Extremely optional potato whimsy June 23, 2022 12:19 PM   Subscribe

Without any particular planning, some folks (myself included) have had a good time making and commenting on front page posts about potatoes in the last few days. There's no particular reason, no official theme week or anything like that; I saw several people commenting "what's going on?" or "is this a theme week?" so this is your reassurance that you didn't miss an announcement or something. It's just snowballed organically. If you're enjoying it, have fun! If you don't love the fad, please do feel free to post other stuff as usual. Probably the potato harvest season will end in a few days or weeks.
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter-Related at 12:19 PM (133 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite

Aha! I was wondering.
posted by doctornemo at 12:29 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


Don't you mean it potato roll-ed organically?
posted by tiny frying pan at 12:35 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


Organic potatoes!!!

(I am enjoying the potato posts ALMOST as much as I enjoy actual potatoes. Thanks to everyone who's been making it happen!)
posted by kristi at 12:36 PM on June 23 [6 favorites]


And I had *just* submitted a MetaTalk post asking what was up with all the potato posts! Well done, weirdos.
posted by BlahLaLa at 12:36 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


There's no particular reason, no official theme week or anything like that

yesssssss. keep on believing that.

there is no cabal.....of potatoheads that control the world
posted by lalochezia at 12:40 PM on June 23 [10 favorites]


I'm enjoying these post-tatos, except for the part where they are making me crave French Fries (my fav tater manifestation)
posted by supermedusa at 12:42 PM on June 23 [3 favorites]


One of my favorite memes floating around lately is "A serving of potato chips is 10 chips. I eat 10 chips while holding the bag trying to decide if I want chips."
posted by Melismata at 12:45 PM on June 23 [29 favorites]


Pretty sure this kind of thing was what MetaChat was designed for.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:48 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


I never look at MetaChat because it asks for MeFi password and I'm always logged in so 🤷
posted by tiny frying pan at 12:51 PM on June 23


There's no particular reason, no official theme week or anything like that

That exactly what I'd expect to hear just before learning that MetaFilter has been sold to Elon Musk.
posted by The Tensor at 12:51 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


All these potato posts and nary a potato salad recipe?
posted by JohnnyGunn at 12:51 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


MetaChat hasn't been active for years. A few people try to keep it going, but Metatalk has become more chatty in recent years (the weekly questions; the existence of Chat), so there are not as many people over there. I miss it.
posted by Melismata at 12:52 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


I hate potatoes.

Thanks for ruining MetaFilter for me.
posted by charred husk at 1:08 PM on June 23 [18 favorites]


My prediction: In a week or two we'll find out that the metafilter.com domain has expired and the closest available domain was tatofilter.com.
posted by piyushnz at 1:11 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


All these potato posts and nary a potato salad recipe?

Be the change you want to see in the world...
posted by piyushnz at 1:12 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


All these potato posts and nary a potato salad recipe?

My family business supplied potato salad throughout SW Ohio when I was growing up. I was elbow deep in potato salad mixing it in massive bowls when I was 14.

I hate potato salad more than potatoes.

Thanks for ruining this MetaTalk for me.
posted by charred husk at 1:15 PM on June 23 [17 favorites]


Spontaneous Potato Uplink Day
posted by OHenryPacey at 1:17 PM on June 23 [3 favorites]



I hate potatoes.
posted by charred husk



eponyburnedtatercal
posted by lalochezia at 1:19 PM on June 23 [10 favorites]


This is all a secret beer company plan leading to the return of Spuds MacKenzie.
posted by bixfrankonis at 1:22 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


If I were that sort of member, I'd post about potatoes on 6/23/23. Unlikely. I fully enjoyed seeing the posts, was too busy with to make potato posts. Remember Dan Quayle! would have been a good one.

Thank you, TaterFolk; it was fun.
posted by theora55 at 1:25 PM on June 23 [3 favorites]


This isn't the first time there have been spontaneous MeFi theme days, and it makes me happy to see :)
posted by rivenwanderer at 1:26 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


That exactly what I'd expect to hear just before learning that MetaFilter has been sold to Elon Musk.

