1. Slice the peppers lengthwise into one-eighth-inch strips (about 1 1/2 cups). Peel and slice the potatoes into one-eighth-inch slices (about 1 1/2 cups). Thinly slice the onion.
2. Fill a deep 11-inch frying pan with canola oil. When it is hot, add the potatoes and onions. The oil should be hot enough to cook the potatoes but not so hot that it will fry and burn them, about 220 degrees. Stir occasionally so the potatoes don't stick. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes.
3. When the potatoes are soft and knife-tender, add the sliced peppers. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the potatoes, onions and peppers with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined bowl. The oil will drain to the bottom. Let the cooking oil cool, then discard.
4. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl. Add the potato-pepper mixture and gently fold to combine. Season with 2 teaspoons of salt.
5. In a 10-inch nonstick frying pan, add two tablespoons olive oil. Heat over medium heat. When it is hot, swirl it around so that it coats the pan. Pour in the egg-potato mixture and gently move the pan in a circular motion a few times so that the egg doesn't stick. Smooth out the potatoes on top, if necessary, to make an even surface. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until the tortilla starts to bubble and the sides are firm and somewhat set, about 20 minutes.
6. To turn the tortilla, place a large, flat plate over the frying pan and turn the tortilla onto the plate. If the frying pan is dry, add additional oil as needed. Gently slide the uncooked side of the tortilla back into the pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until golden and set, again moving the pan in circular motions. Remove from the heat, place a large serving plate over the pan and carefully invert onto the plate. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve.
Each of 8 servings: 393 calories; 10 grams protein; 22 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 30 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 238 mg. cholesterol; 668 mg. sodium.
Nancy Silverton's burgers
Total time: 40 minutes
Note: This recipe from Nancy Silverton was the centerpiece of a story by Emily Green. According to Silverton, the key to a great hamburger is the meat, which should have ample fat. Ask the butcher to coarsely grind 2 3/4 pounds of prime chuck (10% to 15% fat) with 4 to 6 ounces of prime sirloin fat (the combination should have 20% to 28% fat total). Though she offers three cheeses, she says that from experience, most takers go for Gruyere, 25% might take cheddar and one of a group will want blue. The cheeses should be good quality, such as Point Reyes Blue, aged Gruyere and Grafton cheddar from Vermont or Fiscalini or Straus cheddar from California. The buns should be good-quality soft sesame or poppy seed hamburger buns.
12 strips applewood-smoked bacon
2 ripe avocados
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons snipped chives