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Dr. Handsome
Published February 6, 2008 in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

When you are a guest at a Bed and Breakfast there are two ways to endear yourself to your hosts. The first is to let them know when you will be arriving. Knowing when you will be coming allows your hosts to schedule other events that must occur to make your stay enjoyable. In addition to the cooking and the housekeeping, someone, most often the host, has to buy the groceries, make the bank deposits, go to the post office, or on special occasions just get out for a walk. The second is to show up for breakfast at the appointed hour. Most inns serve breakfast at a specific time or in a time range. It is very difficult for B&B’s to do short order cooking or to be on standby for an unknown meal time.

With that said, let me tell you the story of Dr. Handsome. Dr. H. was a plastic surgeon in Hollywood and was a very, very attractive middle-aged man. The first impression was that of an immaculate appearance, impeccable manners, and flawless personality. But somewhere between afternoon check-in and breakfast, something happened.

Dr. H. presented himself for breakfast at the appointed hour wearing his moth-eaten, not so clean, tattered pajamas, uncombed hair that looked like Woody Woodpecker’s mullet, and bare feet. He straddle his chair at the breakfast table as though it were a wild horse needing to be broken, poured a cup a piping hot coffee all over the table and on to the floor, yawned and scratched himself all during the meal, and ate like a man that had never seen a knife and fork in his life, must less had the skills to work on someone’s face. He was reminiscent of the cartoon character Pigpen. Only instead of a cloud of dust around his head he was shrouded in unkempt and upheaval. The table conversation was somewhat lacking this particular morning as no one could take their eyes off of Dr. H.

After breakfast, he returned to his room only to reemerge an hour later transformed into his beautiful arrival persona. We could only conclude that somewhere in his luggage was the miniature princess he traveled with that kissed the toad each morning. In preparation for a replay the next morning we decided to serve a special entrée that would allow our guest to keep their eyes on the breakfast plates.

Crępes

  • 1/2 cup Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

In medium bowl, stir together pancake mix and flour. Add water gradually, stirring until smooth. Stir in eggs and butter. Preheat a 5 to 6-inch non-stick frying pan or crępe pan over medium-high heat. Spray with Pam (before cooking each crępe) and spoon 2-3 tablespoons of batter into center of frying pan. Tilt to coat bottom of pan evenly. Just a thin layer of batter should cover the pan. Cook crępes until delicately browned; turn and cook lightly on other side. Makes 18-24 crępes.

Crępe Filling

Roll the crepe with a single berry or a combination of berries, such as, blueberries, sliced strawberries, blackberry, or raspberries as filling. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or sprinkle with powered sugar.

Inn Tip: Make crepes ahead; they will keep about a week. Place a sheet of wax paper between crepes to keep them from sticking together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Crępe are best when served slightly warm. Place a stack of three in the microwave for 20 seconds before filling.

If you are using frozen berries, be sure to drain well

Use the extra crępes for dinner. Fill with chopped spinach and ricotta cheese. Roll and top with marinara sauce. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese and place under the broiler until bubbling hot.

763 7th Avenue,
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

(907) 451-6649
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