Hash(ed) Brown(s) (Potatoes)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 28 16:54:00 UTC 2006

>"Hash browns" were served in the Dominican Republic, so I thought I'd
>re-check "hash(ed) brown potatoes."
>30 November  1892, Indiana (PA) Progress, pg. 7:
>Mrs. Rorer gave her audience a  shock the other day while lecturing at the
>Health and Food Exhibition in New  Haven, Conn., by prophesying dire
>disaster as
>a result of indulgence in "hashed  brown potatoes." She had visited insane
>asylums, she said, and found that many  of the inmates had been
>addicted to the
>use of potatoes fried after being  boiled. Ergo, potatoes cooked in this way
>appear to produce insanity.
This explains a good deal!


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