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  • Seasonal Kitchen: Behold the varieties of locally grown spuds

    This time of year, local farmers markets brim with the vibrant colors of fall. Pumpkins, apples and winter squash dominate with their rich warm hues and bright pops of color, …


  • Russet potatoes a source of pride

    It is next to impossible to find the big Russet Idaho baker potatoes in Idaho grocery stores. Depending on who you ask, the blame either falls on the Idaho Potato …


  • Mashed or gratin, sweet or plain, tater must-haves

    Mashed potatoes are creamy and comforting. So are whipped sweet potatoes topped with a velvety crust of toasted marshmallows. This time of year, the root vegetables are readily available. In …


  • Tater tacks

    It’s not even 9 a.m. and Leon Frechette’s house is already filled with the aroma of baking potatoes. Frechette, a former Spokane contractor and author of several books on building …


  • Biotech apples may be harbinger for Simplot spuds

    BOISE — Idaho’s potato industry is gazing north of the U.S. border to a tiny Canadian apple breeder for a sign of how the public may embrace a genetically modified …


  • In the Garden: It’s a cool time to grow potatoes again

    Potatoes are one of the most enjoyable cool-season crops to grow. Not only are the plants attractive but it’s also great fun to dig for buried treasure in the fall. …


  • Simplicity of brunch

    Putting on a beautiful brunch shouldn’t require a team of sous chefs. They wouldn’t fit in your kitchen anyway. With some planning and a few advance preparations, brunch comes together …


  • Washington potatoes headed to South Korea

    OLYMPIA – As a Washington delegation wrapped up a trade mission in Asia this week, the United States and South Korea worked out a deal on the export of one …


  • Gregoire secures sister state

    OLYMPIA – Washington has a new “sister” state, half a world away. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is in Asia on a trade mission, announced Wednesday that Andhra Pradesh in southeast …


  • Doug Clark: Commission’s promo is no common tater

    Ever since the Dawn of Man (or, for you feminists, the Dawn of Chicks), human beings have created mysterious, larger-than-life wonders that were meant to endure the mildew of time. …


  • This will be hard to top: Potatoes to take 32-state tour

    BOISE – Call it Tuber Tour 2012. The Idaho Potato Commission is commemorating its 75th anniversary and hoping to dispel some bad press for potatoes by taking a lifelike, 6-ton …


  • Potatoes pile on the pounds, study says

    LOS ANGELES – Public Enemy No. 1 in America’s battle of the bulge isn’t cupcakes, soda or double bacon cheeseburgers. It’s the simple potato, according to Harvard University researchers. Daily …


  • Students, officials protest USDA tater-tossing plan

    Potatoes are being blacklisted. A proposal by federal nutrition officials to all but rid school meal programs of potatoes in favor of other vegetables and fruits has earned scorn from …


  • Head of Washington potato group ends all-spud diet

    The head of the Washington Potato Commission is ending his 60-day, all-potato diet lighter by 21 pounds and hungry for more than spuds.


  • Potato-only dieter nears 60-day goal

    For 60 days, Chris Voigt has been on a potatoes-only diet, and he laments that “no matter how you cook them, they’re always that same soft texture.” On Tuesday, when …


  • Vestal: A bold statement, made one potato at a time

    It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. But now – 21 days and 420 potatoes later – Chris Voigt must wonder. Voigt, head of the Washington …


  • Washington potato official going on all-spud diet

    The head of the Washington state Potato Commission says he’s sick of people linking spuds to junk food.


  • USDA numbers show Idaho had record potato crop

    New figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the value of Idaho’s potato crop reached a record $855 million last year.


  • Washington farmer fully integrates farm-to-table food offerings

    Brent Olsen is now a true meat and potatoes guy. This affable farmer from Aladdin, Wash., who is known for his colorful collection of spuds, recently purchased Smokey Ridge Meats …


  • Plant potato pieces now for plenty of spuds later

    Most of us consider the potato something to fry, bake or boil and then smother with something else. In reality, this seemingly mundane vegetable has played an important role in …


  • Potato costs exceed prices, farmers say

    IDAHO FALLS – Leaders of potato grower industry groups say a stellar growing season has been offset by prices for Idaho potatoes that have dropped to less than half of …


  • Potato farmers fight pests with hot mustard

    Chinese hot mustard, like horseradish and habanero, is best consumed in small portions. That’s part of the thinking behind efforts by many Mid-Columbia farmers, particularly potato growers, to raise fields …


  • McDonald’s fries the holy grail for potato farmers

    KIMBERLY, Idaho — From the fields of Idaho to tasting rooms in suburban Chicago, potato farmers, researchers and industry representatives are in the midst of an elusive hunt: finding a …


  • Get creative with your baked potatoes

    Lately I’ve been on this stuffed baked potato kick. I bake a few large russet potatoes on the weekend or when I get home from work. Sometimes I rub them …

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