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Jul. 12, 2012 at 10:34am National French Fry Day

Did you know that July 13th is National French Fry Day?  Many restaurants even give out free fries to celebrate. But the potato is more than just fries.

Believe it or not, the average American eats about 29 pounds of french fries every year.  How do you compare?  Do you like your fries traditional, made with russet potatoes, oil and salt?  Or do you like them made with sweet potatoes?  Do you dip them in ketchup or vinegar?  Ranch or barbecue sauce- or maybe gravy?  Have you ever tried dipping a hot, salty, crispy, french fry into a cold, sweet, creamy ice cream cone?  Mmmmmm- what a combination!

The library has resources for you, too!  Check out The Amazing Potato Book by Paulette Bourgeois, One Potato, Two Potato: 300 Recipes... by Roy Finamore, or The Amazing Potato by Milton Meltzer. Read  Spuds by Karen Hesse,  or Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie De Paola.   Watch Good Eats with Alton Brown.

And potatoes are more than just french fries, baked or mashed.  You can make things with potatoes, too. To create potato stamps, cut a potato in half (little crafters need adult help for that part).  Draw a design on the cut side, or use a favorite cookie cutter.  Then cut around the shape (younger crafters can use a table knife) dip in  tempera paint and stamp away.

You can also make beads from potatoes.  Just peel a potato, cut into whatever shapes and sizes you like, stick the beads on a wooden skewer- leave a little space between each one- and let dry for a week or so.  Once the beads are dry, paint them however you want, and string them to make a bracelet or necklace.

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.  Five potato, six potato, seven potato, MORE!

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