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Crepes Two Ways, Recipes


Oh mon dieu.

I decided to make crepe batter a couple of weekends ago and things got a little away from me. A batch of crepe batter apparently makes about 122 crepes so found myself trying a few new recipes as well as just “snacking” on a little crepe with lemon and sugar here and there. Thank goodness there was no nutella in the house or I would have really been in trouble.

For the batter, I used Ms Stewart’s Basic Crepe Recipe. Don’t forget to refrigerate, the batter can last up to two days (I pushed it to three).

For the first meal, breakfast, I made a galette complète, sans recipe. Although I decided not to use a recipe for this, I’d suggest you do as I made a couple mistakes (here’s a good looking one for you).crepe 1

So what I did was make the crepes as the above recipe directs. I then laid them on a cookie sheet, filled the insides with ham, gruyere, and a raw egg, leaving room to fold over the sides about an inch. I then salted and peppered that shit. Using the egg as a glue, I folded over the sides an inch and carefully attempted to pop them into an oven at about 350 degrees. Can you imagine what might have happened? Well, the cookie sheet was a bit warped and had no frigging lip on them so my eggs were making a run for it and I was twisting and turning the sheet as if I was juggling trying to keep the eggs and galettes on it. Ultimately I lost the battle they ran onto the floor in a goopy mess so I had to start over, using a sheet with a lip. In the moment it was a disaster but in retrospect I wish it had been recorded as it was hilarious. Here is the finished product. The eggs ended up being overcooked so I’ll use the stove top method next time but overall – delicious. Pretty too, right?

And now… what to do with leftover crepe batter….? THIS.

crepe 2

I came across this recipe and had no idea how amazeballz it would be. I’ve thrown this into the regular rotation so you betcha you’ll be seeing more of this one. The crepe was salty and creamy and the honey sauce’s sweetness was a perfect compliment to it. I could eat it by the spoonful.

Spinach Artichoke and Brie Crepes with Sweet Honey Sauce
From Half Baked Harvest

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
    • 1 (8-12 ounces) bag fresh spinach
    • 1 (12 ounces) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
    • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
    • 1 (8 ounce) brie wheel, sliced into slices
Sweet Honey Sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Heat a large skillet oven medium heat and add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and garlic. Add the salt, pepper and crushed red pepper if using, cook for 2 minutes. Stir in spinach and artichokes, cooking for 5-6 minutes until spinach is fully wilted. Reduce heat to low and stir in the parmesan cheese, then turn off heat. Remove from the skillet.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil and honey. Place in a small sauce pot and warm through. Keep warm until ready to use. You can also do this in the mircowave.
  3. Wipe the skillet clean and heat over medium-low heat. Working with one crepe at time lay it flat in the skillet. Lay a few slices of brie on one quarter (basically make a triangle) of the crepe. Layer on the spinach and artichoke filling and then top with a few more slices of brie. Fold over the bottom of the crepe and then fold it over again to make a triangle. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the brie is all melty and gooey. Repeat with remaing crepes until the brie and filling are gone. I was able to make six crepes. Remove the honey sauce from the heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Drizzle the crepe with the warm honey sauce and dig in!

Cambridge Common, Harvard Sq


Where: Cambridge Common– 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138
When: September 2012

I used to be a brunch person going almost every weekend -t was my Sunday equivalent of church. I would roll out of bed, put on my Sunday worst (sweatshirt, sneaks, ponytail) and head down to Sound Bites around the corner for something delicious and typically greasy. This would usually be followed by a few hours on the sofa watching mind numbing tv as I was too full to do anything else. Why did I stop, right?

Well, I moved to a different part of town but I still jump at the chance to go out for brunch so was thrilled when a friend was in town at the last minute and suggested meeting up on Sunday morning. In shorts, tees and ponytails we headed to Cambridge Common to check out their brunch menu. We sat outside in the sunshine which was just perfect. They had me at Breakfast B.L.T.

The Breakfast B.L.T. comes with applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, avocado, baby spinach, and tomato with chipotle mayo on multi-grain toast and is served with home fries and fresh fruit. The combination of the salty bacon and egg with the buttery avocado and spicy mayo is out of this world. It’s a good sized sandwich but doesn’t leave you feeling like you just ate a whole cow. The home fries were good as well – nice and crispy.

