Time for a Cooper-Doo update, don’t you think? We had a visit this week from my busy nephew, on Wednesday, and he was on-the-move. He’s an expert button-pusher and knob-twister. Anything that even sort of resembles a button or knob and out shoots his darling little hand, with his little carrot-shaped finger, and push, push, twist, twist, there he goes. He’s spending lots of time at the park now that the weather is – finally! – warmer. And he’s thisclose to walking around, which will quickly become running around, and THEN Stace and Bowen will have their hands full. Oh my. A little red-haired streak of lightening, zooooom!
Our friend Bartley was in town for business last night, from NYC, so we got to steal him for dinner. I made a simple frittata with potatoes, peppers,tomatoes, and onion (recipe in comments, below) and a salad with lots of shaved Parm. We split the bottle of Silver Oak my friend Michelle gave to me in Palm Springs – thanks Mich, we toasted you. AND Happy Birthday, girlfriend, belatedly!
Today I had a lovely, lovely breakfast with my dear friend Mary, at the Edina Grill. It was so good to see her, made my whole week. I ordered their yummybuckwheat pancakes, the kill. Lots of (decaf) coffee, LOTS of chatting, and we had to be on our way. Boo! I could talk to Mary all day (and in fact I used to, when we shared an office at Park Nicollet…)
From there I met up with jeweler Todd Crabtree, maker of my beloved engagement ring. He’s currently making a gift for my stepdaughter (shhh!) as well as a ring and a necklace for me, from scattered diamonds I own from various other pieces of jewelry. In fact, I got the necklace today, made from my Grandma Meyer’s engagement-ring diamond and oh, I got tears in my eyes when I put it on. I love wearing her diamond, because I loved her so much. I’m thrilled to be able to wear it.
For now? I’m outta here, man, it’s gorgeous outside! Time to move my Napa-Butt on a nice, long walk. Tomorrow, Nathan’s Boy-Soup Birthday Swimming Party – this year, it’s looking to be a nice day, yay! Stay tuned…
And oh, ps, I just read this on Suz’s blog…if you need a day brightener – and really, who doesn’t? – this’ll do ya, most definitely.
Potato, Pepper, Tomato, and Onion Frittata
The perfect “what should we have for dinner” dinner – delicious, healthy, satisfying, and on the table in 15 minutes. Feel free to experiment with other vegetables.
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 medium (about 2x3 inches) Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced thinly
½ green bell pepper, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
½ cup quartered cherry tomatoes
4 eggs, beaten with ½ tsp. salt
salt and pepper
Preheat broiler with rack on second-highest slot. Heat a 10-inch, oven-safe sauté pan over medium high heat. Spread potato slices over the bottom of the pan (a couple of layers is fine) and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Saute, without stirring, until potatoes are nicely browned on one side, then carefully turn them over (in four or so pancake-like pieces) and brown on the second side. Turn heat down to medium, then stir in the bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes, and another pinch of salt, and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour the eggs over the potatoes and vegetables and cook, without stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until the bottom of the frittata is nicely set. Transfer the skillet to under the broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes (this really depends upon how hot your broiler is; watch carefully) or until the frittata puffs up and browns a bit. Let cool for a couple of minutes, cut into slices, and serve warm. (Excellent reheated in the microwave.)