Thursday, January 8, 2009

Memories and Melted Cheese

Sometimes the most memorable meals are not particularly indulgent or expensive, but ones you share with someone special, in a single magic moment. One of my most memorable meals was a crepe fromage that I shared with my husband in Paris. It was a perfect spring day. We had started at the Louvre in the morning, and leisurely strolled along the Seine, through the 7th Arrondissement, until we reached the Eiffel Tower. A street vendor prepared us a fresh, hot crepe, and we snacked on it together while watching the sun go down and the Tower lights come on.

Recipe for a Crepe Fromage (it's not Paris...only Paris is Paris):

Make the crepe batter by combining 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of warm water, 2 large eggs, 2 tbsp of melted butter, and 2 pinches of salt in a blender and blending until smooth. Let the batter rest for at least 15-20 minutes.

Warm a nonstick crepe pan or a well-seasoned carbon steel pan over medium heat. Pour a small amount (about 2 tbsp) of batter into the pan and swirl to coat the bottom. Cook until lightly browned, then swiftly flip over. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on half of the crepe, while letting the other side get browned. Fold the crepe in half over the cheese, then fold in half again. Serve hot, with a side of Paris.

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