DMC Cooking School ~ Crepes


DMC Cooking school  - Crepe’s

Ingredients

6 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
¼ tsp. salt
1 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons melted butter

small amount of butter, for coating the pan
Parchment Paper



Pre cut your parchment sheets.. I usually have 3 dozen
ready to go!








                        
                          Measure all ingredients into a 
                          blender jar; blend for 30 seconds. 
                          Scrape down sides. Blend for 15 
                          seconds more. Cover and let sit 
                          for 1 hour to allow flour to absorb 
                          more of the liquids. 


                                  
                          Very (very) lightly butter a pre-heated crepe pan or non 
                          stick saute pan to medium low heat. Pour 1/4 ladle full
                          of batter into pan and quickly turn and rotate to coat pan. 

                       
                          Let crepe sit till it begins to release from the sides of pan. 

 
See how the sides are starting to pull away from the pan? ! 

                         
                         Only cook on one side. With spatula, transfer to parchment paper
                         sheet. And voila!
                     

Celebrate | The Inspired Plate's December Issue


Celebrate.. The Inspired Plate's theme for the month of December! We all came to this 
month with different idea's and varying plans, but all of our ideas were novel just the same. 
I really intended to end this year with a "BANG".. photographically that is. Until December
actually came along and that BANG went "BUST" with all sorts of unexpected expectations.
Do you ever feel like your head is in a whirlwind and it's spinning round and round like one
of those awful tea cup rides at Disneyland? :) Honestly, I have been feeling overwhelmed
like that since October!


"I’m hurried and frazzled and sometimes bedazzled, 

I’m a jewel in the rough on a pink powder puff, 

I’ve got here to go there to go everywhere a kids show, 
Behind me, beside me, around me, “Please guide me!” 
Mom do this and mom do that, My dear husband reminds, 
“Don’t forget that”. I need a break, and I really do mean it, 
Just need to slow down so I don’t go ballistic, 
Inhale, exhale, don’t forget to breathe, 
I think if I pray, I’ll remember what I believe, 
On the wings of an eagle, He mounts me up high, 
Don’t have to be weary, with Him I can fly, 
He gives strength to the tuckered, and to him who lacks might, 
He increases with power to those who’d take flight. 
How absolutely awesome the Creator I know, 
So down on my knees in prayer I shall go." 
By Laurie M.Vengoechea ©


It's in one of these moments that I wrote this.. tap tap tap.. "I must remember to take
my own advice!" Needless to say, I didn't get everything done for this post that I would
have liked to. I did do all the shooting, but some of the other AMAZING gals are putting
together their end of the year Magazine Covers. WOW! I am so impressed and if time permits..
which, by golly Miss Molly I'm going to make happen, I too will put my efforts in creating
my magazine issue with the recipes included! I did start my Prep School layout.. but by 7pm
I knew I was too fizzled out to get beyond these photos. So here we go...


One of the photos I'm including here is my DMC Italian Filled Cookie. It's my favorite
cookie that our family has been making for years. It's quite similar to the Sicilian

Cucidati Fig Cookie, with the exception that mine is made with apple butter instead of Fig.

I will have this recipe up soon! Over the years my Dalla Mia Cucina cookie has had 
quite a few searches and raves. If you are looking to get your hands on this recipe soon.. 

 you can find it here. Although.. in my updated recipe I add a new ingredient that cuts down a bit on the sweetness and ads another flavor component that rocks the recipe! "Espresso Powder". :)


Our yearly Christmas celebration wouldn't even start without my Manicotti, Meatballs and Sausage! My kids beg us to stay home for the holidays to ensure they get their fill of this Holiday 
favorite. And then there is my traditional hot spiced cider with my DMC twist.. cherries! 
It's yummy for the whole family.. and perfect for a night of playing kid friendly games by the fire!


Before you go any further, please be sure to visit my friend Jennifer Grant | Metro Detroit Editorial Food Photographer. I'm so pleased that she has been with us all year and will continue
to rock our socks off with her amazing photography for another year!

I am SOOO excited to get through the circle this month.. we have some amazing talent here
at The Inspired Plate and it has been an honor to watch them grow throughout this year. I have
made friendships that I will forever treasure.. and even though some of the girls may not be with us full time this next year, we will see them for Alumni Posts and they will still be an ear shot away for us to chat and gab about creativity and business advise for new growth
within our group and our own successes.

Coming January we have new themes and some new talent too, so please come back,
we look forward to your visits and your comments too! If you haven't done so yet, visit our Facebook page and become a "friend"! We love visitors!


The Inspired Plate Challenge | November | The Holiday Table



Welcome to The Inspired Plate monthly challenge!

This month's Inspired Plate Challenge takes you into our personal spaces to see our Holiday Tables. Another busy month for all of us gals.. as you can see, our November post rolled a few days into December as we are all trying to gather ourselves back together after a very eventful Thanksgiving day of feasting and family gathering. I hope you all had wonderful visits with family and friends.. and I hope you had a chance to stop and take a few minutes to be thankful.. even the small things in my life that seem to have subtle value, if placed in the right perspective and light can make the dull and mundane liven up and bring life and worth to my everyday.  





My holiday table here is dressed simply with dishes of dessert, nuts and fruit.. and a delicious  coffee with a special frothed eggnog. Yum! 

Mini Pecan Tarts with a Shortbread Crust, Raspberry Thumbprint and Pirouette Cookies.
Fuyu Persimmon's 


Persimmons in season.. PERFECTLY DIVINE! I was introduced to Fuyu Persimmons last year. I had grown up with the Hachiya persimmon.. which I ate sparingly, but now I'm addicted to the crispness of the fuyu which can be cooked into a glaze for a pork or baked liked apples alongside a roast.


Black and Whites

The shear blue fabric draped across the table made a delicate center piece dressed with glittery aqua, silver and blue balls and little votives decorated with festive holiday stars and battery operated candles. I added silver sprayed eucalyptus branches for added festoon frillery.


The China is called "Liberty" by Lenox. Our wedding set that I love using and photographing whenever I get a chance!
Little snow painted pine cones tousled throughout the table decor adds a seasonal touch. I love the fanciful with the whimsy of nature. When you have kids.. it's inevitable that they will want to add some of their own touches too.