January 2014 - Potato Challenge

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  1. teamfat

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    This is Marjorie.  After Karen's mother passed, her father ended up marrying Marjorie.  I won't go into all the details of the way various paths crossed over the years resulting in this union.

    The last time I saw her was Thanksgiving 2012.  I flew down to Phoenix and prepared a big dinner for family, both Karen's and my own.  It was one of the better holidays I've ever had.  But the troubles with her throat were getting pretty far advanced, and the only thing Marjorie could eat was my mashed potatoes.  She passed a couple months later.

    So in her memory, and for all those lost loved ones we miss at family gatherings, I am choosing potatoes.  Red, white, purple, sweet, yams - whatever.  In spite of the somber tones, have fun with your food in this challenge.

    And put your heart into it.


    mjb.
     
  2. kaiquekuisine

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    Teamfat, i swear aside from rice, potatoe was the second thing that came to my mind. 

    Everyone reading my mind in these challenge themes lol. 

    This is gonna be a fun one xD
     
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  3. koukouvagia

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    It always wanted to try making gnocchi :) thank you so much for taking the bull by the horns and stepping up to host. I hope this sort of thing doesn't happen again at the end of the month.

    Now I'm gonna warn you... I've been called the potato queen.
     
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  4. teamfat

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    Naw, I'll declare myself the winner and pick Spain as the next theme.

    We'll see how it actually goes, looking for some good stuff to be presented.

    mjb.
     
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    So we went from rice to potatoes.
    Bit of a bummer, I was looking forward to showing of my nasi goreng!

    OK potatoes, here we come!
     
  7. chrisbelgium

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    Thanks for doing this challenge mjb! I know you will do very well, the theme already sounds perfect and your motivation to be read in the opening post is simply heartwarming.

    I hope plenty of CT members will participate in your challenge.
     
  8. eastshores

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    Thanks teamfat for hosting. I love a generic idea like potatoes! I will have fun with this one. Now where did I put my ricer...
     
  9. koukouvagia

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    Some things I've made recently.

    Potato and leek stew with bakalao.


    Roasted potatoes with a side of lamb chops.  This was back when I used to par boil potatoes first before I roasted them.  I don't do that anymore.


    Potato soup with a pork chop.

     
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  10. beastmasterflex

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    Parboiling is the way to go for roast potatoes, just gotta put the pan in the oven with the fat first, then add the parboiled potatoes to the hot fat. Baste the potatoes when you first put them in and a couple of times during the process, also don't overcrowd the pan. They'll have that beautiful crispy fatty outside and soft inside.
     
  11. genemachine

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    Ahhh, nice. This is going to be good, given that the traditional winter cuisine of the region consists of potatoes with a side of potatoes /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif
     
  12. koukouvagia

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    No. I don't do it that way anymore. I don't like the results.
     
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    Pommes boulangere... I am sold on this challenge already. Love the stuff!
     
  15. kaiquekuisine

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    Well today my grandmother made some small fingerling potatoes , boiled and made into a salad. 

    But they werent so pretty to look at , but tasty xD /img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif. 
     
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    Hand cut fries & pastrami sandwich.
     
  17. teamfat

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    Yum.  I may need to buy a duck just to render out some fat for cooking patoots, as I often call them at home.

    mjb.
     
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    You can never have enough duck fat...
     
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    Hamburger with panfried potatoes with dille and garlic


    Potatoes peeled, rinsed to wash off the starch, then dried in a kitchen towel and slowly fried in only a little dash of sunflower oil on medium fire in a non-stick pan. At the end of the frying time, added dried dill, garlic and s&p. They need to fry some 30 minutes! So, start on medium fire and if needed turn up the heat at the end of the cooking time. Meanwhile, turn potatoes often.

    Hamburger; very lean beef meat, good amount of Dijon mustard, very finely chopped shallot, pinch of chili flakes, pinch of dried dill, black pepper, and some olive oil to bring it together. No salt, there's enough of it in the mustard. Let set in the fridge for a while. Served on a what we call a "tiger" bun which was slightly toasted to get it's typical crisp back.

    Edit; forgot to mention the most important flavor in the meat, which was some crushed cumin seeds.... de-li-ci-ous!
     
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  20. beastmasterflex

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    Very cool effect on the bun. How do you get the texture? Did you proof it on a couche or something?