Did you know that I'm a tennis player? No??? Well I am. Not a great tennis player, and many days not even a good tennis player. But a tennis player I am. When we moved to Coronado, my first order of business was to find some folks to play tennis with. I pursued this with a vengeance. Eventually, my persistence paid off and I was able to join a weekly round robin women's event. 16 to 20 women play each week. There's a good mix of talent and a great mix of personalities. Many weeks, after we play, we share some food.
Each week, this is a chance for me to make something fun and impress my fellow tennis players. Most weeks, this has actually worked. At one point, the organizer informed me, it's ok if you can't play this week, just come for the lunch...with something you've made. I laughed out loud. I know the way to any one's heart is through the stomach. And while I might play a game where love is part of the score, I get to show the real love by providing a home cooked treat to my fellow tennis aficionados who are from Coronado (hey, it rhymes!).
So, 9 long weeks ago, I injured myself on the court. Leading to my inability to play the game I love. Leading to great sadness on my part. While each week I've been hoping to resume my game, my body is not cooperating. Oh well, the ladies still invite me to the weekly celebrations, so I get to cook and visit.
I decided that Dorie's potato chip tortilla was the perfect appetizer to bring to our holiday tennis luncheon. Easy to make, easy to serve, hopefully tasty. (I think St. James actually doesn't like the fact that I'm quite willing to try a new recipe out for the first time for an event or a get together or a party...although the other night I heard him bragging to some of our guests about that exact fact. There is always a risk of serving a new recipe to guests...but I can always order pizza...right? And given that there are about 85,689 recipes that I want to try, I don't really like to cook the same things over and over (except for Jacques Torres' chocolate chip cookies and King Arthur's no-knead bread, which I would make daily, if allowed to).
All the herbs I used in this "tortilla" were from my herb garden, as well as one lone jalapeno that has been wondering when it was going to get picked.
I'm going to confess, I must have over-cooked this a bit. It was a tad dry. Also, I didn't use enough salt, as I thought the salt from the potato chips would be more than enough. If I were to make this again, I might add a bit of cheese (maybe even cream cheese) to add a bit of creaminess. For my tennis lunch, I cut it into bite-sized pieces and served with toothpicks. The plate was empty at the end of the party...so I'm hoping folks liked it. To see how my on-line friends fared this week, click here. Have a great week and take time to enjoy the holidays.