Shhh, don't worry.

I was wondering myself! And just the other night I decided I HAD to do something with the bag of potatoes I had, so I got out my mandoline and big boiling kettle, filled my kitchen with a bunch of starchy splashes and changed one of my usual dinner staples, Burrito Bowl (supermarket burritos with cumined-up brown rice, sour cream, salsa and cheese) to Potato Plate which is basically the same thing, subbing in potatoes for the rice and skipping the burrito. I must have gotten the idea through osmiosis.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:26 PM on June 23 [9 favorites]




Finally I know what hardcore taters means
posted by aws17576 at 1:30 PM on June 23 [20 favorites]


As of 4:23 EST today, there were 26 front page posts - it's acted as sort of prompt for people to come up with posts via what seems to be a fun, goofy, and lighthearted contagion.

Not all are potato-related, but...it is mostly potatoes today.

I just picked up some fresh dill and have put on a pot to boil some potatoes for potato salad.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:30 PM on June 23 [3 favorites]


I just think they’re neat.
posted by General Malaise at 1:36 PM on June 23 [13 favorites]




rise of the tater
posted by NoThisIsPatrick at 1:41 PM on June 23


Beans, I would have understood, but potatoes? I'm more of an Ask person (both AskMe and Ask vs. Guess), but I kept dipping into the blue throughout the day, finally realizing that there was a potato trend. Not wanting to overthink a plate of potatoes, I came to the grey, prepared to have to ask. Thank you so much for explaining as (even after all these years), I'm scared of posting on MetaTalk for fear of snark.

And now I am really craving fries.
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 1:49 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


THIS SHOULD NEVER END!!! POTATOFILTER FOREVER!!!

Actually, this would be a great opportunity for a new subsite: potato.metafilter.com. Post all your potato links to the Brown! Cortex would never have let us have this. Please Jessamyn, please PLEASE???!!!
posted by rikschell at 1:57 PM on June 23 [7 favorites]


needs moar potato scone content
needs no rotten potato content (ack blee barf)
posted by scruss at 2:04 PM on June 23


metafilter? no, potatofilter.
posted by Carillon at 2:05 PM on June 23


I have posted
some potatoes
that are on
the blue

and which
you probably
thought
made sense

Forgive me
it was infectious
so weird
to behold
posted by eotvos at 2:09 PM on June 23 [15 favorites]


The interesting thing is that it's not secret potato week—it's overt potato week.
You'll never guess what the actual secret is.
posted by signal at 2:12 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


I'm just worried MetaFilter will suffer the wrath of Big Starch
posted by chavenet at 2:13 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


I didn't actually notice anything unusual until this latest Harley Davidson post, and only then because it was 2 posts in a row titled potato potato etc, and figured I should mosey on over to metatalk.

I have been a longtime apologist of the noble potato ever since they kept me alive when I was unrelievedly broke, so I'm pleased it's getting some time in the sun. So to speak. (But don't, they turn green.)
posted by phunniemee at 2:15 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


I am mostly indifferent about potatoes, aside from really good French fries.

Rice. Now there's a goddamn starch.
posted by bondcliff at 2:17 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


[Meanwhile, I'd just like to hang my head in shame and point out that after flexing in the "Editing Posts & Stuff" thread, now closed, I immediately went on to post TWO FPPs that required mod intervention over idiotic (on my part!) HTML mistakes. It's like the curse of MetaTalk or something.]
posted by chavenet at 2:18 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


After a really rough 24 hours at the end of a rough week that isn't nearly over yet. . . this potato enthusiasm is absolutely delightful. Cheers to all the brilliant weirdos who just go for it. (Well, when doing so doesn't hurt anybody, I guess. Perhaps we all hurt potatoes. For some definitions of "hurt." And some definitions of "potato.")

