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Confession: I love Crêpes!

I just realized while looking at some of my work that I am absolutely in love with crêpes. There is something tremendously fun about applying batter onto an evenly heated cast iron crêpe maker and forming a 15″ disk using only a wooden rake. Even more satisfying is the ability to create dishes using crêpes as a base.  Imagine the batters you can create when there are no rules to follow.  If someone would ask me to write 100 different crepe recipes, I would say, no problem – give me two hours.  I have over the years created hundreds of dishes featuring savory, sweet and gluten-free crêpes. Just last week I featured a buckwheat crêpe filled with lobster, blood orange, bacon, frisee and avocado.  Just look at these ingredients!  Don’t they get you going?  Wouldn’t you like one, like right now?  See, this is what I am talking about!  I always crave crêpes!  They are a simple, fast and light food that anyone can enjoy morning, day or night. This week on our menu you will find a crepe filled with …

How To Create A Tasty Dish

As Chef at The Blue Door, I am required to create new dishes every week for both breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Among other things, changing a menu keeps us challenged and interested, and it also keeps our patrons coming back! And it is this kind of challenge that holds the most difficulty (but also the bulk of the satisfaction) for me, especially if our guests agree. So how do I create a dish?  I have been trying to develop a methodical and logical approach to this dilemma for quite some time and although creating a dish depends on many different factors like mood, time of day and inspiration, here is a graphic representation of my thoughts. For me, a new dish almost always starts with something that I like anyway – i.e. a specific food, flavor or cooking method that I truly enjoy.  After all, I believe that I wouldn’t & shouldn’t be serving something to you that I don’t enjoy eating myself! First Thoughts Since I believe that freshness is so important, I begin by looking …