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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Most Romantic Potato

By Robin Weaver

Got your attention, didn’t I?

But fear not, this isn’t a hoax. I’m going to convince you potatoes can be—no scratch that, potatoes are romantic.  Here’s why:

  • Potatoes are usually pollinated by bumblebees. Everyone knows, pollination + bees = honey, right?
  • I never met a French fry I didn’t love.
  • Many potatoes have romantic names—Desiree, Red Bliss, Rose Gold, and Purple Viking.
  • There are “sweet” potatoes. So what if sweet potatoes belong to the same family as the morning glory whereas the white potato is a veggie like tomatoes and chile peppers. Both are still called a “potato.”
  • Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head have been married since 1953—that’s 64 years of romance!
  • Picture this: a cold night, a flickering blaze in the fireplace, a good movie, and you…snuggled on the couch with a blanket and a bowl of yummy potato soup. Loaded with cheese.  If you aren’t loving this scenario already, add Ryan Gosling beneath that blanket.
  • The world consumes billions (yes, billions) of potato chips each year. That’s a lot of love.
  • Potatoes pair well with any protein, for example: steak and potatoes. Truly a match made in Heaven—or at least in a restaurant. The potato also pairs well with wine. Of course, anything goes with wine. 
  • Don’t you have really fond memories of making potato stamps? Of course, if you’re under forty, you’re probably saying, “what’s a potato stamp?”  Trust me, making them is a nostalgic bit of romance.
  • Even vegetarians love potatoes. Spuds are also gluten-free.
  • You know it’s true love when someone is willing to share his/her French fries. Yes, I know I’ve already mentioned the French fry, but like I said, I never met one I…  Did you know Thomas Jefferson introduced French fries to America? He served them in the White House.
  • Potato blossoms were once a must-have for Royals. Marie Antoinette paraded through the French countryside wearing potato blossoms in her hair. Of course, she also lost her head—literally.
Okay, maybe trying to portray an ugly brown vegetable as romantic is a bit of a reach, no matter how tasty said veggie is. Just like I was reaching when I decided on a topic for this month’s theme: “My Most Romantic (Fill in the Blank). My point is (yes, Virginia, there really is a point), anything can be romantic with the right attitude. So make it a point to love life—then everything will be romantic.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Linda Lovely said...

Robin, you do the most amazing things with our topics!I love your blog. Yes, everything can be romantic with the right attitude. Thanks for reminding us that love is "mostly" in our heads and hearts

Sarah Raplee said...

Great title! I do love potatoes and romance! After the doctor put me on a gluten-free diet, Potatoes became one of my go-to comfort foods (move over, Bread!)

Your creativity shines through in this fun post, Robin!

Sandy said...

Very fun post. And yes, I remember making potato stamps.

Diana McCollum said...

I remember making potato stamps! Great post! Funny and reminded me not to take everything so seriously.

Ann Chaney said...

I love this post! Yes, lving is an attitude but only you can take of a potato and make me laugh.

M Connel said...

Absolutely loved it!

Vonda Lee said...

Love it.....all kids should know what a "potato stamp" is; it was on an episode of Peppa Pig, hehehe! Great read again Robin!

Robin Weaver, Author said...

Thanks all, for your kind comments. Had fun with this one. As they say, a potato a day... lol

Barbara Strickland said...

You are an utter nutter and I love that you are because you made me laugh and today has not been a good day and I needed it.
It was clever and unexpected. Marked your book as to read but it better have french fries.

KATHI h said...

Yum, you convinced me!

Judith Ashley said...

Robin, I'm late to the Potato Party! What a fun post. I'm like Sarah in that I'm no longer eating flour foods. So, potatoes are a treat! Hash browns with an omelet for breakfast is a sure-fired favorite if the hash browns are Crispy!