Have you ever figured out the perfect two people to set up? Or how about when you know two ingredients are perfect together, like chocolate and hazelnuts? When it’s a good match, it’s a good match!
You might think that I will next suggest that my Ancho Chile Sauce and Baby Dutch Yellow potatoes are a good match — and they are. However, what I’m really getting at is that Melissa’s Produce and the Idaho Potato Commission are a great match!
No, I didn’t set them up, as I did two friends of mine. ;-) This affiliation began long before I came on the scene. And it makes great sense — beautifully grown and harvested potatoes being distributed by the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States.
Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the Product Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California. This fresh produce expo had about 21,000 attendees from more than 60 countries! Food industry professionals gathered here to network, connect, and learn about the latest trends in the produce world.
One of my favorite moments at this huge event was when I ran into two of my favorite people at once: Robert Schueller from Melissa’s Produce and Don Odiorne from the Idaho Potato Commission. These two folks have both inspired many of the recipes I’ve developed since I launched Cooking On The Weekends in May 2011.
I really wanted to bring Don, Robert, Baby Dutch Yellow Idaho potatoes, and Melissa’s Produce together in one delicious recipe. And this my friends, is exactly how Roasted Ancho Chile Potatoes came to be.
More highlights from PMA’s Fresh Summit were hanging out with some of my favorite food bloggers, meeting amazing chefs, and tasting their creations.
Left: Robert Schueller and Don Odiorne. Top Right: Kim of Rustic Garden Bistro, Valerie of Mama Likes to Cook, Chef Patricia Jinich, whose TV show is Pati’s Mexican Table, Moi, and Lana of Bibberche. Bottom Right: Moi, and Jeanne of The Jolly Tomato.
And how awesome is that potato truck! To celebrate the Idaho Potato Commission’s 75th year of promoting Idaho Potatoes, this Famous Idaho Potato Truck toured the country from coast to coast — and the PMA’s Fresh Summit in California was one of its final stops.
Now go make the Ancho Chile Sauce so you can get your potatoes roasting!