The Hot Potato Post
(as in, Dropped Like a, How to Play, and How to Make)
I entered, I played, I played hard, I played by the rules, I got cut. That’s the story I hear again and again from my FoodBuzz friends who participated in the 2010 Project Food Blog competition.
After I got dropped I vented, I posted. Now I find myself drawn to all those other ‘venting’ posts appearing in my inbox. A common thread within each is the feeling that we’d all been dropped like a hot potato. The email of rejection is short, curt, to the point - something along the lines of “your participation is no longer required in this contest.”
I like how Zomppa explains the feeling of participating and then being dropped like a hot potato. Here is a snippet from a recent Zomppa entry entitled, “Dear Foodbuzz: French Apple Tart”
“And for what? For a letter of rejection? During this 3-week period, you did NOTHING but tell us how much you wanted us and then, BAM!? All of the sudden, we aren’t good enough? You get a little taste of us and then you decide we don’t suffice? Somehow, we just don’t do it for you anymore?”
Yeah, I’m with you Zomppa.
In the moments after the arrival of the email, I felt like I had just been dumped by a boyfriend . . . given no explanation as to why we were no longer compatible, why we were no longer together, why we couldn’t continue in this relationship. After all, I did exactly as you asked. I gave back to you with all my energy and focus (I planned, I wrote, I snapped pictures, I pushed aside life-as-usual for you, I voted).
Actually, I’m over this breakup. Yes, I have minor pangs of jealously when I see you courting someone else, but it is clear, you want to play the field. I’m happy to have my freedom back. I’m happy to blog about what I feel like blogging about. I’m happy to make it through a meal without taking a photograph of it.
But, I’m still drawn to you. I’m not totally over you. And maybe, just maybe, if you’re good enough, and you make some changes, I'll take you back next year.
In the meantime . . . today, I was inspired to create by Zomppa’s post. In the spirit of the current PFB challenge: Picture Perfect (step-by-step photo tutorials), I dedicate the following two Hot Potato tutorials to all of those PFB contestants who have been dropped like a hot potato.
Version One - Hot Potato Game
Yes, I know, this isn’t food related – but perhaps it will serve as a great dinner party game.
2 or more players
music to taste (make sure it can be easily paused and restarted)
1. Gather players in a circle – standing or sitting.
2. Hand one person the potato and start the music.
3. Players pass the potato to their neighbor. Play continues until the music is stopped.
Note: Some are good sports - Addie says "Darn!"
Warning: Some people get upset.
5. Continue game until one person is left. Winner is the player who has never been left holding the potato when the music stops.
Version Two - How to Make a Hot Potato
Toppings – such as butter, sour cream, cheese, salt, pepper, chives, bacon . . . your choice.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. Scrub potato; then pat dry.
3. Pierce skin of potato with something – knife, fork, skewer, kitchen shears, drill bit . . . your choice. (notice, we reuse our skewers!)
4. Place potato on baking sheet and put in preheated oven. Bake for an hour or more until aforementioned piercing implement can be easily inserted into the potato.
5. Remove from oven and slice lengthwise down the center. Be careful, it’s a Hot Potato! Top with toppings of your choice. I choose butter, salt and chives. However, I don't have any chives today, so to add a bit of color, I chopped up some leeks.
Hey, potato lovers remember to celebrate potatoes on the following days:
* September is National Potato Month
* March 14th is National Potato Chip Day
* July 13th is National French Fry Day
* February is Potato Lovers Month
* August 19th is Potato Day.
As for all current and past PFB contestants (except one luck winner), celebrate your own personal Dropped Like a Hot Potato Day – mine was October 1st.