In the winter we eat potatoes on a regular basis. They're inexpensive, versatile, filling, and naturally gluten-free. What more could we want? They also have quite a bit to offer nutritionally--according to the Idaho Potato commission, a medium-sized potato with the skin provides 45% of your daily vitamin C, 18% of potassium ,10% of B6, and 8% of your daily fiber.
One of my Christmas gifts this year was a Progressive International mandoline slicer and I used it tonight to turn russet potatoes into homemade fries. (That's an amazon affiliate link. If you choose to shop through it, I'll earn a small commission.) I've cut fries before with a knife and I have to say using the mandoline was nice and speedy! After slicing the potatoes, I tossed them into a bowl of cold water while working on some other things in the kitchen. When I was ready to cook them, I drained off the water, patted dry and placed them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Here they are draining in the sink: