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'''French fries''' are a food made from [[potato]]es that have been cut into less-than-quarter-inch, stringy length-wise slices and deep-fat fried (twice in some recipes). They are very popular in [[America]], where some add ketchup to them, the [[United Kingdom]], where they are referred to as chips and generally served with salt and malt vinegar, and [[Belgium]] and [[France]], where they are called ''frites'' and eaten with mayonnaise.
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'''French fries''' are a food made from [[potato]]es that have been cut into less-than-quarter-inch, stringy length-wise slices and deep-fat fried (twice in some recipes). They are very popular in [[America]], where some add ketchup to them, and the [[United Kingdom]], where they are referred to as chips and generally served with salt and malt vinegar.
  
 
=== Freedom fries ===
 
=== Freedom fries ===

Revision as of 19:44, 28 March 2007

French fries are a food made from potatoes that have been cut into less-than-quarter-inch, stringy length-wise slices and deep-fat fried (twice in some recipes). They are very popular in America, where some add ketchup to them, and the United Kingdom, where they are referred to as chips and generally served with salt and malt vinegar.

Freedom fries

Near the start of the Iraq War, a wave of anti-French sentiment briefly swept the United States over France's refusal to join or support the U.S.-led coalition. As a protest against France, for a while the Congressional cafeteria refused to use the name "French fries," serving them under the substitute name "Freedom fries".[1][2] Representatives Bob Ney (R-OH) and Walter Jones (R-NC) were responsible for declaring that all references to "French" in the United States House of Representatives' restaurants and snack bars be removed. Said Ney after personally changing the signs in the House cafeteria, "Once again, our brave men and women in the American military are putting their lives on the line to ensure the freedom and security of others, and once again, France is sitting on the sidelines."

This was similar to other times when foods were renamed because they contained the name of a country with which we were at war. For example, during the first world war sauerkraut was renamed liberty cabbage and dachsunds liberty hounds. [3] Also, in Britain, German Shepherd dogs were renamed Alsatians.

The French responded only by pointing out that French fries originate in Belgium. A spokeswoman (Nathalie Loisau) said, "We are at a very serious moment dealing with very serious issues and we are not focusing on the name you give to potatoes."

Capitol Hill, however, reverted to the "French" label in 2006.[4]

References

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,80700,00.html
  2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1491567,00.html
  3. http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/database/article_display.cfm?HHID=531
  4. http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060802-125318-3981r.htm