Take a Shot at Collecting

Like many people, I’ve collected a few things in my life.

My first real collecting was really more of gathering toys than any intentional collecting. It started with legos. Thousands of legos. Next went to cards. First baseball and football, but also to Star Wars and other pop culture cards. Again, I collected them for the fun, more than the value. I spent about 10 minutes collecting stamps and had a decent collection of Roosevelt dimes, but I can’t say there was much excitement to it.

Now I only collect two things. The first is pounds. Unfortunately, not the British kind. If anyone wants my collection, I have plenty to spare!

The main thing I collect is shot glasses.

This started when I was a teenager. A good friend of mine went on a family trip to Glacier National Park and brought me back a shot glass. Shortly after that, I went on a self guided college tour of USC and UCLA and stopped in each bookstore. Not having much money, I wanted a quick souvenir, I picked up a shot glass at each. Since that time I have collected shot glasses all around the country (and in a few cases around the world).

My collection is currently over 200 strong with glasses from cities I’ve visited (like Memphis or San Francisco), attractions (Disney World and Yellowstone) and quite a few novelty ones (the Texas sized shot glass, the crooked one). I have plenty of plain ones with a logo (colleges and sports teams) and a surprising number of ones with additional parts (the three-dimensional moose, the guy in the sombrero climbing the side). On a trip to Europe several years ago I had to purchase schnapps glasses as shot glasses were not to be found.

When I first started collecting I said I’d take a shot from each of them. Not being a big shot drinker, I have fallen woefully behind.

Denver Omelet Cups

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These little cups are made in muffin tins and kinda look like they were made in large shot glasses.

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You can really put whatever you want in these.

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Stuff the tins with shredded potatoes.

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Fry some diced ham, peppers and onions.

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The cups are partially baked.

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Add the ham mixture and crack an egg on top.

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Cover with cheese and bake.

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An awesome little cup of flavor.

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Denver Omelet Cups

prep Serves 6 ∙ source Marthastewart.com


  • 5 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups frozen hash browns (1 pound), thawed
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced small
  • 1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced small
  • 4 ounces ham steak, diced small
  • 3 ounces cheddar, grated (3/4 cup)
  • 8 large eggs


1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Coat 6 nonstick jumbo muffin cups with 1/2 teaspoon butter. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt 4 teaspoons butter. Add hash browns and 2 egg whites; season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Place 1/2 cup mixture into each muffin cup, firmly pressing into bottom and up side of each cup. Bake 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small nonstick skillet, melt 1/2 teaspoon butter over medium. Add red onion, bell pepper, and ham steak. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide vegetable mixture evenly among cups and top with cheddar. Bake 2 minutes. Remove from oven and crack 1 egg into each cup. Season with salt and pepper and bake until whites are set but yolks are still runny, 8 to 10 minutes. With a small offset spatula, remove cups from pan and serve immediately.

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Categories: Baking3, Breakfast, Cheese3, Eggs, Pork2, Recipes, Vegetable4

Author:The Ranting Chef

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8 Comments on “Take a Shot at Collecting”

  1. August 8, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Now THAT’S a breakfast! I’ve done something on this idea using bread as the ‘crust’ but I really love the idea of using the thawed hash browns.
    Recently I worked on a recipe using frozen O’Brien potatoes etc. to make a potato dish. What I ended up with was a huge casserole of a ‘not very good’ potato dish because I ‘assumed’ the frozen potatoes – which I had thawed a bit – would be fully cooked in about 35 minutes. We ate around the edges where the potatoes were cooked & I threw the rest away…. I’d say that I’ve learned my lesson! Once again, dear ‘Ranting’ – great recipe and great story – as always!!


  2. August 8, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    this looks like a fun recipe for brunch with friends or to make with kids who like to help cook, but what I really want to ask is how you display your shot glasses? My husband has a pretty good sized collection as well (not as many as you), but they’re currently stacked atop one another on a few kitchen shelves. I’ve looked for wall units or other displays and they are either too small, inappropriate spaces, or ridiculously expensive and ornate. So, what do you do or do you have any suggestions?


    • August 8, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      I am lucky that the house I bought 19 years ago had a bar built down in the basement with shelving (including some sized for shot glasses). Unfortunately they are now 3-4 deep on the shelf. I’ve thought about putting a very small shelf around the perimeter of the ceiling that would hold the depth of one shot glass and end up surrounded by them but not sure the Ranting Wife would agree!


  3. August 8, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    This is a quick and easy breakfast I can make for my family on a busy morning. Thank you!


  4. August 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    This looks like it would be a quick and easy brunch thanks


  5. August 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Diet destroyer! Lol… this looks so good..


  6. August 10, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    This looks so good!


  7. August 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    This looks delicious! I will try it someday. Have a nice week!


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