I've always been a rice and banana stan, but I do respect potatoes.
posted by eotvos at 2:18 PM on June 23 [3 favorites]


Potato potato.
Potato potatoes potato, potato potato.

Potatoes?

Potato
Potatoes
Potato
Po ta to
🥔

posted by inflatablekiwi at 2:23 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


It's very weird to have actually had the opportunity to think to myself, out of genuine ignorance: "I wonder if there's a MetaTalk about the potato thing". And delightful to find out that the answer is yes.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:24 PM on June 23 [22 favorites]


anyway, I'm a potatoooooo
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:25 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Official Proposal: rotating vegetable/fruit theme weeks throughout the year. New one each week.
posted by medusa at 2:28 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


As well as MetaFuel this week, potatoes are an important food crop worldwide. In the 00s an international consortium decided that the potato genome must be sequenced to facilitate the development of more abundant, disease-resistant, yummy tubers. Some of the players were really on the ball and started to generate data early [looking at you Netherlands]. But, after they invested some person-years in the project, there was a new tech breakthrough which enabled the laggards to catch up and overtake the early-risers. The two different methods were largely incompatible and the project was starting to founder in a storm of miscommunication, sunk-cost fallacy etc. One of the consortium members called plenary session in his home town and over a couple of days of face-time, and quite a bit of Guinness, the impasse was dissolved and the project went forward under The Carlow Accord. I love the idea that this bit of agrirealpolitik should have been achieved in the middle of Ireland where, like, potatoes are sometimes on the menu. The results of this genome project were published in 2011.
posted by BobTheScientist at 2:29 PM on June 23 [9 favorites]


Official Proposal: rotating vegetable/fruit theme weeks throughout the year. New one each week.

You can’t beet that idea. Lettuce try it. I think it will be grape!
posted by inflatablekiwi at 2:31 PM on June 23 [7 favorites]

Official Proposal: rotating vegetable/fruit theme weeks throughout the year. New one each week.
One again, it's been a lonely kohlrabi week. Looking forward to rainier cherry week. (Oh shit, that's now, more or less! I need to go to the store.)
posted by eotvos at 2:35 PM on June 23


P̶̢̢̛̛̗̮̘͕̘̝̰̤͚̩͓̠̹͖̥̝̱̤͓͔̲̱̞̣̗̹̰̗̖̘̠̥̻͚̯̞̹̲̽͊́̔̀̏̓͆̓͑̂́̅̀̂̀̄̆̆̑͊̅͋̉̓̃̓̎͋̀̅́̐̊͊̕̕̕̕͜͜͝͠͠͠ͅͅO̷̢̡̡̡̨͖̦̭̻͇̠̼͕̲̻̯̩͕͇̹͇̦̫̝͎̲͔̗̘͐̏̅͂̍͐̈͜͝ͅT̸̨̧̻͓̰̮̻̮͔̘̤̖̣̜̳̫̝̻̣̹̣͍͕̲̮͈̩͇̋͋͊̿͗̽̌̓͗́̅̔̉͗͊̌̈͌̉͛̑͆͗͋̈́̽̽̀͋̆̈́̒̐̂̐̄͘͘͜͜͝͠͠͝͝͝ͅA̵̧̧̨̞͖̩̟̟͉̱̯͕̪͉̮̫̖͙͗̂̌͊́̑̈́́̈́̊̏̿̆͌̏̐̾̈͌̾̾̿̐̍̽͘̕̚̚͜͝T̵̢̡̳̩͇̪̞͙̬̝͇͈̙̲͍̗̖̩̰̭̪͇͕̜̝͕̯̮̞́̑̌̀͒̔̾͂̉̓̀̎̄̇̀̌̈́̈́̅̉̃̈́̒̅̓̈̿̊̌̅́̚̕͜O̷̧̡̡̠̙̪̞̣͕̮̣̲̣͇̳̪̫͓̝̰͓͓͉͈͕̻̪̦̫͔̮̗͓̤̠͖͙͕̞̭̝̩̜̒͑̍͒̈̅͗̍̋̔̇͆͋̃̑͆̽̋͆͐͋̀̇̀͆̈́̓͌̔̍̂̇̇̀͊̚̚͝͝ͅ
posted by lalochezia at 2:36 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


Official Proposal: rotating vegetable/fruit theme weeks throughout the year. New one each week.

