Potatoes O'Diana is one of those recipes where I feel compelled to give credit to someone else. As much as I find the idea distasteful, intellectual honesty forces me to act. I borrowed this recipe from my sister-in-law. I'm not sure where she got it, but suffice it to say that it originated somewhere in the great Mid-West.
This recipe brings up a huge moral dilemma. Who owns a recipe and what constitutes a copyright or patent infringement? I admittedly quite freely borrow from the culinary expertise of others. I do not hesitate to ask someone how they made a dish and then write it up as my own - only after I have tried it out though. Yet, I will make attributions to the creator of a recipe if that creator can indeed be found.
Recipes are a lot like jokes. They circulate and no one can pin down their origin, and each retelling seems to bring with it its own modifications. Legally, you can borrow any idea. What you CANNOT borrow is the exact language of a recipe. That, like any other written document is owned by the author. Nevertheless, we real men attempt to give credit where credit is due, while at the same time we only secretly crave the accolades deserved by others. Thus, you may feel free to copy recipes from this book word for word and claim them for your own, UNLESS you plan to reproduce them for profit (if that is the case, please tell me how you made your bundle and remit a share to your's truly - or better yet, just indicate where you got the recipe and set up a link back to this site).
Enough of this pseudo-legalese. I suggest you try out my Sister-in-law's recipe...
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