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rise and shine, valentine a romantic breakfast (or brunch) in bed by Yee-Fan Sun 1 2
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spicy breakfast potatoes
My mom makes a similar dish but with real garlic and shallots sautéed in olive oil, rather than garlic powder ... tastes delicious, but this quickie version suits me better on sleepy mornings. You can toss the potatoes in the oven at the same time as the French toast.

4-6 small roasting potatoes, cut into small chunks (the smaller they are, the quicker they’ll cook)
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. salt, plus more to taste
½ tsp. ground pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
serves: 2-3, depending upon how hungry
time: 5 minutes prep, plus cooking time

Mix up the spices. Add oil, toss with potatoes, spread on a baking sheet (lined with aluminum foil if you want easy clean-up). Bake at 350F for 30-45 minutes, till the potatoes are good and tender inside and a little crisp on the outside. Taste, and sprinkle with more salt if needed.

confetti scrambled eggs
So easy it barely warrants a recipe, but here you have it nonetheless…

4 eggs
big splash of milk or cream
½ red bell pepper
2 stalks scallions
monterey jack (or other mild, meltable cheese)
serves: 2
time: 15 minutes

Beat the eggs, along with the milk or cream. In a skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and sauté minced pepper and chopped scallions for a few minutes, till the pepper begins to soften. Pour in the eggs and cook over medium heat, stirring from time to time, until the eggs have set and lost their soupiness. Mix in the cheese until melty; serve with fresh-ground pepper.

the little touches
For the full-on pampered breakfast treatment, don't forget: 
1 fresh-squeezed orange juice (6-8 ripe, juicy oranges for 2 glasses)
2 hot cocoa with real whipped cream,  fresh coffee or hot tea
3 fresh fruit

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