Kruse Report: Potatoes prove to be powerful on menus

Editor’s Note: In The Kruse Report, a new feature on, food trend expert Nancy Kruse looks at what’s shaping menus across the country.

Sometimes the most creative culinary solutions are hiding in plain sight. Take the potato: The sturdy tuber hasn’t simply weathered the recession, it has positively thrived. Its presence on chain restaurant menus grew a remarkable 7 percent last year, according to the U.S. Potato Board.

While much of that

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