Overall, service was good and we got plenty of coffee refills (perhaps too many even). We were happy to able to sit outside as its a little dark indoors (great for nighttime though). Food was crave worthy. I’ll be back, as I always am.

How did Cambridge Common measure up? 3.75 Spoons!

Full Moon, Huron Village


Where: Full Moon – 344 Huron Ave Cambridge, MA 02138
When: June, 2012

A neighborhood friend of mine suggested Full Moon, which is only a few blocks away from me, when I first moved to Huron Village in Spring of 2010 but only just made it over there. I had been told it was a “family friendly” restaurant but I guess I didn’t really understand what that meant. I assumed “family friendly” meant that they have a kid’s menu but this place practically caters to kids. There were as many children there as there were adults, the tablecloths were paper and a cup of crayons were at every table. There was also a playroom with train tracks where kids could roam free and roam free they did. Don’t get me wrong, I like kids (sometimes), but as someone who doesn’t have any I was a little overwhelmed by the noise level and constant stimulus.

As good as the food was, if you are child-less I wouldn’t recommend going here as there are plenty of other great places to go. If you dislike children, whether you have them or not, I would tell you to run in the other direction.

The food was good. Eleanor had the pancakes with whipped cream, fresh fruit & bacon. I personally don’t think bacon has any business being on the same plate as pancakes but since they refused to leave I did have to give her pancakes a little attention. Good fluffy pancakes.

I had the smoked turkey sandwich, bacon, avocado, Russian dressing, lettuce, tomato, with greens. The greens were a little heavily dressed for my liking but the sandwich was stellar. My plate seems small with all that food on it and I think I made more of a mess than any child in the place did. I would definitely get that sandwich again though, the combination of the salty bacon with the buttery avocado, fresh greens and tomato and creamy dressing was perfect.

“We like to think of Full Moon as a parent’s dream come true” – New England Travel & Life

“I like to think of Full Moon as the childless person’s worst nightmare” – Vanessa P.

How did Full Moon measure up? 3.75 Spoons!

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Andy’s Diner, Porter Sq


Where: Andy’s Diner –   2030 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA  02140
When: April, 2012

With a friend in from New York for a Kentucky Derby shing ding I thought there was no way she would drag herself out of bed (after only getting in it a few hours earlier) to have brunch with me. But she did! Originally we planed to go to Sofra but after looking over the menu we decided we wanted to try somewhere with more options (not that I would not be completely happy brunching off of donuts alone). I threw around a couple of places, one of them being Andy’s Diner in Porter Sq. I swear I had heard that this place was great as its right next to the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts but I must have misheard as it was far from great.

I actually really like the atmosphere – its this unpretentious diner type place with no frills and slightly curmudgeony older waitresses. The clientele is a good mix of young hipsters and older families. The location is great. Sadly, the food was disappointing.

I got the Denver Omelet which was fine enough but bland and a bit on the dry side. The home fries that came with it were super dry and had no seasoning. I couldn’t even get them to taste good by drowning them in ketchup. Out of everything I ate mostly toast as that was the best thing that came with my meal.


Overall, I like the atmosphere but I wouldn’t go back because of the food.

How did Andy’s Diner measure up? 1.25 Spoons!

Spinach Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette and Fried Egg, Recipe


You had me at Bacon Vinaigrette…

I was looking for a salad to make for a Saturday lunch and thought this was perfect. Indulgently rich and salty and yet it is a salad so it gives the impression of being healthy. Yes, sneaky deliciousness.

The bacon vinaigrette was delicious and everything worked really well together. The only thing I will do differently the next time is cook the bacon a little longer as, although it looked very cooked and brown while frying it, it got soft and a lighter in color once it had been made into a dressing. This is a keeper – how great would it be as part of a brunch?

I’ve posted the recipe below the photo for your pleasure!

Spinach Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette and Fried Egg
From the Tastespotting Blog

makes 4 salads (yeah right)

4 very large handfuls of baby spinach, washed and completely dried
1 large or 2 medium/small avocados, peeled and sliced
Bacon Vinaigrette (see below)
4 eggs, cooked sunny side up
salt and pepper to taste

In each salad bowl or plate, place a large handful of spinach. Divide and arrange avocado slices on one side, then fried egg. Drizzle generously with Bacon Vinaigrette and hit with fresh cracked black pepper.

