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  • Merkel finally Opens Up - by Letting Slip Her Potato Soup Secrets

    08/23/2017 4:11:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The Local ^ | 23 August 2017
    To some Germans Chancellor Angela Merkel is known affectionately as Mutti (mum), but others deride her as the “ice queen.” Will a revelation about how she cooks potato soup sway doubters into the Mutti camp? Merkel is often credited with paying close attention to the political mood of the German public before taking a stance on anything. During the refugee crisis of 2015 for example she is said to have been swayed by polling into opening Germany’s borders. But it doesn’t take a political genius to figure out that one thing that’ll always go down well with Germans is potatoes....
  • Mexican court forbids imports of US potatoes

    08/04/2017 8:53:58 PM PDT · by boycott · 33 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | August 04, 2017
    A Mexican federal court has made an unusual ruling that bans the import of U.S. potatoes on the grounds the imports violate Mexicans’ right to food sovereignty and a healthy environment. A group of Mexican potato growers had sought a constitutional injunction on the imports, claiming they threaten to spread agricultural diseases. The court said Mexican agricultural authorities had failed to use methods like radiation treatment of imports to prevent diseases. But because federal injunctions are intended only to protect constitutional rights, the ruling had to break some new ground. The court ruled the ban must be implemented to preserve...
  • WA Premier defends decision to drop lawsuit against potato grower Tony Galati(For Potato Growing)

    05/30/2017 5:06:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/31 | Bridget Fitzgerald
    West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has defended a decision to drop a lawsuit against Perth businessman Tony Galati, saying it would be "unusual and bizarre" to prosecute someone for growing potatoes. The comments come after Mr McGowan confirmed he would not pursue legal action against Mr Galati for allegedly breaching a commercial agreement with industry regulator the Potato Marketing Corporation (PMC). Before deregulation, which was passed by Parliament last year, the PMC launched legal action against Mr Galati, and alleged he deliberately planted more than his designated quota of potatoes. The PMC took legal action on behalf of West Australian...
  • Growing Spuds on Mars

    03/29/2017 9:48:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/29/17 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    Invasive Species, Biological Control, Where do Potatoes come from? Yours truly has a preference for spuds over rice as the dietary “carb.” So, you may forgive me for being interested in news about this tuber-kind being potentially feeding the future colonists on planet Mars. Surely now, our venerable Canadian Broadcasting Service (CBC) would not lie! As the report says “The [potato growing] experiment was conducted in soil in the Atacama Desert in Peru, which is most similar to what is found on Mars.”
  • Indicators show potatoes can grow on Mars

    03/08/2017 4:06:46 PM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 34/8/2017
    The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth. This Phase Two effort of CIP's proof of concept experiment to grow potatoes in simulated Martian conditions began on February 14, 2016 when a tuber was planted in a specially constructed CubeSat contained environment built by engineers from University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima based upon designs and advice provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Ames Research Center (NASA ARC), California....
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    12/17/2015 4:12:01 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 77 replies
    I've recently discovered a new way of cooking potatoes. We've already done a thread this year on the Potato; but it's a very satisfying and versatile food - sometimes only the Egg seems more so - and I thought we'd revisit it. I had never heard of these before, they seem to be more well-known in Europe: Fondant Potatoes: There appear to be two ways of doing Fondant Potatoes: entirely on top of the range, or fried and browned first, and then put into the oven to finish. Here are links to the two methods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOatJPocjDohttp://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/fondantpotatoes_93087Another fancy potato dish is...
  • Venezuela's bizarre response to McDonald's running out of french fries

    01/08/2015 3:02:22 PM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Tico Times ^ | 8 Jan 2015 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    Venezuela’s leaders aren’t taking the ongoing McDonald’s french fry shortage in their country too well. Publicly sponsored news outlets, government officials, and even the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, have all responded to McDonald’s unthinkable french fry shortage, which spans all 100 outlets in the country, by publicly criticizing the chain, and its french fries. One of the loudest responses came from Telesur, a state-sponsored news outlet, which wasted no time in getting to what it views as the heart of the issue. The outlet published a story headlined, “McDonald’s joins economic war against Venezuela,” not-so-subtly suggesting that the lack of...
  • McDonald's Japan rations fries as U.S. West Coast port dispute drags on

    12/17/2014 11:48:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/2014
    TOKYO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports. The fast-food chain said it was importing more than 1,000 tonnes of frozen fries by air, which began arriving last Monday and had begun routing another 1,600 tonnes through ports on the U.S. East Coast which should begin arriving in late January. Those steps alone, however, are not sufficient to prevent a shortage. “Unfortunately without this sales restriction step, we would...
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • Michelle Obama Won’t Campaign For Democrats Because She’s Mad Over Letter About Potatoes

