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Variety is the spice of life. I know people who go their entire lives voluntarily structured by their own routines because while it’s true there is comfort in that, there is also a sense of bliss and serenity about being on auto pilot when things around you seem to go haywire. For others, the idea of such routine makes life lackluster, boring, unexciting even. These folks willingly choose to fly by the seat of their pants, feeling the adrenaline of the moment, reacting and embracing whatever gets thrown their way. And then there are those, a little like me, who find themselves identifying with both sides of the coin, from time to time, and allowing a certain amount of patience and ease to take over when necessary. The point I’m trying to make is that every once in a while, it’s really okay to let your hair down, take a deep breath and not over think things.
My friends at the Washington State Potato Commission are taking such liberties this month with their campaign to do some good in the community and have a little fun while they’re at it. You see this month, they’d like to get people out to vote on changing the name of WA State’s annual college football game, better known as the Apple Cup, to the Potato Cup. And why not? We here in Washington State have the incredible fortune of access to some of the tastiest crops around the world, so why not spread the love and give all of our agricultural darlings a moment to shine? I mean how cool would it be to have the Potato Cup one year, the Cranberry Cup the next year, heck, why not the Cherry Cup? In return, for those who give a shout out to WA potatoes and the WSU Cougars via this petition, 1 pound of potatoes will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank in Eastern Washington. With your help, 5,000 pounds of potatoes could help stock the local food pantry shelves this year. Now if that doesn’t make you smile during this upcoming season of giving, I don’t know what will.
In honor of good spirit and humor, and highlighting the versatility of potatoes, this next recipe for Miso Caramel Potatoes is a bit of a departure from the classics, but quite possibly your new favorite side dish to bring to the holiday dinner table. A little sweet, a little salty, and with all the same creamy potato flavor you’ve come to know and love, you owe it to yourselves to live a little and give this recipe a try. Because life’s just not as colorful without a break from tradition every now and again.