Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad, I Need Your Help and a New Mom Site

Hi everyone. I am proud to say that I have just sent you all my 100th blog. Thank you so much for subscribing when there are so many other blogs out there and when I am certain you are busy. I truly do appreciate your committment to Take Back the Kitchen and to take back YOUR kitchen. It has been great fun writing them and I have appreciated and enjoyed your comments and questions.

As you know, I post every other day but I have a question for you: Is it helpful? Is it enough? Is it too much? Would you prefer once a week? What questions do you have that have not been addressed?

This blog is for all of you and, going forward, I want to help you all the best that I can. Would you be so kind as to comment on the blog by going to Takebackthekitchen.com and clicking on “comments” after this post? I would really appreciate the feedback. Thanks!

Also, I would love to tell you all about a great new local and National website called Suzysaid.com I am actually featured as the “Buzz of the Week” this week so check them out and subscribe! In a very manageable way, the site gives you weekly updates on all the goings-on for kids and families in your neck of the woods as well as news, resources and tips. It is my new favorite site.


Speaking of manageable, I have an easy, delicious and healthy recipe I created after being inspired by a sweet potato salad at a party this past weekend. I hope you like it.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Salad:

1 boiled, large sweet potato cut into 1/2″ chunks
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or black beans from a can)
1/4 tsp salt but more to taste
1/2 small red onion, chopped fine
2 TBS finely chopped cilantro-MUST be chopped very finely or they will taste too grassy
3 TBS Olive oil, more to taste if need be

Combine beans and potatoes, add onions, cilantro,and finish off with Olive oil and salt. Add more of whichever ingredient you like best and enjoy!


9 Responses

  1. Congrats on your 100th post!

    I have really been enjoying your posts! I tune in sometimes once a week; other times more frequently.

    I am confident in the kitchen, but can get lazy and let the take-out/go-out mentality of living in town take over. Your blog encourages me to practice enjoying my home and caring for my family by cooking for them. Thank you!

  2. Alma, I love to cook and have dozens (hundreds?) of cookbooks and cooking magazines that I love to read and be inspired by. Your blog has helped inspire me to do more Asian cooking and to keep things simple. I also really appreciate how you take every-day events and use them as inspiration for us all to be courageous in the kitchen and in life. Thank you so much.

  3. I thoroughly love your posts, Alma. I find that whatever comes in during the week is one less thing I have to think about for a meal and so I try it. Some more successful than others (that beet dip really raised an eyebrow or two). I’d really appreciate the addition of a “Yields” at the end of your recipes. Some have it but those types of things help me gage how much I need to make. We’re a small family.

    So thanks again and keep ’em coming. Looking forward to 101.

  4. I love all of the blogs. Lately they have been a bit shorter, and while I am fine with longer ones, the shorter ones are probably more manageable. For me, every other day is perfect, as long as it’s not a burden for you. Keep it coming!


  5. Love the regular posts! Gets me thinking about dinner and not just the usual fare. My favorites are the ones with the madcap stories of the kids! Don’t cut back, please!

    – Josh

  6. Hi Alma – I rely on your blog to get inspired myself. Please don’t stop! Even though I don’t have kids, I appreciate the anecdotes and inspirations as a result. Maybe twice or thrice a week, but not just weekly – that wouldn’t be enough!

  7. I’m always curious to read about what new recipe you’ve come up with! You’ve got me thinking about how to change some of my own standbys…

    I’d prefer to reduce the frequency of the blogs to once or twice a week. I just can’t keep up with every other day.

  8. I just wanted to say that, though I don’t comment regularly, please know that I ADORE!!! your blog emails! In fact, we are going to the Cape tomorrow and I was in bed last night thinking, “I’ve got to print out some recipes from Alma to take with me!” I am so thrilled to have an easy and fun resource for cooking right at my fingertips…and it is all because of you!

    I think your emails are great just as they are…not too much, not too little…always funny and reassuring to all of us moms struggling with the same issues!

    My only regret is that I have not taken the time to introduce ALL of my friends and family to your site. I PROMISE to do this before the end of the summer! I also need to explore your actual site further since today was my first time checking it out…I have been relying just on your emails.

    So, there is your requested mouthful! Hope it is helpful. I think you are truly fabulous in all you do and feel very thankful to have met you through the Pre-K!

    Have a great summer!

  9. While I typically dread e-mail, I look forward to the e-mails marked Take Back The Kitchen. It’s always a good read; I love all of the fun recipes and stories that go along with them. Even my husband likes reading them! For me the e-mail frequency and content is perfect.

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