Alie & Georgia: Not Another Sweet Potato Casserole

11/20/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Sweet Potato Casserole
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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit PEOPLE.com every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

The holidays are upon us which means being surrounded by family in the spirit of love and generosity and…oh lets face it, FOOD! And while we love tradition and those comfort dishes we’ve been enjoying since childhood, there’s always room for a little growth.

So let your Aunt Bessie bring her tried and true sweet potato casserole this year, the one with the gooey almost-melted marshmallows and baby-food-esq pureed sweet potatoes, while you try something new and exotic. Okay, not too exotic. You know how scared of change Grandma Stella is.

We’ve scoured the Internet to find some new and exciting, off-the-beaten patch (get it?!) sweet potato recipes. They’re sure to be your family’s new favorite tradition. Or at least get a “well, she tried” from the fam.

Daigaku Imo from Tokyo Terrace: Give your Thanksgiving table a little international flair with these honey and soy glazed sweet potatoes.

Swiss Chard & Sweet Potato Gratin from Smitten Kitchen: We like this healthy gratin even better because you can make it ahead of time, and just warm it up before you’re ready to eat.

Sweet Potato Skins with Kale from Holy Cow Vegan: Don’t mistake these skins for game day food! They are much classier than that.

Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Horseradish Sauce from Pop Sugar: No we won’t be having Thanksgivukkah again this year, but that doesn’t mean that these sweet potato latkes shouldn’t be on your table.

Crispy Brown Butter Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic Caramelized Mushrooms & Goat Cheese from Half-Baked Harvest: Yes, this works just as well as a side dish as a main. Too bad there won’t be any leftovers!

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from A Girl Worth Saving:  Think sweet potatoes and cheese isn’t a brilliant combination? Think again! The combo of sweet and savory is perfect.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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SuzyL on

Nice recipe. I love sweet potatoes and my family adores it. I’m on the Loaded Gun Diet and I’ll avoid the meat, but I’m still allowed to eat potatoes.

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