Archive for September, 2015

When Life Gives You Potatoes

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Recently, we got a fabulous deal on 20 lbs. of fresh, local Yukon Gold potatoes. Do you have any idea how many potatoes are in 20 lbs? Let’s just say lots and lots. These are beauties, not too big, not gnarly and chock full of flavor. Of course, the trick is to celebrate these babies while they are still fresh. Here is a recent breakfast entree at Camellia Cottage B&B, a classic of Spanish cuisine, but easily played with. Try layering it with spinach, cheese, ham, mushrooms or topping it with an interesting sauce.
Tortilla Espanola
3 lbs. potatoes, peeled
1 large yellow onion
2 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
5 eggs
Cut potatoes in half and slice onion in thick slices. Boil in salted water till potatoes are barely tender. Let cool and slice thinly. Beat eggs with salt and pepper or seasonings of your choice. Oil a cast-iron skillet. Layer potatoes, onions and other goodies in your pan. Pour the egg mix over; it should barely cover the veggies. Bake in a 350 degree oven till set or cook over low heat on top of the stove. When just set, flip and brown the other side.

Have a Drink, If You Can

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Our out-of-state guests (and even our in-state guests) have marveled at the arcane liquor laws still in effect in our beloved state of North Carolina. We didn’t realize quite how arcane they really are until we saw a list in the Wilmington Star News.
Try this one on for size: The law stipulates that pitchers of alcoholic beverages must be sold only to two or more customers. In other words, you can’t chug that pitcher yourself!
Or this one: Any watering hole whose food sales do not exceed 30% of total sales must operate as a private club with a membership roster kept in alphabetical order on premise at all times. So…when you walk in and they ask if you are a member, tell them you are a guest of Joe over at the bar.
Alas, two-for-one, BOGO, or free booze with your meal are all prohibited. There is no such thing as a free lunch…or a free drink.
Aren’t you glad the state is hard at work protecting us from ourselves?