We rarely have baked potatoes, but I have been craving them lately and decided to put them on the list for this weeks dinner. But these were no ordinary potatoes! I baked them and then on the table we had the requisite butter and sour cream along with sausage, grated cheese, sautéed mushrooms and spinach. Everyone could dress their potato in whatever they liked (or nothing at all, as was little j's choice). It was a hearty meal.
It actually took me back: we used to have "Irish Sundaes" at the county fair when I was growing up. They are, essentially, baked potatoes with a variety of toppings. For those not familiar with southern Oregon, let me just say that Idaho has nothing over Klamath County when it comes to growing potatoes. In case you were curious, the first ever Klamath Basin Potato Festival was held in Merrill in 1934 and is held annually the second weekend in October. It is one of those small town events in rural America that you just have to experience at least once. Plus they have a really good barbecue.