Friday, July 13, 2012

National French Fries Day


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By Terry Orr

Sweet, curly, spicy or slathered with chili and cheese, French fries are always a hit. That’s why we’re glad today is National French Fries Day!

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The first French fries are said to date back to the 17th century in Belgium. The inhabitants of the region, which was then known as the Spanish Netherlands, often accompanied their meals with small fried fish.  When weather conditions were too dangerous to fish, they “julienned” potatoes to resemble the fish. This meant that they cut strips of potato into long, thin slices. They then fried these potatoes, which served as excellent substitutes!

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Getting good French Fries these days can be a challenge and many competitors of the golden arches have yet to learn ‘crispy’ without soggy, greasy fries.

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