Tag Archives: Potato

today’s holiday: Idaho Spud Day

Idaho Spud Day

Spud Day is a celebration of the potato in Shelley, Idaho. The potato has come to be thought of as the crop of Idaho, but the state actually has a number of other important crops: wheat, hay, oats, barley, beans, peas, sugar beets, and fruits. Nonetheless, the spud gets the hurrahs with a festival that began in 1927 and includes a parade, potato-picking and tug-of-war contests, and, of course, potatoes fried, baked, scalloped, mashed, and more. Five thousand free baked potatoes are given to visitors. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Potato Chips First Prepared (1853)

Potato Chips First Prepared (1853)

Before they became a mass-produced snack food, potato chips were chef-cooked restaurant fare. It is believed that chef George Crum created the original potato chip recipe at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York. In an attempt to please an unhappy customer, Crum decided to slice the potatoes very thin, fry them until crisp, and season them with extra salt. The customer was delighted, and thus “Saratoga Chips” were born. According to some accounts, who was the difficult customer? More… Discuss