Who knows what this will...

...produce.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:40 PM on June 23 [26 favorites]


Thank you for posting this, I've been confused by what's the deal with potato
posted by potrzebie at 2:47 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


I've been confused by what's the deal with potato

If you’re up my way the deal is Russets half off at Fresh Market. Bring your shoppers card!
posted by inflatablekiwi at 2:58 PM on June 23


I didn't actually notice anything unusual until this latest Harley Davidson post, and only then because it was 2 posts in a row titled potato potato etc

I think you'll find I was doing onomatopoeia and it just happened to coincide with the potato celebration. Totally unrelated I'm sure.
posted by Carillon at 3:02 PM on June 23


To all who shall see these Presents,

Greetings!

By the power vested in me* by the Cabal** I, hereby pronounce the week of the northern summer solstice


Potato Week


Witness my hand this twenty-third day of June 2022,
ArgentCorvid

*none
** TINC
posted by ArgentCorvid at 3:02 PM on June 23 [7 favorites]


All these potato posts and nary a potato salad recipe?

Gave mine, just involves french fries, chili, cheese, onions, regret, guilt, craving. Still a potato salad.
posted by zengargoyle at 3:04 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


And yet, we haven't done this for beans, or plates. Perhaps we should, perhaps we will.
I will think on it some more.
posted by eclectist at 3:06 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Was wondering if something had started all of a spuddin'.
posted by eponym at 3:07 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


I can't think of any potato-centric media to post to FanFare, and I don't have any potato-centric projects or music to share via Projects or Music, but I could be up for a "let's eat potatoes together via videocall" IRL event next week.
posted by brainwane at 3:14 PM on June 23


My potato post today was when I discovered you can’t add emojis to your post tags - “One of your tags couldn't be added because it contained punctuation”.

Boo!!! Emojis for tags!! 🥔 🥔 🥔 🥔
posted by inflatablekiwi at 3:21 PM on June 23


Official Proposal: rotating vegetable/fruit theme weeks throughout the year. New one each week.

I have concerns about the lack of an official sushi week and wish to speak to the manager on duty about this.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:26 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Wrong thread. Emojis are bad because they would go down to searching a single character and accessibility wise would be almost impossible to search. Can't actually tell 🥔 🥔 🥔 🥔 apart, don't know how to even type them in, is order important? Request rejected.
posted by zengargoyle at 3:30 PM on June 23


Yeah….something smells fishy about that…
posted by inflatablekiwi at 3:31 PM on June 23


Oh, I so remember my first sushi night and probably technically not sushi but burping up unagi a few hours later, smacking my lips, Oh, I think I like unagi. The rest... meh. Rather have potatoes.
posted by zengargoyle at 3:36 PM on June 23


This series of wonderful posts led me to a new children's book, The Pet Potato, by Josh Lacey. I suspect he is a secret crouton-petter, thanks to this description: "Despite his parents' firm stance, Albert pleads [for a pet] unrelentingly until, one day, his father hands him a small wrapped package, which turns out to contain a potato. “You wanted a pet,” Dad tells Albert. “It's a pet potato.” Albert sets the potato aside, then notices that it looks sad. The next day, he gives the potato a ride on his train set, and soon the pair are inseparable."

