Based on the Boston Globe Magazine, 2005 July 31
Perhaps the simplest way to serve freshly dug potatoes is to toss them with oil and roast them until golden brown. They turn crisp on the outside and tender inside. Potatoes that are all the same size will be ready at the same time.
Set the oven at 400 degrees.
Prick the potatoes well all over. In a bowl, toss the potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer them to a baking dish large enough to hold them in one layer.
Roast the potatoes for 1 hour, turning occasionally, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork.
Sprinkle the potatoes with the herbs and serve at once.
The Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest is held ever year at San Jose State Univ. by Professor Scott Rice. It is held in memory of Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), a rather prolific and popular (in his time) novelist. He is best known today for having written "The Last Days of Pompeii." Whenever Snoopy starts typing his novel from the top of his doghouse, beginning "It was a dark and stormy night..." he is borrowing from Lord Bulwer-Lytton. This was the line that opened his novel, "Paul Clifford," written in 1830. The full line reveals why it is so bad: It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents -- except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
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