Food Bloggers Los Angeles Do Potatoes!

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 7, 2012

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

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

Behold these beauties, below. Dinner is served!

Steak and Potato TaquitosWe had Steak and Potato Taquitos made by Valentina of Cooking on the Weekends.

Kale soup from In Erikas KitchenErika of In Erika’s Kitchen made a gorgeous Creamy Kale Potato Soup.

Tortilla EspanaPatricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash made a Tortilla Espana.

Thai potato salad from Average BettySara, aka Average Betty, made a Spicy Thai Potato Salad.

Salad from Adventures with Nancy RoseAnother pretty salad, this one with Roasted Gemstone Potatoes, Steamed Beets and Fresh Fava Beans in a Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette, from Nancy at Adventures with Nancy Rose.

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

Back to the potato purveyors!

Rashmi of Yumkid made Cumin Potatoes.

Shepherd's PieSusan of The Home Artist made a Shepherd’s Pie

KreplachDana of Foodie Goes Healthy made Potato and Brisket Kreplach.

Potatoes and squidLynne of Cook and Be Merry made a Potato Squid dish.

Potato chicken boudinNicole of Presley’s Pantry made a Potato Chicken Budin.

Susan of The Urban Baker 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

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

Potatoes and Pinot

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

Wait, don’t forget dessert!

Potato Peanut Butter PinwheelsI made Potato Peanut Butter Pinwheel Candy.

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

Chocolate Potato CakeAnd Jennifer Richmond of Kitchy Cooking 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…

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassy Muronaka April 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

It all looks amazing, but I think I’m going to zero in on those baked “taquitos.” They look amazing.


Dorothy April 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

All of it was really, really good. Hard to stop eatin’ the spuds.


susan March 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

What a great recap, Dorothy! And so quick…very impressed! It was a great evening and I loved being a part of it!


Patricia, Fresh Food in a Flash March 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Dorothy for documenting our evening. Looking forward to our next soiree together! Want more of those Potato Pinwheels. Let’s see, I think I have everything in my pantry!


Lana March 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Everything looks so delicious! I am so bummed I could not go:( But I am looking forward to exploring the recipes and reading all the posts about this wonderful meeting I missed:)


Geez Louise! March 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

lovely, sorry i missed the fun…


Lynne @ CookandBeMerry March 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Wow, Dorothy, great photos! Good job on the story, too!


Dana at FoodieGoesHealthy March 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thank you for the fun write-up and the beautiful photos.


Andrew March 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Looks like you all had a fabulous time, and the food looks great! So sorry I missed it.


Lentil Breakdown March 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for the great recap. I am now potatoed out!


Dorothy March 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Lentil Breakdown,


averagebetty March 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Such a fun evening 🙂 I can’t wait to make your PB Pinwheels, Dorothy. I also really loved the Tortilla Espana– so savory! All hail Patti, Erika Idaho Potatoes and FBLA!


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