A Gentleman and a Rogue

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy National Pototo Chip Day! #potatochips



Okay, so yesterday was National Potato Chip day and who doesn't love a good mouth watering, salty, thin, (or kettle style) crunchy, fried (or baked) chip?

Everyone has a favorite brand and favorite flavors. I'm a sucker for a good ol' fashioned Wise Potato chip (but I think they're regional because I can't find them in California). There are thousands of brands. Currently in my pantry I have a bag of 7-11 BBQ chips and Lays Original in the yellow bag.

According to tradition, the potato chip was created in 1853. George Crum was a chef at the Moon Lake House Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY. A fussy customer didn't care for Crum's thick, soggy, and unsalted French Fries and sent the order back. Insulted, Crum sliced the fries thin, fried 'em to a crisp and salted them to the hilt. He sent the order back to the fussy customer (rumored to be Cornelius Vanderbilt, but there's no proof) and Mr. Fussy LOVED them.

The potato chip was born.

Then there's a story that Crum's sister, Katie Speaks Wicks invented the chip in a culinary mishap. A 1917 obituary of Wicks credits her for creating the tasty treat.

Chips are great as snacks, appetizers, and a side dish. The first potato chip companies include Tri-Sum, (1908), Mike Sell's (1910) and Wise (1921) in 1926 Laura Scudder in California created a wax bag that helped preserve the chips they went mass market. Before then, chips were sold out of bins in stores.

Lays Potato Chips came along in 1932. George Lay was a traveling salesman whose hustle and determination made the company into a national success.

Question for you: What's your favorite brand? Your favorite flavor?


Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 Dispatcher for LAPD.  She loves coffee, adores chocolate, and her favorite potato chip is Wise original. Her 99 cents story, A Polish Heart, is a spring/Easter inspirational contemporary sweet romance.

A POLISH HEART:
Blurb: Will Sofia's faith give Darrin his heart back? 

Opening Line: This was going to be the most challenging thing he'd ever done in his life. 

Enjoy this Excerpt:

Her teeth nipped at her lower lip as she ran her eyes over this beautifully proportioned man, her body warming at the sight of him. He looked tough and lean and his handsome face kindled with a sort of classical beauty she hadn't seen on a man before. His leonine stride radiated self-confidence. His hair was sandy blond in a short, neat cut and his cobalt blue eyes pierced her professional armor.
He stopped in front of her and held out his flowers. "Dzien dobry."
A wide grin crossed her lips and she dropped the sign she was holding. "Hello, Mr. Riverton."
A look of relief passed over his face. "You know, I practiced that phrase all morning on the plane."
"I admire the effort. Are the flowers for me?"
"Yes." His smile was full of pride.
Sofia took the flowers and held them up to her nose. "Freshly picked. Thank you."
"You're welcome."
He paused and it grew awkwardly silent between them. Sofia realized for the first time in meeting a client, she had forgotten her professionalism.
"Forgive my manners. My name is Sofia Buraczynski and I'll be your interpreter while you are here." She put the sign in her left hand and held out her right hand for a handshake.

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5 comments:

  1. Potato chips are my weakness. Favorite brand? Plain kettle chips of any variety. :) Great post Stephanie!

    Brenda

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    1. Thanks for popping in. Kettle chips are tasty, aren't they?

      Smiles
      Steph

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  2. Okay. Thanks. Now I want potato chips for breakfast!

    Great post, and way to make my mouth water.

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    1. LOL!! I've never tried it Maggie, but it might be tasty.
      Smiles
      Steph

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  3. Poore Brothers Salt and Vinegar Chips. :-)

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