Note to self: just because the recipe in the New York Times food section only has three ingredients and a cooking time of fifteen minutes does not mean that you will be able to make it come out looking like the picture.
This arrangement for cooking potatoes in a frying pan looked simple, but clearly they were working with a much more expensive frying pan than I have. It might still taste good, if I can get all the charred bits off. . . after all only half the total amount of potato is burned. . .