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FAVORITE POTATO RECIPES MARK COLUMBUS' VISIT

The unassuming potato packs a powerful place in contemporary menus.

Since Christopher Columbus discovered the dowdy starch-filled spud on his voyages West, the potato's logged more miles than all of Columbus' exploring ventures combined.Potatoes now travel in lofty circles with trendy creme fraiche and caviar garnishes as easily as they whip up with milk, butter and a gallon of gravy. Baked and stuffed, they fill an entire menu. French fried, they anchor the all-American hamburger. Combined with cheese and sauce, they accent a meaty entree.

To commemorate Columbus' potato discovery voyage, the Deseret News invites readers to submit their favorite potato recipes for consideration in the October Recipe Exchange.

Rules for submitting recipes:

1. Submit only one recipe per sheet of paper (but all can be mailed in one envelope). Include name and address on each recipe. Mail to Recipe Exchange, P.O.Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.

2. No more than three recipes will be accepted from any one person.

3. Recipes must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 11.

4. If identical recipes are received, the one with the earliest postmark will be tested.

5. Recipes will be tested by a panel of home economists with the best recipes printed in the Deseret News food section the first Tuesday in October. Readers whose recipes are selected will receive $5.