Simple Crepes

Jul 4, 2013 by

There is a farmers market that we visit on most Saturday mornings.   They have great fresh fruit and vegetables, but we really go for the crepes stand that makes the best crepes in the world according to my pregnant wife, and she is always right.

So as she has been craving crepes all the other days of the week I set out to make some and they are so simple to make and so yummy to eat.

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Seriously, these are so simple.  You just throw some milk, flour, eggs, sugar, salt, melted butter and vanilla in a blender and blend.  Simple.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

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and seriously you just throw it all in in the blender and blend it for a minute or so until its smooth.

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I’m not going to give you the step by step, but here’s a good order to throw it all in.

Add eggs first, then milk, then all the dry ingredients.  blend it up, then add the melted butter and blend it up a little more.

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Throw the whole blender in the fridge for 15 minutes to an hour.  It can stay in the fridge for a couple days if you want to only make a few crepes at a time.  I’ve been making crepes for days and its awesome.

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Now I don’t have a fancy crepe pan so any large skillet will do, but it will take some practice.

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Heat the pan up on low to medium heat and swirl around a pat of butter to coat it well.  Pour in a bit of the crepe batter.  This will also take some practice to get the right amount.  You don’t want to fill the pan completely.   When the top is dry you will take a spatula and flip it over. Again this part takes a little practice but after one or two of them you’ll get the hang of it and make awesome crepes.  Let it cook for a few seconds on the other side, and now its time to add your toppings.

The great thing about crepes is you can make them for dinner or dessert or both.  Our favorite crepe from the crepe stand at the farmers market is the lemon squeeze which contains brown sugar, vanilla custard and fresh lemon juice.

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So simple and so good.   We also love the strawberry ones as well.  Actually we love all of them.

Since I was setting out to replicate the recipes from our local crepe stand I needed some vanilla custard.  Turns out that is super simple to make as well and it uses most of the same ingredients of the crepes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

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In a bowl pour the milk

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add the cornstarch

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and the sugar

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whisk it all up

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in a separate bowl, whisk up the eggs

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Pour the mixture into a pan on medium heat and stir constantly

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Stir until you get little bubbles forming around the edge then take the pan off the heat and set onto a cool part of the stove.

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Add a couple of spoonfuls of the warm mixture to the eggs and stir the eggs while you are doing this.

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Then add the eggs back into the pan with the rest of the mixture and stir stir stir

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Return it back to the heat and add in your vanilla and stir for another minute or two until it thickens up

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and you are done.   Seriously, this is so simple.

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Now add some of the custard to a zip lock bag and cut off a tiny corner of the bag to pour it out like frosting.

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a little brown sugar, a little custard and your favorite fruit and you are in heaven

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I particularly loved the blackberry one

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Top it off with some whip cream and revel in both the awesome flavors and in how awesome you are for making these awesome crepes.

If you are looking for something fun to make for your 4th of July, these will be a guaranteed hit.  Grab some of your favorite fresh fruit and you can’t go wrong.

Enjoy your 4th, stay safe, and while you are celebrating your freedom, remember to smile and cherish the simple things in your life that make it great.

Ben…

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Super Simple Sesame & Shrimp Noodles

Jan 25, 2011 by

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Was inspired by this recipe over at PioneerWoman.com and wanted to make a nice simple lunch today so I put tweaked it a bit, threw in some shrimp and voila.  It was so tasty, and super easy to make.

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There are not a lot to this recipe, but it does require a bit of Asian flavors that you may not have around in your kitchen.  Luckily I do like to do a fair bit of Asian cooking so I had what I needed on hand and just had to get some shrimp to make this happen.  You can find all of these things on the Asian isle of any grocery store.

Stuff you’ll need (Ingredients):

  • Noodles – any will work.  I used a wholewheat spaghetti noodle
  • Shrimp
  • Garlic – 3 or 4 cloves
  • Green onion
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chili Oil – I used Mongolian Fire Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Sesame Seeds

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Start boiling the noodles while you make your sauce

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In a bowl add 1/4 cup soy sauce

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3 tablespoons white sugar…this brings the sweet to the savory

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mince up 3-4 garlic cloves

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throw that in the sauce mixture

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add 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar.  I used a roasted garlic rice vinegar.  I love garlic.

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2-3 tablespoons of sesame oil now.  This stuff is awesome

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now for the Mongolian fire oil.  Start with a 1/2 teaspoon and add more if needed.  A little of this stuff goes a long way but its oh so tasty.

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now 4-5 tablespoons of canola oil to balance it out and give it some volume.

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also grab a couple tablespoons of hot water from your boiling noodles and throw that in and whisk it all up.

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take your green onion and chop it up

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set that aside for later

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Now when the noodles are done, drain and set aside, but keep them warm.  I cut all the tails off the shrimp because my wife doesn’t like them.

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I wanted to add some shrimp to this recipe, so I did.   I added about a pound.

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Throw the shrimp in a pan on high and add a little bit of the sauce you just created.  Stir the shrimp around for a minute or two

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While the shrimp are cooking add the remaining sauce to the noodles

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yummy

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then add the shrimp into the nooodles

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and stir stir stir.   Mix all those flavors together

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garnish with the green onion and some sesame seeds and enjoy

This was a very easy and quick little lunch to make and everyone enjoyed it.  I also now have a lot of leftovers, which is awesome and I’ll definitely be making this one again.

Ben…

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Bruschetta is awesome…and easy to make

Sep 13, 2010 by

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My tomatoes have attacked.   They are amassing in large numbers in my garden and there is no way to stop them.  I clearly planted WAY too many tomato plants, but hey, whats done is done, so lets eat them.

I love bruschetta and we were going to a party so I though it would be an easy side dish to bring and enjoy. 

You will need:

  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Bread

This is super easy so I’m going to go quick.

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chop up tomatoes into little chunks.

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Get a good bread knife like this…

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and make your bread look like this…

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get your garlic cloves ready to work

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scrape garlic all over the bread and lay it out on a baking sheet like so.  Take the rest of the garlic and chop it up real good.

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with your awesome tomatoes looking like this…

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add in the garlic

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and the chopped up basil

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add olive oil

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stir stir stir.  I also added a bit of white onion, but just a bit.

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You are going to toast the bread in the oven until they are golden brown.

Remove from the oven, grab a spoon and toss a big scoop on the toast.   Then eat another one, because they are awesome.  Have someone near by to stop you from eating all of them.

Ben…

If you have any good recipes involving tomatoes please send them my way.  My garden is still overflowing with them.

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