The potato. Looks. Sad. But it also has "an arsenal of adorable potato-size hats"!
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:06 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


I step away from the Blue for a *few* days, and come back to potato after potato after potato. Furious scrolling changes nothing. What could be going on? Where is the first potato post telling me it's potato week (or day) (or year). There isn't one. What's going on?! Ok, go check MetaTalk. Phew, an answer. But not really. It just raises more questions.
posted by hydra77 at 4:08 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


Well, it could be worse. I recall when MeFi posted numerous stories about poop. Strange way to celebrate Black History Month, to my way of thinking.
posted by SPrintF at 4:18 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


Today we had gorgeous weather, so for lunch we picked up fish and chips by the beach and hung out at the side of the road by the water to eat. A seagull immediately sensed the fries in its territory and stalked its orbular body around the car, occasionally squawking at me. At the very end of our meal, I decided to bequeath it one half of my final French fry. It caught it in its beak like a dog with a frisbee, and after I started gathering up our trash it flew away. I hope that this means my potato offering was accepted, and one day when I need it most the seagulls will bless me. Maybe one day I’ll lose my keys and a seagull will drop them in front of me from the sky. Or maybe they will poop on my enemies. Either way, potatoes have value to people, birds, and unknowable spirits alike.
posted by Mizu at 4:23 PM on June 23 [8 favorites]


What's amusing to me is that this whole thing was started by the very cute and funny Let's Eat the Potato, Angelina!!! post, which is a (very understandable) mistranslation of "A comer la papa, Angelina!!!", i.e.: Let's Eat the Baby Food Angelina!!
posted by signal at 4:25 PM on June 23 [7 favorites]


Seagulls :"oh look it's Mizu the fry dispenser. Let's all go get dinner"
posted by lalochezia at 4:26 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


The friend I was having lunch with said that giving a fry to a seagull was bad karma and it was like kindly offering some blood to a demon.

He says potato, I say potato.
posted by Mizu at 4:28 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


J R Simplot would be proud.

First supplier to McD's of their frozen russet fries and responsible for the potato bust of 1976

This could probably be a post unto itself. Simplot is a complicated man. One of the original investors in Micron Technology. Lived to 99. Fell off his motor scooter at the age of 98. Inducted into two different Halls of Fame.

All because of the potato.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:58 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


I have 4 containers' worth of potato plants growing on the terrace right now. (2-layer containers like these, so they can be harvested without killing the plant)

They were planted in late March, so they will be just ready for their first harvest....

...Unfortunately, I also have tennis elbow and cannot unearth the deliciousness. Alas!!!!!
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:24 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


We could just like, use some randomizer thing and pick random things based on that theme. I call dibs on Cow Week.
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:37 PM on June 23


I had the somewhat baffling experience this afternoon of a restaurant serving me french fries with a quesadilla (...really?). In retrospect, it may have been the vibes from Metafilter going out into the universe and affecting the kitchen.
posted by thomas j wise at 5:39 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Reminder all: if you have a thermomix, you can have trouble-free pommes aligot at any time of your choosing, assuming you have an appropriate cheese.

...which is a reasonable assumption, I think, right?
posted by aramaic at 6:10 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Oh, I think I like unagi.

Eel week!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:26 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


Would be ok with my Crouton Garden becoming a Potato Garden
posted by inflatablekiwi at 7:04 PM on June 23


Sorry to be that guy but I hate this. Every time I visited today I was like “cool 3 new potato posts with 2 comments each.”

Guess I’m staying away for a few days until this hopefully dies a quick death.
posted by rhymedirective at 7:23 PM on June 23 [14 favorites]


I think MetaFilter might have a brain tuber...
posted by Johnny Lawn and Garden at 7:30 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


My only minor disappointment with Potatofilter Day is that there's any explanation of it at all. But I suppose concessions1 must be made.


1 Such as fries.
posted by biogeo at 7:43 PM on June 23 [6 favorites]


If theme week is going to be a thing, could we maybe have a filter for it like the US Politics threads, or some way to collect them in a separate section? It can be fun but I dunno if I can handle this kind of volume.

