Sweet potato puree with lime and honey

styling by Sheryl Julian and Valerie Ryan;

Serves 10

6 medium sweet potatoes
½ cup half-and-half or milk
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup honey
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and pepper, to taste

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1. Set the oven at 375 degrees.

2. Score the potatoes several times and set them on an oven rack. Bake for 1 hour or until the potatoes are tender. Let them sit until cool enough to handle, but still warm. Peel them.

3. In a bowl with a potato masher, work the potatoes and half-and-half or milk until smooth. Transfer to saucepan.

4. Stir in the butter, honey, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring, until hot. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Rachel Travers. Adapted from City Restaurant, Los Angeles.