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   Posted 8/26/2010 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
We all love to talk about food and most of us love to eat is actually. Strange how that is. smilewinkgrin So let's take a look at the lowly potato!

"The history of the potato has its roots in the windswept Andes Mountains of South America. It is an austere region plagued by fluctuating temperatures and poor soil conditions. Yet the tough and durable potato evolved in its thin air (elevations up to 15,000 feet), climbing ever higher like the people who first settled the region.

The tough pre-Columbian farmers first discovered and cultivated the potato some 7,000 years ago. They were impressed by its ruggedness, storage quality and its nutritional value. Western man did not come in contact with the potato until as late as 1537 when the Conquistadors tramped through Peru. And it was even later, about 1570, that the first potato made its way across the Atlantic to make a start on the continent of Europe." (from Indepthinfo.com)

Do you like potatoes? Are they comfort food in your family or your mind? Many people find them soothing and palatable when nothing else will work on a sick tummy. So the question today is..of course, do you like potatoes and if you do, what is your favorite way to eat them?

For me it's a tossup between mashed and french fries. But I'm picky about the fries. They must be done extra crispy. Non of this soggy, grease-dripping french fry. It needs to be properly cooked and liberally salted. And as far as the mashed ones go, they must be real and freshly made. No boxed mashed potatoes, thank you anyway...lol Yep, this is the quintessential comfort food that makes winter even better. tongue

What is your take on the potato?
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   Posted 8/26/2010 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I never eat potatoes anymore but I love yams, sweet potatoes.
Now if we're talking french fries, well that's a different story. Hubby makes excellent fries. No ketchup but lots of salt and vinegar. Ummmm good!!! LOL!!
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   Posted 8/26/2010 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I love potatoes. I don't really care how they are fixed. Boiled, mashed, home fries, hash browns, french fries....doesn't matter to me. Sadly thanks to my diabetes I can't eat them like I used to.

When someone is sick around here though a simple potato soup made with russet potatoes, onion, milk and butter is our "chicken soup" and has been on my Mom's side of the family for generations.

Recipe time: Potato Soup

Peel and dice enough russet potatoes to fill a pot approx 1/2 way.
Dice 1 small/med yellow or white onion and add to pot.
Fill with water until potatoes are cover and add about 3/4 teaspoon of salt.
Bring to boil and cook until potatoes are tender. DO NOT DRAIN WATER.
Add 1 stick of butter or margarine if making 3-6 quarts.....3/4 stick for 2 quarts and 1/2 stick for 1 quart. (can add more if you like a rich buttery soup)
Add enough milk to fill pot, reduce heat and cook until hot.

I have yet to find anyone who did not like this recipe. Even those who hate potato soup enjoy this one.
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   Posted 8/26/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I love potates in any form. If I have to pick my ultimate favorite, it would be a baked potato with a crispy skin, lots of butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream and bacon bits. I know that eliminates all nutritional value from the potato, but I love it! I agree about crispy fries too! Soggy french fries are nasty.

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   Posted 8/26/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Potatoes..........mmmmmmmmm......love them! Hard to pick a favorite for me too! If I had to it would be baked also, but I like the potatoes and skins with lots of butter, salt and sour cream! Yummy! French fries would be my second choice! Thanks Jim1969 for the soup recipe! I love potato soup but did not know how to make it! Now I am excited to make some!

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   Posted 8/26/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   


    Love them both,....mashed and baked! :)

       Baked,.... goes on the grill at 400 degreese for about an hour. We oil them up, and season with steak rub, and then salt them heavily. (Sea Salt) I like the skins to be charred and slightly tuff.


       Mashed,.......we leave the skins on, and there must be Garlic, Sour Cream, Salted Butter, and a little Heavy Ceam added to the mix. To top it off....we love Peppercorn Gravy.

       A steak is a must with any kind of Potato's...Tri-Tip, Flat-Iron.....it's all Good!


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   Posted 8/26/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Potatoes are my favourite food ever! I love them mashed with lots of butter and some salt, or baked with a crispy outer skin, and a soft fluffy middle loaded with butter and bacon bits, or even oven roasted potatoes, cooked with herbs and melted butter....mmmmm!!

I once went on a potato diet - that's all I age for a week was potatoes cooked every way imaginable. I can't remember if I lost any weight, but I sure did enjoy eating all the potatoes!!
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   Posted 8/26/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, so now I've decided on lunch.....potatoes! I love them about any way, but I have to watch the salt intake, so they're not quite as nice as they once were. I just have to decide if I want potato soup or new potatoes with cheese melted over them. They are just wonderful if cooked in the microwave steam bags! MMMMMM

Great choice today Chutz!
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   Posted 8/26/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I too love potatoes! My least favorite potatoe is scalloped, I will eat them but very be-grudgingly! I have been told I am a little weird but I like either beef and noodles or chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, and then stir them all up and eat them! That is the way my fathers family always eats them! And I aways make mashed taters if I am having noodles! The other thing that I like is meat loaf, you take a nice piping hot slice of meat loaf ( or two slices) and mash it up with mashed potatoes, and then put it on buttered bread and eat it in sandwiches! mmmmmmmmmmmmmm goooooooood!! There is a litle restaurant not far from me that I go for sunday breakfast after mass, and they kind of get a kick out of my breakfast. I order the breakfast with the one egg, sometimes two, ( over medium) and hash browns, and three sausage links and toast, and I ask for a side bowl of sausage gravy. I then proceed to cut up the saugage links into very small pieces, and cut up the egg into small pieces and then stir it all up into the hashbrown potatoes, and then I pour the sausage gravy over it all and stir it up and then eat it with my toast! The waitress laugh and joke with me about it but it is Delicious! and any more when I walk in they just ask me if I am having my usual! Yes Potatoes make the meal!

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   Posted 8/26/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
This is seriously making me hungry for potates. I wonder if anyone likes to swap recipies? I love to cook and have many and would love to learn more.
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