Stories tagged: potatoes
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 3:04 P.M.
100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport, other restaurants raise potato prices in response to war-time vegetable shortages
The lowly potato was making front page news because its price “continues to soar.” The Spokesman-Review said that the potato would soon be “classed as a luxury,” and that Davenport’s …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 10:58 A.M.
WSU, University of Idaho join search for super spuds
A program that teamed up three universities and three agricultural commissions in 1984 has recently experienced its fourth great success with a newly bred potato that seems to be superior …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 10:59 A.M.
Oregon’s Columbia Basin farmers expect above-average potato harvest
Potato farmers in the Columbia Basin are expecting a better-than-average harvest this fall.
TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016, 1:33 P.M.
University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center
University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016, 3:28 P.M.
Comments sought on fighting potato pest in Idaho
Federal officials are taking public comments on possible methods to deal with a microscopic pest that has infested potato fields in southeastern Idaho.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016, 7 P.M.
Farl thee well: Make these Irish potato treats
St. Patrick’s Day may have passed. But The Spokesman-Review Food section has been receiving requests for the Irish Potato Farls mentioned March 16 in an Irish cookbook contest award-winning essay.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014
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, …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014
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 …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25, 2013
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013
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 …
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013, 7:18 A.M.
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 …
SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013
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. …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013
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 …
THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012
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 …
THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012
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 …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012
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. …
SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012
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 …
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
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 …
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
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 …
MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010, 2:43 P.M.
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.
SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010
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 …
FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2010
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 …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010, 11:32 A.M.
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.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010, 11:58 A.M.
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.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010
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 …
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
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 …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, 2009
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 …
MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2009
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 …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2009, 9:44 A.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2009
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 …