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Potatoes

By Judy Reed

It’s now the end of July, and that means it’s time to begin digging up those red potatoes! We harvested a batch a few days ago here in Cedar Springs, and my son fried them with polish kielbasa, onions and bell pepper. It tasted delicious! And it tasted even better knowing that the potatoes were from our own garden.

The potato is the most popular vegetable in America. It’s easy to understand their popularity. They’re fat-free, low in calories, high in vitamin C and potassium, and provide a good source of vitamin B6 and fiber. In addition to being nutritious and great tasting, potatoes can be prepared in a variety of ways and are loved by adults and kids, alike.

Potatoes were cultivated over 4,500 years ago in ancient Peru, in areas too cold to grow wheat or corn. Today, potatoes are grown in 130 countries around the world.

“French fries” were reportedly first introduced to America when Thomas Jefferson served “french fries” at the White House.

Looking for a new recipe for those newly harvested potatoes? Below is a summertime recipe from the Michigan Potato Commission.

Grilled Potato Salad

Ingredients
8 medium red potatoes
2 large red onions
3⁄4 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dill seeds
salt and pepper to taste

Cut potatoes in half and microwave for about 2 minutes or until they just start to cook. Cut onions into 1⁄2 inch slices ad place on hot grill with potatoes. Grill potatoes and onions until tender. Chop into small pieces (about 1⁄4 inch). Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley, mustard and dill seeds. Toss together with potatoes and onions until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve cold.

PotatoesBy Judy Reed
It’s now the end of July, and that means it’s time to begin digging up those red potatoes! We harvested a batch a few days ago here in Cedar Springs, and my son fried them with polish kielbasa, onions and bell pepper. It tasted delicious! And it tasted even better knowing that the potatoes were from our own garden.The potato is the most popular vegetable in America. It’s easy to understand their popularity. They’re fat-free, low in calories, high in vitamin C and potassium, and provide a good source of vitamin B6 and fiber. In addition to being nutritious and great tasting, potatoes can be prepared in a variety of ways and are loved by adults and kids, alike.Potatoes were cultivated over 4,500 years ago in ancient Peru, in areas too cold to grow wheat or corn. Today, potatoes are grown in 130 countries around the world.“French fries” were reportedly first introduced to America when Thomas Jefferson served “french fries” at the White House. Looking for a new recipe for those newly harvested potatoes? Below is a summertime recipe from the Michigan Potato Commission.Grilled Potato Salad
Ingredients8 medium red potatoes2 large red onions3⁄4 cup olive oil1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped2 tablespoons dijon mustard1 tablespoon dill seedssalt and pepper to taste
Cut potatoes in half and microwave for about 2 minutes or until they just start to cook. Cut onions into 1⁄2 inch slices ad place on hot grill with potatoes. Grill potatoes and onions until tender. Chop into small pieces (about 1⁄4 inch). Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley, mustard and dill seeds. Toss together with potatoes and onions until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve cold.

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