For the sweet potato, pumpkin, and cactus (no longer made) candy, you use the meat of the vegetable. For sweet potatoes, you would peel them, cut them in 4 pieces, depending on size, then boil them in your sugar syrup.
I'm sorry about your PG&E.
Me, too, re: smoke.
Oh, I love all of the kids cooking shows, including Chopped Junior!
Have a wonderful coming week!
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