::is a crepe fiend::
The best way I've found to make sure crepes don't tear is to let the batter sit for a while. I usually let it rest in the fridge for anywhere from half an hour to an hour before cooking. It's crazy but it makes a huge difference (thank you Alton Brown). I also add vanilla and powdered sugar to mine
I use butter in the recipe and also instead of oil for greasing the pan, but then again I probably use too much butter in everything . . .
I'm always looking for quick meals that are fast, easy and don't involve feeding a small army. Most of my cooking instruction growing up involved feeding at least 8 people; it took me a long time to get used to cooking for only two.
On top of that, Sean and I have some vastly different likes/dislikes, so most of what I make are pretty middle-of-the-road and inoffensive dishes.
gets used a lot in my kitchen - I use it as everything from a meat rub/marinade base to a soup or stir-fry pick-me-up to just handing it to Sean if he thinks something's a bit bland. He eats the stuff straight-up.
One of my "ridiculously simple quick an' easy meal ideas that generally don't suck":
BBQ Chicken Bits - 10 minute meal
Chicken Breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
Using medium or medium-high heat, cook chicken in a shallow pan (preferably non-stick) with the sauce. Cooking time will vary by the size of the chicken bits but shouldn't take very long. Add more sauce after cooking if you want, but actually cooking the sauce along with the chicken gives a nicer flavor so it's best to be quite liberal with it in the beginning.
This is a meat dish that cooks VERY quickly and pairs well with nearly any side. I usually do instant rice, stuffing, or some other quick carb like mac and cheese (gotta get the kind with character shapes!) and a green frozen vegetable like broccoli or green beans.
Also, never underestimate the power of a good beef roast
- unless, of course, you're Temple and violently allergic. I'll make a decently-sized one and have a basic hot roast beef dinner (gravy, 'tatos, salad, veggie) the first night and then use it in various dishes for the rest of the week.
Stuff to do with a roast:
- Stroganoff (simplest form is bits of beef + cream of mushroom soup + cooked egg noodles, can be "spruced up" with other things)
- Hot/Cold sandwiches, especially toasted with a nice cheese, or open-faced with leftover gravy
- Beef-based soups
- Just gnaw on a chunk cold from the fridge because roast beef is AWESOME!