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What’s in a name? You say potayto, I say potahto

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NFL summer camps are underway and as usual the 2014 season poses many questions. Can the Hawks repeat? Is it Peyton’s turn again, and what’s up with all this hoopla about dropping the Washington Redskins name and logo?

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Being politically correct and race sensitive, I cannot for the life of me imagine how the moniker “Redskins” could be offensive.

I’ve eaten potatoes ever since I can remember and I love ‘em. Mashed, scalloped, tater salad, sweet potatoes, French fries, you name it. But my favorite by far has got to be redskin potatoes.

Available late summer to early fall these pink-purplish beauties are on my dinner table just about every night. The early crops are what we know as new potatoes which have a slightly sweeter taste and thinner skin. And they’re chock full of vitamins and minerals! What more could you ask for?

So as I see it, the chances for an alternative name the DC football club seem to be dwindling. Call them the DC Spuds is being disrespectful to people in Idaho. The Washington Taters? Rednecks down South will have a fit.

The Beltline Mr. Potato Heads is begging for a lawsuit from Hasbro Toys. The Yukon Gold’s? And risk war with Canada? Not bloody likely.

With over a thousand varieties of potatoes being cultivated around the globe, the possibilities are endless, the Pink Eyes, the Irish Cobblers, the Jersey Royals, even the Capitol Domed Austrian Crescents? This is getting out of hand.

Redskin potatoes are still going to be at my dinner table. Try this easy and simple recipe out that won’t interrupt any of the exciting preseason action.

Roasted Redskin Potatoes

¼ Cup X-tra Virgin Olive Oil

2-3 Cloves Garlic, Smashed

2 Tbs. Dried or Fresh Thyme

½ Pkg. Onion Soup Mix

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

13-15 Red skinned Potatoes, Halved or Quartered

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place taters in an oven-proof casserole sprayed with Pam. (Note; If Pam is not available, use her sister.)

Place all ingredients in casserole, sprinkling the soup mix around and drizzling with olive oil. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.

Let’s end this debate about who is disrespectful to who and let’s play some football everybody.

As usual check out the slideshow for some more important tidbits about this issue.

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