Weekly Food for Thought with choosing the right potatoes, poaching fruit, an easy recipe and more.
A medium size potato (5.3 ounces) with skin is 110 calories, has no fat, sodium or cholesterol, provides 45 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana.
Here's tips to get you familiar with the variety of potatoes available:
Fingerlings - These small, slender "finger-sized" potatoes range from two to four inches in length. They come in a wide range of skin and flesh colors and most possess a firm, waxy texture, which makes them ideal for potato salads. Pan-frying enhances their robust flavor and showcases their wonderful nutty or buttery tastes.
Russets - Russets are characterized by a brown, netted skin and white flesh. The delicate potato flavor and grainy texture of a baked russet creates light and fluffy mashed potatoes and crispy pan-fried potatoes.
Yellows - This type boasts golden skin and golden flesh. Grilling gives them a crispy skin, which enhances the dense and buttery texture, and gives them a slightly sweet, caramelized flavor. Their naturally smooth texture also lends itself well to lighter versions of baked or roasted potatoes.
To get more healthy potato recipes, visit www.potatogoodness.com.
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Tip of the Week: Poaching fruit
Poaching fruit, like pears, calls for simmering it in an unspiced syrup that is reduced to concentrate the fruity flavor. Create a simple poaching liquid by mixing two parts liquid (i.e. wine, water or fruit juice) with one part sugar. Fruit becomes tender as it absorbs the liquid.
Easy recipe: Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad
1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes (mixed colors), cut into 1/2-inch circles
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes (do not separate layers)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup light or olive oil based mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes start to brown. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl; toss with cooled vegetables. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
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Did You Know?
Even if fruits and veggies have a peel, it is important to wash them before consumption because bacteria can spread from the outside to the inside as you touch them. – FoodSafety.com
This type of pasta dish is traditionally made with chopped, sautéed bacon, egg yolks, grated cheese, cracked black pepper, and sometimes cream.
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Wise to the Word: Earl Grey tea
This popular black tea was named for Charles Grey, the second earl in his line, who was also prime minister to King William IV in the early 19th century. An amalgamation of Indian and Sri Lankan teas, Earl Grey gets its elusive flavor from oil of the Bergamot orange. The Earl is said to have been given the recipe by a Chinese mandarin with whom he was friends.
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530: One order of Chicken Quesadilla at Taco Bell is 530 calories.
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"Restaurant Man" by Joe Bastianich
Joe Bastianich charts his culinary journey from working in his parents’ red-sauce joint in Queens to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs. Joe first learned the ropes from his father, Felice Bastianich, the ultrapragmatic, self-proclaimed “restaurant man.” After college and a year on Wall Street, Joe bought a one-way ticket to Italy and worked in restaurants and vineyards. Upon his return to New York, he partnered with his mother, Lidia, and soon joined forces with Mario Batali, establishing one superlative Italian restaurant after another.
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