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   Posted 8/25/2010 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
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 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I am all around potato lover, I like them pretty much anyways you can make them. I guess my favorite at this age is baked with sour cream and chives and butter on them. Ymmmmm Ok now Im hungry lol.
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   Posted 8/26/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually thought potatoes originated in Ireland, maybe because of the great potato blight from history class.

I also love baked potatoes with sour cream and lots of real butter or cooked in stew with a good cut of beef.
Had to edit this.........last week I dug up red potatoes from the garden and had new potatoes with real butter and fresh parsley (picked from my herb garden)

Post Edited (GSDgirl) : 8/26/2010 8:06:41 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/26/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
We love potatoes around here; my daughter would starve to death without them. rolleyes smilewinkgrin

I love them just about any way except mashed - just can't tolerate the texture.

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   Posted 8/26/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
As my mom use to say, what are we having for dinner--potatoes AND!
They were always on the menu then and they are now at my house.  I like them prepared all ways but they have to be real potatoes--no boxed yuk for this girl!  One of my memories from childhood was going to my grandparents farm and grandma making small red "new" potatoes and fresh new peas in a cream sauce.  Yum!  I have tried and tried to duplicate that dish and failed every time.  I don't know if my memory overpowers everything or whether the ingredients were so fresh or my grandma's cooking was just so good.

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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I'd like more potatoes, please.

While I was so sick this last month, I learned a lot about the nutritional aspects of the potato. They're REALLY good for us - besides being yummy delights. They were among the few foods I could tolerate while my stomach was really bad. I found out that baked potatoes with only salt are actually tasty. Who knew? I still like stuff slathered on them butter and whatnot, but baked plain with only salt is totally acceptable. I found out you can make an impromptu potato soup by baking your potato, mashing it with a fork, salting it and pouring quite a bit of milk over it. Very yum.

I like them in casseroles, fried, mashed, in stews and soups, battered, whatever - I love 'em. I even saw mention of a potato, egg and milk sort of bake that is supposed to be really yummy and very balanced nutritionally - but I can't find the recipe again! Anyway - they are a real super food in all ways.

This is neat stuff about their healthy side:
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