A Klondike Rose Potato this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and most of us guys are stuck in the “decision mode.”  Do we shower her with fancy gifts, maybe clothes or fine jewelry, or perhaps we take the safe route and go with a huge bouquet of extremely expensive roses, which will say I Love You for about 2 or 3 days until they turn into a dried out mess.  What to do, what to do? My advice: this year give Klondike Rose potatoes, and hold your laughter for a few minutes while I tell you why.

Flowers say what exactly – I am stuck in tradition and don’t want to think outside of the box.  Jewelry, which is somewhat of a great gift says more about the giver than the receiver – come on ladies, admit it, how many times have you gotten a piece of jewelry that brightens your day about as much as a penlight?  Clothes, my guess would be something in red or pink, and just might be something in the risqué category, are always top purchases, but they say exactly what men? “I want to see you in this my dear for my enjoyment, and in some cases only for a very short time.”  Trust me when I tell you, no matter what you decide on, they all look the same when they are in a balled up mess on the floor.

Now I can tell you that the humble potato can score so many points in so many areas with your beloved once you fill her in on the many uses potatoes have other than a delicious and nutritious food source.  Start by sharing how in the kitchen, she can clean your silverware in the leftover potato water and can remove rust stains with a fresh potato in a safe and non-toxic way (great high-five moment if she is environmentally conscious.) Let her know if her soup gets too salty, just add a few large pieces of fresh potato for about ten minutes to absorb the excess sodium.  Around the house benefits are that you can shine your shoes and keep your skiing goggles from fogging up using a fresh potato.  Of course we can’t forget using fresh potatoes to remove juice stains on hands and surfaces, removing glue from your hands, and believe it or not you can even grate fresh potatoes to use as a carpet cleaner.  Long ago, women recommended washing your face in potato juice for anti-aging effects, and fresh potato slices placed on the eyes helps to relieve puffiness.  Keeping fresh potatoes as part of your home first aid kit can give you a low-cost treatment for wart removal, burn treatment, and even a headache cure.  Other uses have been for making stamps in crafting, removing a broken light-bulb, and making batteries of all things.   Now I’m just scratching the surface of the many uses of fresh potatoes and I encourage you to seek out additional benefits so you can prove just how valuable giving Klondike Rose potatoes as a gift on this special day can be.

In the old days, herbalists lovingly referred to potatoes as “the apples of love.” Now with an endorsement like that, she’ll never even think about how good a box of chocolates could have been. How can you go wrong with Klondike Rose potatoes?

So as you sit and ponder over this revelation, and hopefully you have stopped laughing long enough to be in total amazement at the versatility of this wonderful vegetable, you’ll start seeing the potential for new gift ideas for your special lady.  Just remember, that the key is in the presentation (I would suggest you cook her a really great meal to accompany your gift of Klondike Rose potatoes, as food has been known to relax people – that way you’ll have an extra second or two to avoid the flying tuber headed your way.)

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day

P.S. – I’m going with flowers AND one of these great potato recipes to avoid the flying potato syndrome

Pancakes & Heart Shaped Roasted Potatoes

(Make your favorite pancakes from the mix of your choice and serve with berry syrup for that Valentine’s Day splash of red!)

Heart Shaped Potato

Roasted Potatoes

6 large Klondike Rose® potatoes (about 2 pounds for 4 servings)

¼ cup olive oil

1 – 2 tsp kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

2 tsp Caraway seeds

½ tsp paprika (optional)

Make Heart Cutouts

• Preheat oven to 400˚ F.

• Line baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray with non-stick spray or brush with oil.

• Fill a pot with about 1quart -2quarts of water, add 1tbl salt, bring to boil, and then reduce heat to gentle simmer.

• In the meantime peel potatoes, slice them, using a small metal cookie cutter cut out as many hearts as you can. Reserve scraps in water, you can also par-cook scraps or make mashed potatoes

• Cook potatoes in simmering water for 3 minutes, drain potatoes and let cool slightly.

• Combine all the ingredients for the marinade: olive oil, salt, caraway seed, pepper, paprika.

• Pour marinade over potatoes, stir and let sit for 5 minutes.

• Spread marinade potatoes evenly onto the baking sheet.

• Roast them for 20-25 minutes, in halftime using off-set silicone spatulas carefully turn the potatoes (don’t forget to use oven mittens when handling hot baking sheet!).

• If your oven has a broiler, broil potatoes for additional 5 minutes or until they are golden on brown.

Story written by Ralph Schwartz