We’re giving Cloris the day off today. Taking her place is Maya Sapp, the sidekick from Codename: Dancer and Pointe of No Return by author Amanda Brice. Welcome, Maya! -- AP
My name is Maya Sapp, and you might remember me from the TV show Teen Celebrity Dance-Off. The reality show came to my performing arts boarding school this fall, and I was paired up with tennis phenom Carson Chen. He may have displayed some fancy footwork at the US Open, but he kinda has two lead feet on the dance floor. But that’s okay.
Only one episode of the show ever aired, but not because it was canceled. Well, not intentionally at least. The producers decided not to continue with it after the set was sabotaged, and my friends Dani, Analisa, and I solved the mystery. Even if you never saw the show, though, you probably heard about it. The perp tried to kill Dani, so it was all over CNN.
That’s ancient history now, even though it did raise all of our profiles. But that’s a good thing, since I want to be in show business when I graduate. So thank you, thank you, to Cloris and Anastasia for inviting me! I’m very excited to share the recipe for my mom’s amazing Ham & Yam Chili.
I grew up in New York, and live in Arizona now, but my mom grew up in Georgia. And like any good Southern girl, she cooks by taste and instinct, so the amounts in the recipe are kinda sketchy. She explained it to me as “you’ll know it when you taste it” when I asked how much to include, which I admit isn’t all that helpful. Mea culpa in advance, but it’s a great way to use up leftover spiral ham after a holiday meal.
Ham & Yam Chili
1 lb leftover glazed ham, diced into chunks
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into chunks
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can black-eyed peas
1 15-oz can dark red kidney beans
1 large onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
¼ cup leftover ham glaze
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup packed brown sugar
Chili seasoning, to taste
Set a slow cooker to low, timed for 4-6 hours. Pour all ingredients into the pot and stir together. Test the seasonings to make sure you get the right amount of sweetness and heat, so start low with the chili seasoning, adding until you arrive at the flavoring you prefer. Let cook for 4-6 hours, and enjoy!
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