Baked Sweet Potato Chips | What I Would Ask My Mother

Sweet Potato Chips | Kitchen Confidante | Kamote Chips

I have so many questions for her. You would think that as you get older, you become wiser, but the truth is, the more questions you have.

If my mother were still with us, I would ask her so many things.

When did you get your first grey hair?

What was that beautiful green seaweed we ate at Papa’s place in Sorsogon, over hot rice and fish?

Was my homework growing up as much work for you? Why does it seem as though parents today have to do the homework?

When did your metabolism start to slow?

Why didn’t you and dad ever go on dates?

Did you ever try baking those Kamote Chips?

Sweet Potato Chips | Kitchen Confidante | Kamote Chips

I remember so many things from my childhood, but yearn to remember more, and miss the chance to reminisce with her. So I do it through cooking. I thought of her on my children’s first day of school several weeks ago and brought my mother into the kitchen with me by trying my hand at her Sweet Potato Chips. My memories of homework are smothered with the aroma of thinly sliced sweet potatoes frying in a pan and cooling over layers of paper towels. So when my own little ones came home after that first day, I craved a nibble of hot Sweet Potato Chips, lightly salted and meltingly sweet. Instead of frying, I baked them, and the result was close – the scent that filled my kitchen made me smile, and the flavor opened the floodgates of my memory. I am sharing them today at My Way Home by Wayfair, I hope you enjoy them. Whether you fry them or take the healthier route and bake them, I hope you make them and think of her.

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by Liren Baker on September 24, 2012

14 Responses to “Baked Sweet Potato Chips | What I Would Ask My Mother”

  1. Brian September 24, 2012 @ 8:40 am (#

    I don’t think that will ever change… when we lose someone, we think about all the things we never did, we never asked… but I think those questions still linger as time goes on. My mother still talks about her grandmother and always says that she wishes that we had known her… I don’t think my mom will ever stop missing her.

    On a separate note, I’m really loving these baked chips. How marvelous (and healthy)!

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 24, 2012 @ 9:10 am (#

    The connection we have between food and people always fascinates me. I think Brian said it perfectly – loss brings unanswered questions to the forefront of our minds.

    As for the chips, I love sweet potatoes and your healthier spin on these chips! What a perfect snack!

  3. Mary September 24, 2012 @ 11:00 am (#

    Oh, Liren – the posts where you reminisce about your mom always bring tears to my eyes. Partly because I am a mother and partly because I know that the day is coming when I will long to ask my own mom questions. I am so lucky to still have her – she’s 83 and still cooking away every day. I frequently find myself calling her for an old family favorite or her “secret” recipe for this or that. Just the other night I called to ask her how to pickle beets. Not a complicated recipe but she reminded me to add a bay leaf – something I hadn’t remembered on my own. It is a gift to be able to keep alive the memory of those we love through food. As a result of this beautiful post, I can assure you that I will be thinking of your mom whenever I eat a sweet potato chip – which, by the way, I absolutely love!

  4. Linda September 24, 2012 @ 4:23 pm (#

    Hi Liren – It must be hard for you to face it as I experienced it with my dad, but I’m sure your mom smiles from above. This recipe is definitely in my recipe box as healthy snacks, and each time I have this – I’ll be thinking of you and your mom.

  5. Kiran @ September 24, 2012 @ 7:14 pm (#

    Food and people is an everlasting bond. I am so glad you are keeping your mom in memory by sharing food with us. xo

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks September 25, 2012 @ 2:31 pm (#

    your chips are calling my name! beautiful – saw them on FG, too. So pretty!

    and your post is so eloquent!

  7. Katie (The Muffin Myth) September 25, 2012 @ 2:42 pm (#

    When an ex boyfriend lost his mother I started asking my mother all sorts of things I had never had the never to ask her before. I’ve learned a lot, but I’m sure it’s never enough.

    These sweet potato chips look gorgeous. I love that they’re baked, can’t wait to try them out!

  8. Suzanne September 25, 2012 @ 10:12 pm (#

    Such a sweet post, you have such a great way of connecting food with family. The sweet potato chips look lovely!

  9. Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats September 26, 2012 @ 4:09 am (#

    A truly inspirational post Liren, and does reminds me of not to take my mom for granted. Like myself I know I love my mom to bits, but there are times I just want to be away from her to breathe and have my own space. However, mom will be mom, and I know she meant well ;). Lovely chips and I prefer the healthier route. As much I love friend food, I rarely fry food at home, but maybe have it at take out only when I crave for it. Beautiful photos too and have a wonderful week ahead! xoxo

  10. Diana @ Eating Made Easy September 26, 2012 @ 4:31 pm (#

    I really need to try these, I love buying them at the grocery store. Great pictures

  11. Sandra's Easy Cooking September 27, 2012 @ 9:07 pm (#

    Liren, this is very touching and beautifully written post,. I am happy that you found some kind of peace and that your are connecting with her while cooking. As long as our most loved ones are in our heart, they will be forever with us.
    To add one more thing, I love your chips. I got to try this with my kids soon and we will think about your mom!

    • liren replied: — September 30th, 2012 @ 8:59 am

      Thank you, Sandra. Cooking is a wonderful way for me to reconnect with her and my grandmother, especially when I miss them so. You’re right, they will always be with us, and I hope they will always be with my children, too.

  12. Jean September 30, 2012 @ 10:01 am (#

    I saw this post when it was delivered to my inbox and haven’t stopped thinking about it. I remember eating the fried version as an afternoon snack when I was a child, dipped in sugar, of course. It’s still a treat that I crave every once in a while. I’ll have to try baking them sometime. :)

  13. Carole February 7, 2013 @ 11:22 am (#

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is all about favourite foods from childhood. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Have a great week.

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