02 August 2010

2 August - Colorado; Denver Sandwiches

Colorado Day (observed) - On August 1, 1876, the Territory of Colorado was admitted to the Union as the 38th state.  Think of Pike's Peak (or Bust) and Sweet Betsy from same, the Garden of the Gods, Mesa Verde National Park... visit them if you can.

Also, admission to the Colorado State Parks is free today.  Pack a picnic and head out to enjoy some really gorgeous scenery.

Denver Sandwiches are wonderful for breakfast or brunch (not sure how they do on picnics).

1/2 lb ham, finely diced
2 onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
8 eggs
salt and pepper
8 slices of bread

Fry diced ham with onion and green pepper in 1 tablespoon butter until lightly browned.  Add eggs and seasonings; stir gently.  When lightly browned, turn, cut into 4 wedges, and serve between slices of buttered bread.  Makes 4 sandwiches.
(Recipe from Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, Volume 1.)

The good-but-lazy cook makes what she calls "Fort Collins Sandwiches" (as in 'not quite Denver'), in which she fries the ham (if she has any) in a small amount of butter, mixes a couple of tablespoons of salsa into the eggs, adds that mixture to the pan, and proceeds from there.  A sprinkling of shredded cheese on top before sliding between the buttered bread slices does not come amiss.

A shout-out to my brother and his family in Windsor.  Hi, Mark!