Once upon a time… in Brooklyn Park, there were potato farms—everywhere. In 1914, this area was the largest potato shipping point in the United States. The big red barn you see on 85th Avenue (the Tessman’s) was one of the farms that made Brooklyn Park famous as the largest supplier of potatoes in North America in the 1950’s and 60’s. How appropriate that Brooklyn Park now is home to so many cultures that also use potatoes in their cooking. Potatoes can be used for everything… breakfast, lunch, appetizers, soups, dinner, desserts, even beverages! What a perfect ingredient to focus on for a cookbook, especially a cookbook about a heritage like Brooklyn Park’s… filled with both cultural diversity — and potatoes!
Let’s get creative
So, how do you use potatoes? This cookbook will have some basic information about different types of potatoes and how to use them (some are more moist and better for salads, others are dry and better for baking or frying) plus there will be some tried and true tips for best preparation methods like how to make the best mashed potatoes, and more! The recipes, however, will hopefully demonstrate how diverse (like Brooklyn Park!) the potato is.
Do you have a recipe made with potatoes? Do you know someone who has a great recipe made with potatoes?… it can be any kind of potato including sweet potatoes! Please consider submitting your recipe, and encourage others as well! For more information and to submit a recipe, go here.