Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Challenge Ingredient: Potatoes

Well, here we are at another week when I've forgotten to post the challenge on time. It's not that I'm too busy or too lazy...I'm really just that absent-minded. My hair isn't even blond!

This week we're cooking up potatoes. Potatoes have always been a favorite food of mine, and there are so many different ways to prepare them: baked, mashed, au gratin, hash browns, and fries, just to name a few. Unfortunately for me, my husband doesn't like them. He had them too often as a kid, and now he just wants pretty much nothing to do with them. He complains about them being flavorless. Sadly, for the first two and a half years or so that we were married, I rarely cooked potatoes at all, because I wanted to please him. Finally I decided that he could deal with it every now and then, and I've been making (and eating!) potatoes again the last year. And my husband eats without complaint. Without audible complaint. :)
Fast facts:
  • Potato plants actually flower. They come in white, pink, red, blue and purple.
  • The annual diet of an average global citizen in the first decade of the twenty-first century would include about 33 kilograms (or 73 lbs.) of potato.
  • Potatoes contain vitamins and minerals that have been identified as vital to human nutrition. Humans can subsist healthily on a diet of potatoes and milk, which provides Vitamin A and Vitamin D.
  • The potato has been an essential crop in the Andes since the pre-Columbian Era.
(Source: Wikipedia: Potato)

Please post by Sunday night, and happy cooking!


Mari said...

I love potatoes! And lucky me, I've already got a new meal in mind for this week that includes potatoes. Score!

Janelle said...

Me too! I looked at a few new recipes I wanted to try, and pulled an ingredient from one of them, and said "hey, maybe I'll make that the challenge this week!"

stewbert said...

Oh sweet. I love potatoes, too. Hubby only likes red potatoes. Fortunately ... I like all potatoes. haha.