I've been a science widow as the Scientist is away talking about his work. As a treat I decided to make pommes frites- you know the really skinny elegant french fries? To me they have the perfect balance between crunchy exterior and soft potato interior. And they're really easy to make as long as you get the steps right.
After peeling the potatoes and cutting them into long matchsticks, I soaked them in cold water while I ran to the store for something else (Ok a duck breast- I decided I wanted duck and pommes frites.) I had to move the scientist's truck anyway- he has a knack for going out of town on street cleaning week.
When I got back I dried them in the salad spinner to make sure they were really dry.
The key is to fry them twice- once for about 90 seconds, not until brown. They'll come out of the first fry soggy and greasy and nasty. Nothing you would want to eat unless you were desperate.