Scrub with a vegetable brush under cold water. Remove eyes or sprouts. When working with lots of potatoes, peel and place in cold water to prevent discoloration. Before baking a whole potato, pierce with a fork.
This recipe is from a cookbook my mother gave me in 1944, when I was 14. Inside the front cover, she wrote, "When and if Jean ever gets married." Well, this recipe, along with many others from the same book, has pleased my family for 55 years.
-Jean Wright, Clarkston, Washington
I jazz up my fries with paprika and garlic powder. Something about the combination of spices packs a heck of a punch. Everyone loves them—we even enjoy the leftovers cold! —Heather Byers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Flavored with garlic salt and chives, these potatoes are rich, creamy and oh, so yummy. A sprinkling of paprika gives this dish a festive look. We prefer these to plain mash potatoes.—Cyneli Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa