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When in Rome…say ‘patatine fritte’

Learn how to say ‘french fries’ in other languages at Belgianfries.com

There is also a recipe there for cooking fries the Belgian way.


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From the Alamagordo Daily News:

The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of frozen potato products,vandelay.jpg accounting for more than half of world trade in the tuber.

They aren’t going to the United States, which exports more potatoes than it imports. The Dutch frozen potatoes are in demand from American fast food chains in Europe.

But in America, frozen fries are being imported from Canada, “due to lower cost of production and lower tariffs and the exchange rate.”

We’ve moved from eating potatoes boiled and mashed to eating processed potatoes. Now, Aguayo said, only 28 percent of the total crop is sold as fresh table stock.

“In 1959 only 19 percent of the crop was processed,” she stated. “In 1997, 61 percent of the processed potatoes were frozen, mostly as fries.”

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Spud lovers month

farnsworth.gifGood news everyone. February is ‘National Potato Lover’s Month’…. Spudtober perhaps, but I guess, if you want to get all technical, Spudruary might be more appropriate.

potato-ricer.jpgThankfully our friends at Amazon.com have a few products available to help us celebrate. Like this potato ricer for instance. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t rice potatoes.

Love for the spud doesn’t end with February however. August 19th is ‘National Potato Day’ and August 24-25th are ‘Potato Days’ in Barnsville Minnesota. And if you think that’s the cat’s pajamas, get a load of this. The United Nations has declared 2008 as the ‘International Year of the Potato‘, in Resolution 4/2005 of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, adopted on 25 November 2005. So when will there be a ‘French Fry’ day?…well, everyday is a french fry day in my opinion.

And there was much rejoicing…

one last thing…here’s a list of other food related holidays

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Looking through my blog stats recently I saw that a search engine term that led people to this blog was ‘poutine prostitute’. Interesting combination. My first thoughts were something about gravy and second degree burns, then french fry pimp, and then finally, what on my site could possibly be linked to this search term? It took me a bit to remember but here’s the answer.

G. from Geoffrey’s Periodic Inanities made this comment a while back:

When I was younger and in Quebec I mispronounced “poutine” as “poutan.” Nothing gets a cafeteria worker’s attention faster than ordering a prostitute.

I was curious to see what else I could find about poutine prostitutes so I did a little googling and found this article:

Now we come to the reason that French is known as the language of diplomacy. In France’s official documents, as well as uniformly in the French press, Vladimir Putin’s last name is spelled Poutine. As a natural result, it is pronounced poo-TEEN, rhyming with our ”routine.” The French undoubtedly know that is not the way he or his compatriots, or even President Bush looking into his soul, pronounce Putin’s name. (To head off a torrent of e-mail from Quebec, let me acknowledge that poutine is also French-Canadian comfort food: fried potatoes suffused in cheese and dollops of salty gravy.)

Why the error in transliteration? Official French sources tell me that because the sound that we write as in has no place in French pronunciation, an e has been added to make the sound more amenable to the French tongue, and that’s all there is to it. They note — somewhat stiffly, anticipating the direction of my inquiry — that they have added a vowel to other names for this purpose. But other, more conspiratorial linguists suggest that the spelling of Putin in English would be pronounced as putain in French — that is, sounding close to pew-TANH.

Putain, in French, means ”prostitute; whore,” or in current correctese, ”sexual-services provider.” According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it is the probable source, slightly corrupted, of the U.S. slang term poontang, a derogation of women as a means of sexual gratification. Hence, the rejection of the English spelling of Putin and the switch to Poutine, pronounced poo-TEEN. Small wonder that French arbiters of usage and pronunciation — perhaps out of commendable delicacy, in the interest of the avoidance of offense and the leers of pundits — have embraced phony phonetics, unanimously choosing to mispronounce the name of the president of Russia.

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catvomitsign.jpg1. Cats instinctively (spitefully) seek out a puke zone with the following characteristics:

a) the puke zone must contain multiple objects

b) objects within the puke zone must be oddly shaped with multiple surfaces, holes, nooks and or crannies (e.g. shoes, radiators, things made of wicker)

c) the puke zone must contain at least one object covered in or made from fabric, leather, or other porous material

2. Cat puke is both solid and liquid

3. Cat puke must come in contact with and settle in, on, or around all objects within the puke zone

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From an article in the Roseville Press Tribune:

It’s amazing the popularity of the French fry in this country. The average American consumes more than 140 pounds of potatoes annually, and 51 pounds of those are French Fries. More than 6 million pounds of potatoes are processed into frozen fries every year.

If you think McDonald’s and Burger King are waging a war for your burger buck, think again.The success of fast food chains is not about big burgers. Instead, it’s all about the small fry.

In 1997, Burger King – the nation’s second-biggest hamburger chain – invested $70 million in marketing might behind its new and improved French fries, claiming they were tastier than those from McDonald’s.
The public disagreed, and McDonald’s fries remain at the top of almost any poll on the subject.

McDonald’s, in its early years, spent countless hours in search of the perfect French fries. In 1957, the company opened a research lab dedicated to turning the production of French fries into a science.

A potato computer – still used to this day – was developed. The device monitors the temperature of the frying oil and notifies the operator when a batch of fries is cooked to perfection.

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Good stuff.

Will Ferrell doing George Dubyah on global warming.

‘Adam and Eve drove an Excursion’…ha ha ha

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