    10/06/2014 10:43:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-6-14 | Eric Owens
    First lady Michelle Obama believes that Democrats running for Congress eagerly desire her presence on the campaign trail during the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections. However, she has avoided helping some Senate Democrats because she’s mad at them for failing to show adequate support for her deeply unpopular attempt to change people’s diets. The Daily Caller is not making this up. The New York Times has reported it. The first lady has expressed frustration with Senate Democrats because they didn’t do enough to fight Republican attempts to weaken the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” explains the Times. The 2010 law...
  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • Revenge of The Killer Potatoes: Pelosi Fights Potato ‘Assaults’

    06/16/2014 10:02:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    Washington’s potato saga continues.While the House considers a bill to include the potato in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food nutrition program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is echoing First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato is an assault on science.“Republicans are even going after the nutrition for pregnant women and children, the WIC program. Mandating the WIC program include more white potatoes. You know, were talking about fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the rest, and they have an amendment that says more white potatoes than nutritionists recommend,” Pelosi said during her Thursday press conference.“These assaults...
  • Michelle Obama's Crazy, Embarrassing Potato Manifesto

    05/31/2014 12:40:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2014 | By Susan D. Harris
    It was eleven o’clock at night and the lady in front of me in the supermarket line was buying jars of baby food and bottles of Pedialyte. The cashier pulled some of the jars aside and told the lady they weren’t covered under the WIC program. “But you didn’t have the ones I can buy, the shelf is empty. I can’t buy the other ones because he won’t eat them,” the customer said. “I’m sorry, maybe if you call WIC you can get permission to buy these, but I can’t do anything about it,” the cashier responded. -snip- So when...
  • Potato Council Debunks First Lady's 'Science' Claims

    05/30/2014 4:59:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Craig Bannister
    Today, the National Potato Council praised the House for considering a bill to include the potato in its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food nutrition ("food stamp") program. The Council also debunked First Lady Michelle Obama's claims that including the potato would "override science" and that Americans are already eating enough of them.The Potato Council notes that the First Lady's science is based on old data - not the latest government reports:"Opponents of adding fresh potatoes to the WIC package are picking and choosing the science. Instead of relying on a 2005 report that looks at data from the mid-1990s,...
  • KERRY PASSES OUT IDAHO POTATOES IN PARIS (to Russian Foreign Minister)

    01/14/2014 5:24:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | january 14, 2014
    US Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with potatoes from Idaho before the beginning of talks in Paris. Kerry said that Lavrov and he had spoken to one another several weeks ago and planned to discuss Syria. Then the Secretary of State produced two potatoes from a big cardboard box and gave them to the Russian minister.
  • Kerry Presents Russian Counterpart with a Pair of Potatoes

    01/13/2014 1:57:07 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 66 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 1-13-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov not with a reset button at today’s Syria talks in Paris, but with… a pair of potatoes. (snip) At their joint press conference, a confused Russian reporter asked about the gift. “It is a symbolic gift? What does it mean?” “Well, he told me he’s not going to make vodka. He’s going to eat them,” Kerry quipped before changing the subject. “With respect to the potatoes, I really want to clarify: There’s no hidden meaning,” he later said. “There’s no metaphor. There’s no symbolic anything. ......."
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • Snake! Woman says she found one in bag of potatoes from Wal-Mart

    06/21/2013 1:08:29 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 21, 2013 | Claudine Zap
    A woman says she got an extra ingredient in a bag of potatoes purchased at Wal-Mart: a three-and-a-half-foot orange-and-white snake. According to a video from WTAE, Bonnie Raygor of North Huntingdon, Pa., bought a bag of potatoes from Wal-Mart about a week ago. The bag remained closed until she got out some of the spuds to cook on Thursday. That’s when she found the snake. “First I saw its underbelly, which is white. I thought I had a bad potato. Instead I had a snake," Raygor told WTAE. "The bag was sealed. ... So I'm assuming it was in there...
  • Stuff Dutch People Like: #19--Mashing Their Food--Stamppot

    11/17/2012 7:18:11 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 54 replies
    Stuff Dutch People Like ^ | January 2012 | Anon
    "Mommy, what's that???" For anyone reading this, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Dutch food has yet to sweep the globe. Although pockets of the Dutch can be found scattering the world, delectable Dutch cuisine never seemed to have caught on. “Fancy I pick up some Dutch food on the way home from work?” or “Wow, you have got to try this new Dutch restaurant in SoHo!” are phrases you will never hear uttered. Isn’t it odd that a nation of traveling, colonizing, patriotic, emigrating folk never managed to sow their own culinary seeds? C’mon, who are we...
  • Potatoes: A Complete Planting Guide

    01/18/2012 10:52:44 AM PST · by orsonwb · 61 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 18, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    A complete planting guide for potatoes including state specific varieties, planting dates, days to harvest, nutrition facts, fertilizing, watering, insect and disease information.