Potatoes are Americaâ€™s most used and favorite vegetable. They are a member of the Nightshade family. They can be boiled, baked, fried, and micro waved, steamed, roasted, mashed, and placed in salads, with or without the peel. Potatoes are a perennial plant, and the fourth largest crop grown. Potatoes have a high water content as well as starch.Â Available year-round, potatoes are grown commercially in at least 35 states in the USA, the majority of them being grown in Idaho and other places such as Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, and Oregon. The common types of potatoes available in North America are russet Burbank, yellow fin, red gold, German butterball, Yukon gold.
Dicing is a method of food preparation in which the food item is cut into small blocks or dice. This may be done for aesthetic reasons or to create uniformly sized pieces to ensure even cooking. Dicing is a desirable method of food preparation, due to the small nature of the pieces of food, which allows the spread of flavour and texture throughout the dish, as well as a somewhat faster cooking speed. Technically there are three types of dicing: large, medium, and small. Large is usually a 20mm (3/4 inch) cube, medium 10mm (1/2 in.), and small 5mm (1/4 in.) However, in home cooking most people understand dicing to just be any size cube, often the size of a regular set of game dice. Brunoise is an especially small size, produced from further cutting of julienne-style food. Dicing usually applies to vegetables prepared in this way but it can also apply to the preparation of meat or fish.