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Dinner Tonight: Denver Omelet

In the back of my mind I knew I'd eventually learn to make a Denver omelet; I've just been putting it off for as long as possible. It's hard to face up to dishes that you used to love when you were young.

I worried that this diner classic would seem heavy handed and greasy now. It usually features a whole mess of eggs along with ham, peppers, onions, and handfuls of cheese. It was never elegant, but strangely satisfying, even if finishing one always seemed like a dare. So why do I have no shame in admitting that this recipe from the food blog Macheesmo really works?

I've made this recipe three times in the past two days, and each time I've finished the whole thing. Surely, this version is less of a gutbuster than most diner versions, using only two eggs for each one. But I love how the ham is diced then cooked until crispy. Then the vegetables are mixed in and only cooked until tender, not soft. I'm still not very good at folding over omelets, but they taste good no matter how they end up looking.

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