I was planning to make a serious/obit post but stopped. Seemed a bit...disrespectful? jarring? to have an RIP lost in the middle of a potato post party...
posted by Sockin'inthefreeworld at 7:52 PM on June 23 [15 favorites]


The real reason the site has been up and down the last few days: it's powered by potatoes now.
posted by piyushnz at 7:55 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


I'm just going to chip in here tuberate those that call yams (inhame) sweet potatoes.
posted by adamvasco at 7:56 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


In a few years someone will have a perfectly good potato related post, use search to check if anyone else has posted before on Metafilter about potatoes before, and then be like What. the. Fuck
posted by inflatablekiwi at 8:27 PM on June 23 [11 favorites]


Rotato?
posted by vrakatar at 8:51 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


You say...
posted by prismatic7 at 9:11 PM on June 23


As of a few minutes ago just over 40% (35 out of 86) of all Metafilter FPP’s ever tagged with potato have been generated in the last 2 days.

The signs were all there. We should have listened. But its too late - its gone exponential. What have we done?
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:19 PM on June 23 [8 favorites]


MetaChat hasn't been active for years.

Wait... Meta Chat isn't a cat? Well that explains a lot of the confusion I had circa 2005 / 2006.
posted by Ashwagandha at 10:13 PM on June 23 [1 favorite]


Of all the ways I could reasonably foresee Metafilter ending - denial of service by potato was not one on my list.

(Logging off quickly as I realize I am thinking through some sort of TCP/UDP transmission control potato related DDoS joke - this….this isn't healthy)
posted by inflatablekiwi at 10:26 PM on June 23


I sent my mom a potato parcel with a photo of myself on one side and that Dan Rather joke printed on the other side. She enjoyed it to the point that she kept it in the cup holder in her car and would talk to it like it was me until it rotted and she threw it out.
posted by bendy at 10:29 PM on June 23 [5 favorites]


A few years ago I had the summer off and out of boredom was looking for some side work to make a couple extra bucks. I found this one week job at a summer camp way out in the countryside at a totally not a cult, but they have crystals there and no internet and do lots of meditatey type things that definitely made the place feel cult adjacent. For example, while eating (in their all locally grown, organic food only cafeteria), there was a bell in the corner and every few minutes someone would ring the bell, which meant everyone had to freeze (stop talking, stop chewing, whatever) for about fifteen seconds until the bell was rung again and everything went back to normal. It was supposed to create mindfulness and give us time to reflect upon our food and conversation or whatever.

The place was definitely not something that I would normally be involved in, but I was at loose ends, the money was ok, and it was only for a week. So I went down there and had a really nice tech free week (did I mention no internet? also no tv or anything like that), and taught kids. So what does this have to do with potatoes? Well, while down there, one of the kids introduced everyone to a game where we would close our eyes and one student chosen at random would say the word 'potato'. Then the rest of the students had to guess who said it. The key to the game is that you want to disguise your voice so that others can't guess who said it.

Potato.
posted by Literaryhero at 10:37 PM on June 23 [4 favorites]


little red potatoes, garlic, Olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper, roast for 20 minutes.
posted by clavdivs at 11:20 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Boiled potatoes, Bismarck herring, boiled beets, an onion, an apple. Dice, dress with a classic vinaigrette, mix and serve.
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:53 AM on June 24


I love that this is potato thing is happening and I really love that it happened organically. That is all, carry on. :)
posted by lazaruslong at 2:28 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


I’ll just check back in a few days to see if the potato thing has died down.

Later, tater.
posted by JustSayNoDawg at 4:08 AM on June 24 [3 favorites]


I wish I’d saved my post for a day when it wouldn’t be buried by potato stunt posting.

I love food posts, but it’s impossible to discuss so much at once, and one begins to suspect these links are being shared more to participate in the game than out of a desire to share interesting content and generate good discussions. I feel curmudgeonly, but that’s how I take it.

Don’t mind me! It’ll be over soon either way.
posted by thoroughburro at 4:16 AM on June 24 [6 favorites]


I would actually like to read a good book about what the hell Europeans ate before the arrival of all the new-world foods that are staples today, (I kind of know, but in a surface way) and how the arrival affected European diet and cuisine, if anyone has any recs.

I realize this could be an AskMe question as I type this, but here I am.

