I made something yesterday that I hadn't made in 20 years, I think — a sweet potato pie. When I was growing up in coastal North Carolina, we didn't eat pumpkins. We ate sweet potatoes. My mother made sweet potato pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here's yesterday's pie when it was ready to be baked in the oven.
And here's what it looked like when it was done. I made a pâte sablée — a cookie crust. My inspiration was a gigantic sweet potato (patate douce) that I found at Intermarché the other day. Both our local markets regularly stock sweet potatoes, so I guess French people are eating them. The one I bought was big enough to give me three cups of cooked, pureed sweet potato flesh.