Potatoes Lyonnaise, please, history, do not repeat

In honor of the French elections taking place today I thought I would post a classic French dish.

It’s a simple dish of fried potatoes and onions, done in ‘the style of Lyon’. The chicken stock added at the end is absorbed, giving the dish a bit of a syrupy glaze.

As to the elections: today is the first round with 13 candidates on the ballot. The top two will go on to the final vote in May.

In the top 4 we have: extremely far right, extremely far left, in the middle with nepotism / money problems, and a political neophyte.

And that, my friends, says it all…..

Potatoes Lyonnaise

Total time: 40 minutes


  • 2 medium potatoes, quartered, then thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half, sliced thinly
  • 1 clove garlic. minced
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) chicken stock


  • Sauté onion and garlic in medium nonstick skillet in 2 tsp butter until lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove onions and garlic from pan.
  • Add 2 tsp oil, potatoes and sauté until golden, turning often with spatula, about 20 minutes.
  • When potatoes are golden, return onion and garlic to pan, add chicken stock, cover and simmer until stock is absorbed, 5 – 10 minutes.  Serve.

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As long as civilization as we know it seems to be regressing, here is a bit of my own history that we may (sadly) be heading toward? Back to?

I was going through some stuff today and ran across a pin. It’s the size of a lapel pin (remember those?) and, for whatever reason, rather than tossing it into a drawer, I took a closer look.

It was commemorating my ‘Outstanding Newspaper Boy’ award.

Yes, I was a newspaper boy.

No, I did not have gender issues.

It was simply not the norm for girls to deliver newspapers.

My older brother had the paper route originally, which was perfectly acceptable. Boys were eligible for paper routes when they were 10 years old.

When he outgrew the job I took it over. Girls could have paper routes, of course…. But they were not eligible until they were 16 years old.

Apparently 16 was a magical age for girls…. She could get married, have a child and, finally, be trusted to deliver a newspaper.

I took over the paper route when I was 9 years old. I received my ‘Outstanding Newspaper Boy’ award when I was around 12. I turned the paper route over to my younger brother when I was 15.

I successfully delivered the daily newspaper, on my bicycle in summer and on foot in winter, to 90% of my hometown for 6 years without ever being old enough to qualify for the job.

I could have gotten married, though…..

Last update on April 23, 2017

6 thoughts on “Potatoes Lyonnaise, please, history, do not repeat”

  1. We are watching the politics in three countries at present – all in turmoil and any one can affect us! In the meantime we are enjoying the French Spring and plentiful green asparagus from our local market.
    Definitely going to try out your potato recipe.

  2. I’m with KateW. Your Lyonnaise Potatoes look wonderful.

    I keep being quite annoyed to have to take my head away from of its usually nice comfortable spot in the sand. Alas, with all that is going on with various political leaders (is “leader” is the correct term?), that lovely resting spot is sadly neglected right now.

    Congratulations on your Outstanding Newspaper Boy award. But, how did you manage to get around the laws to have the newspaper route 7 years before you were eligible to have a job?

  3. kate – food always trumps (lol) politics for me

    Gill, we have fingers crossed for this election…. it could be life-changing for a lot of us (again) This has been a great asparagus season… The best in a few years! Must be the cool, damp weather that I hate.

    Elizabeth, the paper route was legally in my older brother’s name – until I won the award and they realized I was a girl. It caused a bit of a problem lol (|Not the first time I caused problems) Leader is not the correct term but I think the correct term would not be welcomed.

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