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"What's for Dinner Honey?"

Every Friday Local Betty features a new recipe in "What's for Dinner Honey?"  And Signe, our Farmers Market foodie tracks down another tasty treat from someone in town- a dish that is simple, delicious, and easy to share with friends and family.  We get inspired and we get to meet someone new.  We love it.

Today and every few days up until Thanksgiving, we're going to print a holiday dish and a story that goes with it [maybe we should call it a dish and a dish]. Did you read Mark's post about his first Thanksgiving turkey?  Or Robin's recipe for a sweet/salty Thanksgiving?  See if you can keep from smiling, we can't.  And we can't wait to share them all with you.

Here we go for Tuesday [we know this recipe has the word turnip in it, but trust us, it's really good...]

Macomber Turnip Casserole- by Chef Kevin Long

This recipe is dear to me in many ways, one reason is I love Macomber Turnips [sometimes called a Cape Cod Turnip] is because they are sweet, local,
and very cool............ another thing I love about this recipe is that I grew up with my Mom making this every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas and now over the past 10 [maybe more] years at Tosca it has become a big favorite with the staff and guests [even non-turnip eaters].  When I was old enough it was a yearly tradition that I would peel and chop the turnips for my Mom.

4  lbs [about 2  large] Macomber or Cape Cod turnips peeled and diced    
1 lb [1 large] Idaho potato peeled and diced
2-3 T pure maple syrup
2 egg yolks
1/2 C heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter
Kosher Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
1/4 C coarse breadcrumbs 

Boil the turnips and potato until tender in lightly salted water. Drain well and mash with the butter, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and maple syrup. Work until creamy, light, and fluffy.  When cooled off a little mix in the egg yolks and spread evenly in a lightly buttered medium casserole dish. Top with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and bake in a pre-heated 350ยบ oven for about one hour until golden brown and bubbly.