When Connie Taylor went to whip up some potato salad last week, she left out the heartiest ingredients: the pair of heart-shaped potatoes she pulled from a 5-pound sack of otherwise ordinary spuds.
The day before, she’d told her boyfriend, “If you want to have potato salad tomorrow with your ribs that I’m cooking, you better bring me a sack of potatoes.”
He did. From the Freshway in Byron.
“The next morning I opened the sack, and I started digging around and I was like, ‘What’s in this bag?’ It was all lumpy, not regular lumps of potatoes,” Taylor said. “I started grabbing potatoes and I was like, ‘What is this?’ ”
Be still her beating starch.
Not one, but two ticker-shaped tubers emerged from the bag.
“I started pulling them out, and I thought, ‘Wow!’’’ said Taylor, a 46-year-old homemaker. “One of them is absolutely perfect, and one of them is a little off.”
Her tuber twosome — “his and hers,” Taylor calls them — while certainly a curiosity, isn’t unheard of as odd-shaped taters go. In 2006, the Idaho Potato Commission hailed a Pennsylvania woman’s “miracle” heart-shaped find during Potato Lover’s Month. In 1998, a woman at a Piggly Wiggly north of LaGrange found a heart-shaped russet she dubbed “my sweet potato.”
Of her own french-fryable find, Taylor said, “Maybe we’ll have a ribeye and a baked, heart-shaped potato on Valentine’s Day.”
But that’d be heartbaking.
“I’m seriously thinking of pickling them,” Taylor said.
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.