were grown in South America along with peanuts, cocoa, lima
beans and pineapples. They were introduced by seafarers into
Ireland in the 1580s. Then, they arrived in America in the
eighteenth century. In 1845, the devastating potato blight—a
disease which made the plant wilt and rot—caused starving
Irish to immigrate to America.
4 russet potatoes
Wrap potatoes in foil or coat in oil. Prick with fork in
places. Bake in a preheated 425°
oven for 1 hour or
unwrapped potatoes in microwave on potato setting.
2. When cooked, cut
a cross in top of potatoes, press sides in.
3. Season with salt
and pepper. Top with butter, sour cream,
bacon bits and chives.
For a change, bake 4 sweet potatoes/yams for 1 hour
at 350°. Top with butter and pure maple syrup.