Ah, the potato. That globe of goodness. That versatile tuber that readily lends itself to so many culinary interpretations. From baked or mashed with butter and cream, to simmered in soups; from gratin to chips, hash browns and home fries to candy -- the potato rules as the culinary starch of choice -- at least in the western cultures (with the exception of the Southern Italians, who are very partial to their pasta - for good reason).
Winter potato dishes offer warmth and comfort, buttery goodness and holiday cheer. The potato weaves it's way through our celebrations and holidays, picnics and potlucks, in so many creative and leftover ways! Summer offers us tuberous delights the likes of potato salads like nicoise, french vinaigrette, and good old American with mustard or, for we purists, mayo only.