Also, I love me some potatoes and am always looking for new ways to cook them.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:54 AM on June 24


Dark, adulterated rye bread and stew. Or less adulterated wheat bread and stew you can taste the meat in, if you’re a bit posh.
posted by thoroughburro at 5:06 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


This is the grey, where's the controversy, the flamposts, the ..... recipes?
posted by sammyo at 5:17 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


> Devils Rancher:
"I would actually like to read a good book about what the hell Europeans ate before the arrival of all the new-world foods that are staples today,

turnips/rutabagas
posted by ArgentCorvid at 5:54 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


My mother's potato salad:

Boil a batch of new potatoes. Let them cool for a bit, then cut the smaller ones into quarters and the bigger ones into eighths. Put them in a bowl, give them a light sprinkle of salt, and drizzle with a nice vinegar. Give that a few minutes to soak in, then add enough heavy cream to coat them all. Garnish with a small amount of finely chopped chives and maybe a little dill.
posted by flabdablet at 5:59 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


It was funnier when nobody was drawing attention to it. This whole thread is the experience of somebody explaining a joke.
posted by The Gooch at 6:15 AM on June 24


I was planning to make a serious/obit post but stopped. Seemed a bit...disrespectful? jarring? to have an RIP lost in the middle of a potato post party...

Agreed, I think it's stopping people from posting stuff that most people here might want to actually engage with.
posted by rhymedirective at 6:32 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


WHERE IS THE WEIRD AL "ADDICTED TO SPUDS" POST??
posted by Melismata at 6:50 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


Remember that MyMefi is there for your Metafilterfilter convenience. If yonder potato eye offends you, pluck it out.

Since we've moved on to intentional shitposting, it's probably about time to declare this jacket potato done. Thanks, everyone! See you next year for posts about trout.

(Bonus content: I had a half written post about the Australian scallop/potato cake divide that was mostly an excuse to post the The Herd - Scallops music video. CW: skiphop, extreme closeups of people eating with their mouth open.)
posted by zamboni at 6:55 AM on June 24


MetaTalk: This whole thread is the experience of somebody explaining a joke.
posted by theora55 at 7:05 AM on June 24 [6 favorites]


Congrats, your domain is available! taterfilter.com
posted by theora55 at 7:06 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


omg
posted by stray at 7:13 AM on June 24



All these potato posts and nary a potato salad recipe?

not a recipe so much as a tip. You can generally cut the mayo half-and-half with yogurt and only improve things. Both better for you and fresher tasting. mmmm. And forget the egg. Serve the egg on the side if you must. Some people don't like eggs in things. I don't like eggs in things.

And ummm, speaking of unhealthy eating, is this the right place to inquire as to a good recipe for bangers and mash (the gravy part -- I know how to mash a potato, I know how to fry a sausage)?
posted by philip-random at 7:18 AM on June 24


And yet still more potato posts. I am clearly no longer welcome here.

That's it. I'm hitting the button.
posted by Glenn Grothman at 7:22 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


Look what you all did. You chased Glenn Grothman away!
posted by charred husk at 7:24 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


Sorry to be that guy but I hate this.

I don't hate this per se (kinda like the spontaneous group activity thing) but i sure would hate it if there was a new theme every week that took over the front page. Imgur does this and it drives me batty.
posted by Mitheral at 7:37 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


Been hooked on potaters this year big-time. Baked (with sour cream, pepper and salt) and oven-cooked wedges (using parchment paper for best results and crispness) are at the top of the heap. Love tubers so much.
posted by porn in the woods at 8:20 AM on June 24


I think MetaFilter might have a brain tuber

Naw, we're just getting back to our roots.
posted by flabdablet at 8:28 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


Wait, some people are leaving because of a few potato posts? What? Am I missing something?

At any rate you're in luck, there's nothing like the striking down of Roe v. Wade to kill a party.
posted by Melismata at 8:52 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


I hope that this means my potato offering was accepted, and one day when I need it most the seagulls will bless me.

