborers, and brave performers.

The sprawling scene is spotted with many special shops in the Medieval Marketplace including world-class craftsmans. See showings of glassblowing, blacksmithing, calfskin tooling, boot making, flame making, and gems making, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

The air is loaded up with the fragrances and scents of the food of the Renaissance. Devour like Royalty on delicious, monster cooked turkey legs, new heated bread bowls flooding with soups and stews, angle ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent broiled fresh corn, Bourbon chicken, and a wide assortment of fine beers and wines. There’s something for everybody’s taste buds!

Guests of any age will be entertained by the diversions of ability and human-fueled rides. Attempt your hand at bows and arrows and check whether you’re a cutting edge Robin Hood, or climb the manor tower and save the exquisite maiden in trouble.

Open throughout October