Yet most days, it’s eaten on the run. Weekends are the perfect time to slow down and give this meal its due.
Surprisingly easy to make, crepes are an elegant way to start the day, and they’re sure to delight everyone who sits down at your table.
Brown Butter Crepes Carbonara
Contributed by Kelly Sterling
4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick)
1¾ cup whole milk
4 large eggs
½ tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. sugar
1½ cups all-purpose flour
Carbonara Sauce (recipe below)
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, stirring continuously for 3–4 minutes. When the milk solids at the bottom of the pan start to turn golden brown, pour the butter into a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
Combine the milk, eggs, salt and sugar in a blender; cover and blend for a few seconds to combine. Add the flour and continue to blend until smooth, about 30 more seconds. Add the butter and blend until incorporated. Pour batter into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 1 day.
When ready to cook the crepes, stir and check the batter. It should have the consistency of heavy cream. Thin with more milk if needed.
Place an 8-inch crepe pan (or use a nonstick saute pan with an 8-inch base) over medium-high heat. With a folded paper towel, coat the pan with a thin layer of butter; it should gently sizzle. Using ¼ measuring cup, pour batter into the center of the pan and immediately swirl the pan in a circular motion to evenly distribute the batter. Fill in any holes with a bit more batter.
Cook until the edges of the crepe start to pull away from the sides of the pan and the bottom is golden brown. Flip with a small spatula and cook until the other side is brown, another 30 seconds or so. Slide the crepe onto a plate and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Repeat with the remaining batter, buttering the pan and adjusting the heat as needed. Leftover crepes can be frozen up to 1 month.
Top each crepe with scrambled eggs and roll up. Drizzle with Carbonara Sauce (recipe below), garnish with chives, and serve.
½ cup thick cut smoked bacon, chopped
2 cups creme fraiche
2 eggs yolks
Pinch of nutmeg
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated (plus more for garnish)
¼ cup chopped chives (reserve 1 Tbsp. for garnish)
In a large saute pan, cook the bacon over medium heat. When crispy, remove and drain on paper towels.
Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings and return to medium-low heat. Whisk in creme fraiche and bring to a simmer. Whisk in egg yolks, Parmigiano Reggiano, reserved bacon, nutmeg, salt & pepper, and chives. Remove from heat and keep warm while you assemble the crepes.
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The beauty of entertaining outdoors is that there is no formula to follow. People expect that outdoor parties will have a more casual vibe. And that opens the door to mixing, matching and infusing an outdoor space with your personality.
Designer Betsy Burnham, principal of L.A.-based Burnham Design, says the eclectic look is easy to achieve. “Try mixing rattan with wood. Try bringing in wrought iron, or using pieces from different collections together,” she suggests. “It doesn’t have to be static and certainly doesn’t need to look perfect.”
The key is keeping your focal area in mind. If your event is a wine tasting, the focal point will be the serving table. By varying the shape, scale and material – such as wrought iron and beautiful glossy pottery – you can have it look interesting from any angle, Betsy says.
“You’re more creative than you think you are,” she adds. “ You can mix it together, and it will infuse your vignette or outdoor living room with your personality.”
For more outdoor design tips, see how Betsy creates A Room Without Walls.
An expanse of lawn is more than just a grassy knoll. With an artful approach, it can become a room without walls.
Looking at your lawn or garden in this way liberates the boundaries of outdoor living. Designer Betsy Burnham, principal of LA-based Burnham Design, takes inspiration from indoors to create a comfortable hang-out spot on the lawn. “Set up an outdoor sectional in the backyard,” she suggests. “Then use an area rug to define the space and to set it off from other outdoor areas.”
Finishing the look with coffee tables, side tables, umbrellas and pillows adds visual interest and makes the area more interesting, she adds. Ultimately, your room without walls may become the most lived-in room outside the house.
For more outdoor design tips, watch Mix, Match and Make the Outdoors Yours.
As you shake off the last vestiges of winter and prep your outdoor furniture for another season, you may notice in the fresh light of spring that the cushions look a little past their prime.
Whether they are worn and faded or you simply want a brand-new look, replacing the cushions on your outdoor furniture is the easiest way to transform your outdoor space. No matter where you bought your furniture, you can reimagine your outdoor area using gorgeous Sunbrella® fabrics and famous Frontgate quality.
Taking cues from fashion and art, Frontgate designers work with the best fabric mills to curate a stunning array of durable outdoor fabrics in solids, stripes and prints. These fabrics make their way to our brilliant array of outdoor cushions.
With 54 solid, striped and patterned fabrics, plus 37 styles and sizes, you’re sure to find an all-weather cushion that will make your outdoor seating and dining look and feel brand new. So grab your measuring tape (read “The Right Fit”) and get ready to see your outdoor furniture in a whole new light.