Back in the summer of 2020 when hardly anyone was going anywhere, our local parking lot gulls who normally hang out by Portillos were quite forlorn without the scraps they normally subsist on. My husband and I ventured out for a trip through the drive-through and I felt bad seeing them walking around the near-empty lot looking wistful. We ordered our food and my husband asked why I had ordered two orders of French fries. His face when I threw one whole order of large fries out the car window to the gulls... 😂
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 8:53 AM on June 24 [7 favorites]


Melismata, pretty sure it was a joke.
posted by thoroughburro at 8:56 AM on June 24


Wait, some people are leaving because of a few potato posts? What? Am I missing something?

Glenn Grothman is a sock puppet created for a 2014 midterm elections post, named for this guy, and only fifteen comments since then. It's a gag.
posted by zamboni at 9:07 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


If you think this makes people button, just wait until Mushroom Day.
posted by biogeo at 9:51 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


Mushroom Day

Observed Nov 12. RIP, Mihail.
posted by zamboni at 10:01 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


If Glenn Grothman returns with their own sockpuppet named Glenn Gratin we will achieve singularity.
posted by mochapickle at 11:32 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


There was once a horse and it was named

Potatoooooooo

But how do you pronounce that?

Potatoes

Pot-at-8os

True!
posted by I shot a fox in Skyrim and it made me sad at 11:48 AM on June 24


Tater Talk
posted by clavdivs at 3:27 PM on June 24


I'm team "Too Many Potato Posts," but, obviously, some people were having fun with it, and it's churlish to cause a fuss over it.

I can wait to do more FPPs.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:09 PM on June 24 [5 favorites]


I think my post might've been the one to kick it off, and if so, that amazingly charismatic baby so totally deserves all the accolades. :)

But it's hilarious that it's due to a mistranslation on Google Translate's part, since the word actually evidently means 'baby food' in that particular context, some commenters noted ...
posted by MollyRealized at 6:01 PM on June 24 [3 favorites]


I heard about it through the grapevine. curiously.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:06 AM on June 25


Mushroom preview: Cowboy Bebop - Mushroom Hunting Chase - YouTube.
posted by zengargoyle at 11:04 AM on June 25


The US National Park Service just posted a series of photos to its Instagram (@nationalparkservice) account as a game titled “potato or manatee”. Does someone from Metafilter run their social media?
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:24 AM on June 26 [3 favorites]


Potatoes are a virus from outer space, hear their voice, see their face. Pontypool! Roko's basilisk.

Beware viral potato overlords, otherwise madness ensues.
posted by zengargoyle at 9:54 AM on June 26


I am in danger of becoming churlish, an excellent term, thank you, GenjiandProust; nice to have it resurface in my brainbucket. I would be very comfortable with an end to PotatoFilter.
posted by theora55 at 12:48 PM on June 26 [4 favorites]


Gotta look out, theora55; next thing you know you could be Doing the Churlish Pule
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:51 PM on June 26 [2 favorites]


cortex, how did I miss that? It nicely describes a certain 'friend.'
posted by theora55 at 3:53 PM on June 26


All these potato posts and nary a potato salad recipe?

"Aw, hell naw, Karen! Keep your bland-ass potato salad to yourself!"
posted by kirkaracha at 2:57 PM on June 29


Recipe for rustic tater croquettes.

Make mashed taters with fave seasonings and grated parm.

Cut fresh mozzarella into little cubes.

Cut prosciutto into little rectangles.

Wrap mozz with meat and insert into little tater balls.

Roll balls in some whisked egg and roll in some panko crumbs.

Wrap in foil and cook in wood fired wheel barrow.

OR; Pan fry in olive oil to golden.

Enjoy!
posted by snsranch at 9:58 AM on June 30 [2 favorites]


So, we're back to freestyle hiphop threads? (I kid. Cheers.) [edit: sounds tasty]
posted by eotvos at 3:18 PM on June 30 [1 favorite]


« Older Recent outages   |   US abortion access actions and resources: how we... Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments