Pepperpalooza July 2014

Denver Omelettes | Mixed Fruit

There were luscious green bell peppers in our CSA share bag last weekend, and the ones we didn’t eat right away are now better suited for cooking than eating raw in salads. A Denver (Western) omelette (or omelet, if you prefer) is a perfect way to use them. If the idea of eggs for dinner seems like it won’t be filling enough for hungry eaters, a Denver omelette will change your mind. It makes up in hearty goodness what it lacks in sophistication. Plus, it’s super easy and adaptable. Serve with some sliced fresh fruit, and dinner’s done.

Love to Cook: This Eating Well twist on the traditional turns the omelette into a sandwich; their pairing suggestion is a tomato salad, which, you remember, is also a fruit.

Weeknight Reality: If you’re looking for the basic Denver omelette, then this recipe (with notes) from Serious Eats is perfect – and ready in 30 minutes.

Need a Miracle: Scrambled eggs, with ham, diced onion, diced bell pepper (both typically available, pre-cut, in the produce section) and a handful of shredded cheese, paired with pre-cut fruit or a salad from the salad bar.

And here’s the rest of the week…

Gazpacho | Wedge Salad
Fig-Glazed Pork Tenderloin | Green Salad with Mint & Blackberries | Meyer Lemon Gelato
Mediterranean Platter (stuffed grape leaves, olives, hummus, Greek salad, grilled lemon chicken)


Instead of starting with the ingredients tonight, how about starting with your favorite dishes? What plate (or cup or whatever) looks good on your table, brings you joy and makes dinner a pleasure? Yes, use that one. Here are some ideas for dinners that lend themselves to pretty presentation on pretty plates.


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Smoked salmon (or other fish) crepes with dill sauce and a light spring salad (perhaps with edible flowers)
  • Weeknight Reality: Soft-boiled eggs in egg cups with toasted brioche and salad with fresh berries
  • Need a Miracle: Trio of soups (from the grocery deli) served together in small pretty cups atop a pretty plate

Recipe Links

Parting Thought

He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.

C.S. Lewis



Eggs are inexpensive, versatile, easy to prepare and well-suited to a multitude of flavors. From simple scrambled or baked eggs to more complicated preparations soufflés or dishes that involve hollandaise, there is an egg recipe for virtually any dinner situation. And if you’re buying eggs to hard-boil and then dip in dye, just buy an extra dozen for a quick dinner that won’t interrupt the fun egg-coloring activities.

the incredible edible egg

Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Eggs Florentine with a spring green salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Shakshuka with warm pita bread
  • Need a Miracle: Scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and goat cheese, served with cinnamon toast

Recipe Links

Parting Thought

“These eggs are broken. Cracked.”
“Yes, ma’am. That happens sometimes.”
“Does it?”
“Yes, it’s the unfortunate part of being an egg.”

Peter Hedges, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (via goodreads)