potato photo courtesy suat eman
can i just say that two days later i am still exhausted?? i have an even greater respect for chefs, cooks and caterers...wow...you guys do that every day? so...enough with the wedding story...i will blog about the event...and share the recipes later (peach pie with pecan crisp topping anyone?) for now, i just must be honest and say i did not have the energy to create a new potato recipe...
happily, i have a number of favorite potato recipes from the past few years of blogging and i am "repurposing" three of my favorites. but first, i want to talk a bit about the nutritional aspects of potatoes. i have so many friends who...in the interest of health...are foregoing "anything white". no white sugar, flour, potatoes...etc. i totally get the first two...but potatoes? really? here are some potato facts from the washington state potato commission's website:
THE HEALTHFUL POTATO
Misinformation and misconceptions regarding the nutritional value of the potato abound. In fact, an average (~5.3 oz) potato with the skin contains:
45% of the daily value for vitamin C
620 mg potassium, comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli
trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc
all for only 110 calories and no fat.
And potatoes with the skin on are an excellent source of fiber. In fact, with 2 grams of fiber per serving, a potato equals or exceeds that of many "whole" grain products-whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta and many cereals
Despite the popular notion, the majority of nutrients are not found in the skin, but in the potato itself. Nonetheless, leaving the skin on the potatoes retains all the nutrients, the fiber in the skin and makes potatoes easier to prepare.
how great is that? i love potatoes. i roast them all the time. diced, roasted with onions, evoo and sea salt, then topped with a poached egg...perfection. or check out my baked potatoes for dinner? post ...loaded with a delicious roasted vegetable mixture of broccoli, garlic, leeks and cremini mushrooms, tossed with e.v.o.o and seasonings... add a small salad and dinner is served.
i am a "potato skin" person...even in my mashed potatoes or, as i refer to them, smashed potatoes ...with e.v.o.o instead of butter and seasoned with a delicious roasted garlic puree...yum.
this is the perfect time of year to serve our napa farmhouse potato salad chock full of red skinned potatoes, fresh peas, green onion, red onion and kalamata olives tossed in a honey mustard vinaigrette.
see what i mean...potaotes are delicious, nutritious, inexpensive and incredibly versatile....what are your favorite ways to prepare them? and...that roasted potato/poached egg combo sounds like the perfect, easy dinner for tonight....off to the kitchen...
now it is your turn to participate in summer fest. simply leave your potato tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit the collaborators listed on the blog away to garden and do the same.
the cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. yes, copy and paste them everywhere! that way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.
always...much thanks to margaret roach and deb puchalla for coordinating summer fest 2010. as always...its been a blast... one more thing...next week begins fall fest. same idea...new logo...
best and happy cooking!
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