Living La Dolce Vita, Eat a Frittata


The world is a good place.

I (Angela) took the SAT last Saturday and accidentally left my beloved TI-84 at Gateway High School, where I took the test. I didn’t realize my calculator was missing until several hours after the test ended, and I figured that by then someone had already taken my lovely away. These calculators are pretty darn expensive. I assumed that if anyone found my TI-84, they would probably take it for themselves or sell it.

My TI-84 has been with me since ninth grade and has absorbed so many tears that I’m surprised it still works. Together, we’ve made it through thick and thin. We’ve graphed limaçons in the dead of night. We’ve taken countless tests and done hours of homework. When I thought I had lost the calculator that is, in the vernacular, “bae,” I was devastated. That night, I went to my very first non-classical music concert but the whole time I was just thinking about my calculator. I threw my right-hand rule in the air to the beat of “Anna Sun” and mourned the loss of my beloved, which I was convinced I would never see again.

Out of all of my friends, I am definitely the most cynical. Last week, we watched the documentary Somewhere in Between on transracial adoption in Chinese class. I was positive that the man claiming to be the biological father of one of the adoptees was just trying to exploit money from an American family, but a DNA test revealed that he really was the father. By the end of the film, everyone in the class, boys and girls, had tears flowing freely down their faces – except for me. I was unamused and unshaken, unfazed by the cruelty of the universe that the film had revealed and skeptical of happy endings.

Later that week, however, I received an email saying that my calculator had been found unscathed and was waiting patiently for me. Elated, I returned to Gateway and reunited with bae. I am incredibly grateful that someone went to the trouble of tracking me down and allowing me to reclaim my darling. Our reunion cracked a hole through my jaded worldview. The world is such a wonderful place. Don’t worry. Be happy. Eat a frittata…


Kale Potato Frittata


Cooking spray

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 leek, sliced

1/2 shallot

1/2 yellow or white onion, sliced

2 bunches lacinato kale, stemmed and chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups boiled diced potatoes

4 whole eggs + 4 egg whites, beaten

3 tablespoons water

3 eggs on top of the frittata (optional)

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped

2 to 3 tablespoons shaved parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Note from Chef Chen:   I basically used up what was left in the fridge to make room for my Costco produce purchase.  I think a frittata is perfect for cleaning out the fridge on a weekend.



Heat oven to 400°F.

In a skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, sauté onion, leak, garlic and over medium heat, stirring, 5 minutes. Add kale, garlic and a pinch of salt; stir 5 minutes. Add potatoes.

Whisk eggs, egg whites, 3 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in kale-potato mixture.

In a large cast-iron skillet coated with cooking spray, cook egg mixture over medium-low heat 1 minute. Sprinkle thyme, oregano and parmesan on top. 

Transfer skillet to oven; bake until eggs are set and center is slightly runny, about  8 minutes. Broil until top is golden, 1 minute.


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