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Food Bloggers Los Angeles Do Potatoes!

“Potatoes and Pinot” was the theme for the March meeting of Food Bloggers Los Angeles [1], a merry band of L.A.-based foodies who seem to have never met a potato we didn’t like.

[2]Our theme was in honor of our guest speaker, Don Odiorne, VP for food service for the Idaho Potato Commission. Don’s mission is to keep Idaho potatoes top-of-mind for consumers, restaurants, home cooks, bloggers and anyone else with a pulse. If a dish employs potatoes, he wants to make sure you know you ought to be asking for Idaho potatoes. His work frequently takes him around the country to restaurants, where he scans the menu for interesting spud dishes, and to trade and industry meetings where he hopes potatoes take their star turn on the plate.

Delicious job, eh?

So we were not about to let his visit pass without letting our potato flags fly!

FBLA March meeting Potatoes and Pinot [3]

Behold these beauties, below. Dinner is served!

Steak and Potato Taquitos [4]We had Steak and Potato Taquitos [5] made by Valentina of Cooking on the Weekends [6].

Kale soup from In Erikas Kitchen [7]Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen [8] made a gorgeous Creamy Kale Potato Soup [9].

Tortilla Espana [10]Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash [11] made a Tortilla Espana [12].

Thai potato salad from Average Betty [13]Sara, aka Average Betty [14], made a Spicy Thai Potato Salad [15].

Salad from Adventures with Nancy Rose [16]Another pretty salad, this one with Roasted Gemstone Potatoes, Steamed Beets and Fresh Fava Beans in a Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette [17], from Nancy at Adventures with Nancy Rose [18].

[19]Renowned food stylist Denise Vivaldo [20] from Food Fanatics Unwashed  [21] made Potato, Blue Cheese and Filet Mignon Toasts topped with Candied Walnut [22]. (Blame Don for the piece missing from the plate before we got to take a photo!)

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Back to the potato purveyors!

[24]Rashmi of Yumkid [25] made Cumin Potatoes [26].

Shepherd's Pie [27]Susan of The Home Artist [28] made a Shepherd’s Pie

Kreplach [29]Dana of Foodie Goes Healthy [30] made Potato and Brisket Kreplach [31].

Potatoes and squid [32]Lynne of Cook and Be Merry [33] made a Potato Squid dish.

Potato chicken boudin [34]Nicole of Presley’s Pantry [35] made a Potato Chicken Budin [36].

[37]Susan of The Urban Baker [38] made a Layered Vegetable Tian with Potatoes, Zucchini, Tomato, Leeks and Gruyere.

We are not shy about digging in, or a blogger’s other favorite activity — taking photos of food!

Potatoes and Pinto [39]

Check out Rashmi’s face as she tastes my Potato Peanut Butter Pinwheel candy!

Potatoes and Pinot [40]

FBLA co-founders Erika Kerekes, in black and white, and Patti Londre, in the apron.

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Wait, don’t forget dessert!

Potato Peanut Butter Pinwheels [42]I made Potato Peanut Butter Pinwheel Candy [43].

Tangerine Cake [44]Patti of Worth the Whisk [45] made an arty Tangerine Upside Down Cake (as hostess, she took the liberty of making the only non-potato dish!).

Chocolate Potato Cake [46]And Jennifer Richmond of Kitchy Cooking [47] made a delicious Chocolate Potato Cake with Raspberry Frosting.

Would you like to see the recipes so you can make some Idaho potato goodness at your house? We thought so…