My Beloved Osito,
It’s week 13 and with this being the last game of the regular season, we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel of the 2016 NCAA Football season. The grand finale will be a match up against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, North Carolina. This is an intriguing game solely based on how last year’s game ended with the “miracle“. It was a crazy last second play that ended with some officiating controversy. The wildest thing about this game was not the play, but the backlash from the media after the game. Many across the country were calling for The U to forfeit the game or for the ACC to give the win to Duke. Anyone who has played sports or been around sports knows that you can’t focus on one play or call and ignore all the other calls throughout the game. The U isn’t the first team to win (or lose) on a controversial call, yet this is the first time I’ve seen the ‘mob’ calling for a team to void a win. It just feeds the narrative that the NCAA and the media is not very fond of The U, but I digress.
For the game meal, I explored a few options. The first was the “Devil” aspect of Duke’s mascot named after the French soldiers of WWI, “Les Diables Bleus”. This led me to explore devil’s food cake or maybe even loaded deviled eggs, but that didn’t intrigue me. I reverted back to the state vegetable of North Carolina, the good ole sweet potato. The game was right after Thanksgiving and everyone was shifting into the Christmas mood and I was craving a homemade pie. It was a perfect match because I really wanted a sweet potato pie like I used to have at your great grandmother’s during the holidays. The icing on the cake, or pie if you will, was that we also had a Weekend Adventure planned to Santa’s Wonderland in College Station, TX.
The game, with all the intrigue leading up to kickoff, was basic fundamental football. You could tell The U had no intentions of putting the game in the hands of the referees again and took care of business. Despite a very tight game in the first half, 16 -14 UM, The U ran away with it in the 3rd quarter which gave more playing time to 2nd and 3rd string players in the last quarter.
The pie was very basic in execution as well. I thought it was a complicated endeavor, but after talking with my mom, it is a simple dessert to make. The game ended with a score of 40 to 21 and the U closed the regular season on a 4 game win streak. The pie, coupled with all the nostalgia, ranked an 8 of 10 for me and it was Mami’s first time having sweet potato pie. Next time I make a sweet potato pie, there will be a few tweaks I would like to make to enhance the experience. For example, making the crust from scratch and adding a crunchy element of some type on top. But overall, this one was really good. The U’s next game is a few weeks away as we wait for the start of the “College Football Bowl Season”.
1. Take two sweet potatoes and place them in the oven at 350 degrees until the peel starts to blacken and pull away from the flesh of the potato
2. After the potatoes cool, peel and place in a mixing bowl
3. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg
4. In a separate bowl, mix a cup of milk, two eggs, melted butter, and vanilla
5. With the mixer on, slowly add liquid mixture into the potatoes and mix thoroughly
6. Add mixture into the pie crust and sprinkle the top with a little cinnamon
7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for ~30 min or until filling is set and the crust is brown
Love you to “Infinity…and Beyond”