Bacon Vinaigrette
makes about 1 cup

6-8 slices of bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon cooking oil (I used grapeseed)
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 shallot, finely minced
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon each)

Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until cooked through but still soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and shallots and cook until garlic is fragrant (but doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through), about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and drain off as much of the bacon grease as you can.

Pour the cooked bacon, garlic and shallots in a bowl. Whisk in vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tryst, Arlington Center


Where: Tryst – 689 Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02476
When: February, 2012

I stumbled upon Tryst’s menu while looking for brunch places to go with Beth and Daniela last weekend. Being car-less by choice, I don’t get out of Cambridge and Boston very often so thought it would be fun to explore a bit as I had the luxury of being picked up and dropped off (thank you, D!). Tryst caught my eye with their sexy, website and delicious looking dishes. Sold.

20120212-175223.jpgWe headed over around 11:30 Sunday morning and were promptly seated by the window, which was wonderful as the sun was out in full force! Our server was very friendly and made some honest recommendations which we appreciated and definitely helped with my decision making (omelet? french toast? tacos??). While we were waiting for our dishes to come out he were brought these adorable little breakfast appetizers. This photo is a little misleading as they appear to be normal sized but keep in mind that little jug of milk holds about a 1/4 cup. The pastries were small enough to eat in a bite or two. Cute.

The menu all looks delicious with everything from shrimp tacos (my fav) to omelets. Sitting there trying to decide what to get I vowed to come back again for dinner sometime.

I decided on the Croque Madame which came in a skillet oozing with cheese and mornay sauce. It was definitely a knife and fork kind of sandwich, there was no picking this beauty up. The sauce was perfectly done and the ham to bread ratio was spot on. I usually opt for the Croque Monsieur so it was a nice change to have a fried egg on top, I suppose that’s what made it more brunch-y. It came with a side salad (anything else and you might have a heart attack right then and there) which was a little too salty for me but overall fine. I also had their coffee which was lovely, I might be turning into a coffee snob after all.

20120212-175247.jpgDaniela got the Huevos Rancheros which was 2 fried eggs, beans, avocado, jack cheese, crispy tortilla & spicy tomato sauce. It was delicious and I didn’t have to just take her word for it, we all got to taste each others plates which was nice. I believe when we traded bites we simultaneously said “Ymmm but I still like mine better!”. We made good choices. D also got a side of breakfast potatoes which were delicious.

20120212-175241.jpgBeth ordered the Sloppy Paul, which she thought said Sloppy Balls when our waiter told us about it which obviously caused fits of giggles and innuendos. We are very mature. The Sloppy Paul was a Sloppy Joe type sandwich smothered in Bolognese sauce served with these homemade tater tots with cheese inside. The tots were served with a side of roasted tomato aioli which easily good as well.

Overall, everything was delicious and i can’t wait to go back! I’d even, gasp, take the bus for Tryst. It’s casual enough for brunch, nice enough for dinner, great for groups or a date. Not sure I would pick it for a particularly romantic date but maybe I just didn’t pick up that vibe as it was so early in the day.

How did Tryst measure up? 4.25 spoons!

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Stephi’s on Tremont, South End


Where: Stephi’s on Tremont – 571 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118
When: October, 2011

Columbus Day! A time to celebrate a day off work by dragging a very hungover friend out for mimosas on a blazing hot Fall day!

Dan and I picked Stephi’s on Tremont in the South End as they have a patio and he planned to bring his very little puppy, Teddy, with us. Perfect, although we didn’t consider that we’d have dozens of strangers stopping to pet the puppy every 3 minutes. Including one drugged up guy who told Teddy he was going to “snuggle the fuck out of him” and then walked off and punched a pumpkin. Yikes.

We both ordered mimosas while looking over the menu. Dan decided between the hangover and the heat he wasn’t ready to eat but that didn’t stop me, naturally. I ordered the bagel and lox which was huge! Bigger than my head. The lox was fresh, bagel crunchy and yet chewy on the inside and there was just the right amount of cream cheese and onions. It was so good we had to celebrate with a couple more mimosas.

Simple but spot on.