As I mentioned last week, I recently purchased the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook, and I knew I’d be making some new breakfast recipes right away. I planned to make the potato skins with an egg baked in them, but then thought, why not also make blueberry muffins? I did measure some of the ingredients the night before, but get this: My alarm went off at 6:00 am, I hit snooze, but got up. I staggered into the kitchen, making the muffins as I slowly woke up. When my snooze alarm went off at 6:15, the muffins were already in the oven. That’s pretty amazing. They were delicious.
The potato skins were also delicious. But the crazy thing is – the kids were eating breakfast when I was making lunches so I wasn’t totally paying attention. Turns out – they don’t know how to eat potato skins?! They just ate the egg and cheese and bacon and scallions out of the potato skin, and then left the little potato boat on their plate. I guess the 90’s really were a long time ago. Remember when we used to order potato skins in restaurants as an appetizer? My kids have never done that, or seen that being done. It’s a new era of appetizers. On the bright side, this whole trip down potato skin memory lane reminded me of the time my friend Rosanne and I went to see a movie in high school. (Not the time we saw Pet Cemetery, that’s a totally different story.) I’m talking about the time we saw Silence of the Lambs. After the movie we went to Michael’s Family Restaurant for a snack. We thought about just getting coffee, but we were a little hungry. What to get? Grilled Cheese, mozzarella sticks? No, we settled on sharing a plate of potato skins. Why not, they are delicious, right? While we waited for our order we discussed the movie and (spoiler alert) how creepy it was that the villain was making a suit out of human skin. Then the waitress came by with our plate and said, “HERE ARE YOUR SKINS!!!” It was horrifying. But we ate them anyway, and they were delicious. But I’m not sure I ever ordered potato skins after that, and then they went out of fashion.
So thanks for bringing them back into my life, Smitten Kitchen Cookbook!