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April 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Crepes for breakfast? What would your mom do?

I had to laugh when the May/June edition of “Cook’s Illustrated” arrived in the mail Friday. Leafing through the pages I found a major spread with the usual how-to (and how not to) entitled “Foolproof Crepes.” I laughed because all last week my kid had been driving me nuts, nudging, “Can we have crepes for breakfast?” To which I replied: “No! I don’t have time. You may be off from school but I have to work!”

Besides, I told him, the batter has to rest for an hour before I can make them. “I’ll be out the door in a half hour. Do the math!” Indeed, the crepe recipe I’ve been using for the past 25 years insists you must rest the batter. Which I did on Thursday morning while he lay sleeping and I was enjoying a moment’s peace and a day off from work.

In case you were wondering: I got those Nutella to-go packets at DeLaurenti.

Turns out that rest (the crepe’s, not the kid’s) isn’t necessary according to “Cook’s Illustrated” whose recipe-tester acknowledged the controversy, noting that the practice of resting the batter is reported to make a more tender — and thinner — crepe.

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July 22, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Picnic? Potluck? Barbecue bash? Quick, make this!

It’s that time of year again: Summer, when we’re called upon to get into the kitchen (or not) and create something our friends and family can enjoy in the great outdoors. Last week, the call came from my kid’s day camp. “We’re having a potluck lunch! Send your kid to camp with enough to feed his group” (25, including the counselors). So, there I was, at it again, making my now-famous “deli” sandwiches, a custom begun back when he was in kindergarten and I was asked to supply something for a class potluck that speaks to our family’s ethnic identity. Scratching my head (gefilte fish? I don’t think so), I came up with this:

In my house, there’s no sub-stitute for this crowd pleaser. Homemade “hoagies” — as they call them where I grew up.

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April 7, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Seattle Edible Book Festival: “Last call for edible books!”

Forget the annual Seattle Times Peeps-show (I’d be ineligible to enter): every year I promise I’m going to try my creative hand at the Seattle Edible Book Festival, entering the literary fun-fest where readers cook-up goofball ideas marrying food and books. Like this one:

“Are You Bare Bun? It’s Me, Margarine” [Nice work, Janet Fryberger, whoever you are.]

My, how time flies. I was prepubescent when Judy Blume published “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” (Drippy Norman Fishbein! Mean Nancy Wheeler! Go-Bras!), recently re-read. I loved it at 10, and even more decades later.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed I find time to make it to the festival, held Saturday April 10 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Tickets are $10, free if you enter the contest. All the info you’ll need to compete or attend is right here.

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November 17, 2009 at 5:35 AM

She’s “17 and Baking” — teen blogger has recipe for success

If you’re a food-lover who loves to read about food, chances are you’re familiar with Molly Wizenberg, whose blog Orangette launched the memoir “A Homemade Life” (and whose husband launched the Ballard pizzeria Delancey). Perhaps you’ve heard of Shauna James Ahern, the Gluten-Free Girl whose blog and book co-stars her husband, “the Chef.” And Matthew Amster-Burton, whose Roots and Grubs blog birthed “Hungry Monkey,” the story of a Seattle dad’s quest to raise an adventurous eater. Now allow me to introduce you to the Bellevue high school senior who gets my vote for “most likely to succeed.” Her name is Elissa Bernstein and she shares her love for baking — and lust for life — as the vibrant voice behind “17 and Baking.

Bernstein takes the cake — and shared her recipe and photo for this beaut last July.

Elissa was 14, perusing the cookbooks at Costco when she spotted a book whose recipe for spongecake with meringue frosting would become the catalyst for her sweet obsession. “I convinced my mother to buy it,” she told me, and when her earliest effort “ended up looking exactly like the picture in the book,” her interest in baking snowballed.

At 15 she got a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas. Turning Sweet 16, she added to her arsenal a food processor and an ice cream machine. Her father — a terrific home cook and his only child’s No. 1 fan — bragged, “You’d have thought we got her a convertible!” Elissa celebrated the occasion by inviting friends to dinner. But not before they had a party in the kitchen, preparing three kinds of handmade pasta.

Today the Interlake High School senior is an intern at John Howie’s Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in Bellevue. There she works two days each week gaining school credit by prepping salads and desserts, torching creme brulees and baking cookies that impress the Seastar pros, who’ve begun to call her “the cookie intern.”

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