Each year on July 13, many people will participate in National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.
French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes, are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!
A wide selection of condiments such as ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese and many more compliment French fries. Sweet potatoes make an alternate, healthier offering of fries found on menus around the country. Other varieties are baked and come in unusual shapes such as curls, waffles, crinkle or tornado cut.
The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren. (HT — National French Fry Day)
It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries. It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.
In England, we call them chips and in Belgium, they are called pomme frites. It is erroneously thought that “French” fries started with the Belgian Army who spoke French in the 1800’s. However, Thomas Jefferson was known to have enjoyed and served potatoes “deep fried in the French manner” in the late 1700’s.
Some people like to dip them in ketchup, while mayonnaise is a favorite in many parts of Europe. Like myself, we British like the taste of malt vinegar and salt spread in generous portions on a most unhealthy portion of chips/fries. However, it is a fact that large steak fries (British chips) actually are healthier for you as they have a lower saturated oil content. Sorry McDonalds!
No matter how they came about (not from France, but actually from Columbia via the Spanish military), people enjoy eating them in different ways and with different condiments. This is just one small way that we are each unique. (More interesting facts can be found at this link.)
Real estate is no different. Every family should be able to love their home and to enjoy it in the way they deem appropriate. One family may like a fishpond, while the next owners may get rid of it and opt for a full gazebo. While one owner wants all the grass they can mow every week of the growing season, the next owner may prefer rocks and xeriscaping (minimal maintenance yard with minimal need for irrigation).
This post is simply to encourage you to make your home truely yours. Nobody can tell you how to eat or like your potatoes any more than they can tell you what to like or not like about your new home. So feel free to break from tradition and be unique. Here is a unique idea. I recently saw a home and garden that was Japanese style complete with dozens of bonsai trees.
Whatever you choose or like, I look forward to working with you in helping you sell your home or buy a new one. We will assist you in finding the best kitchen that will allow you to slice/dice/chop/sauté/fry/deep-fry/panfry/grill or even bake your new potatoes all you want.
Have a Golden Fry-Day,
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