What God may smell like

by Christina on March 8, 2011

One of my favorite book passages comes from Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies:

“She smells him behind his ears, where he most smells like sweet unwashed new potatoes. This is in fact what I think God may smell like, a young child’s slightly dirty neck.”

If you’ve ever smelled behind a baby’s ears (or a boyfriend’s ears) you probably know what she’s talking about… although I might say God smells more like unwashed new sweet potatoes.

Science has made these root vegetables even more beautiful to me: we know that they are full of fiber, beta-carotene, vitamins, minerals, and more.

I am amazed that I can turn these lumpy, dirty, beautiful roots into food that actually tastes good… here are two of my recent sweet potato projects:

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

(I like recipes with 3 or fewer steps… hope you don’t mind?)

  1. Bake sweet potatoes in oven until soft (could always microwave if really hungry and/or feeling impatient)
  2. Stuff with leftovers (I used leftover rice and beans I had in the fridge but there are infinite possibilities for stuffing! Refried beans, salsa, veggies, etc)
  3. Sprinkle some cheese on top and bake a few minutes longer until stuffing has heated up.

Sweet Potato Rosemary Chips

Inspired by Gena’s amazing recent Yukon potato post (thank you thank you!):



  1. Slice sweet potatoes and toss in bowl with olive oil and some sea salt (I added cinnamon too – so good).
  2. Spread on tray and sprinkle with rosemary.
  3. Bake (~400 degrees for ~20 minutes).


Please tell me… how do you do your sweet potatoes?!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Satkirin March 9, 2011 at 5:19 am

Yum!! And the oligosaccharides in sweet potatoes feed commensal bacteria in the gut! The good guys!


Christina March 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

Really?!! Sweet potatoes are so amazing!


Satkirin March 10, 2011 at 3:06 am

and delicious!! i bake a couple at a time- just wash, bake, stick in the fridge….grab, take to work, eat like an apple. Or eat an apple…….with pectin!


Christina March 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Eat like an apple – I LOVE this idea!!

I’m totally going to start doing that. 🙂


Kimberly Palmer March 10, 2011 at 3:01 am

We have sweet potatoes like this about once a week: sliced thin like french fries, then put salt and pepper on top with olive oil – bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes- yum! (and so easy)


Christina March 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

YUM Kim! That sounds good! How do you slice them so thinly though? That’s what I have trouble with (I don’t have a very sharp knife).

You should try putting some cinnamon on those fries too!


Kimberly Palmer March 11, 2011 at 2:28 am

I use the biggest knife we have! It can be hard, you just have to put some muscle into it 🙂 I will add cinnamon next time!


Leslie March 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I do something like this too. I cut them into kind of thick fries, then toss with olive oil, salt, cumin, and some kind of chili pepper (or I often use smoked Spanish paprika).


Christina March 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Cumin and chili pepper is such a good idea – thank you, Leslie!


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