Family Recipes

Category: Family Recipes

358. Recipes Contest: Julian Family’s “Roll-up Pancakes”

 Barrington attorney and father of three, John Julian, has a special skill in the kitchen.  Turns out, he’s a master at making crepes!  (Who knew?) Over the years, the process has become a favorite Julian family activity and, today, John is sharing his crepes recipe with us for our Barrington Family Recipes contest.
We’ve been collecting recipes for our contest since September.  Heinen’s grocery store in Barrington has given us seven generous gift cards to give away to seven winners in our contest which is coming to a close.  Once we reveal the remainder of our recipes this week, we’ll open in up to a vote and announce our winners by the end of 2013.
(To view all of the Barrington Family Recipes we’ve shared to date, CLICK HERE.)
When John shared his recipe for crepes, which his kids renamed “Roll-Up Pancakes“, we asked him how they became a go-to family recipe and here’s what he had to say:
“Despite the fact I really like to cook, crepes are something that had always impressed me as something I could never pull off. Why the mystique?”
“Maybe childhood trips to that homage to crepe-making, the Magic Pan in Woodfield, made it seem like magic.
Maybe it was the 1970s commercials showing how easily a crepe could supposedly turn into a major disaster in order to sell Teflon pans. I don’t know. But when my wife and I got married, she was already well-versed in making crepes from a recipe that had been on a one-recipe-per-day calendar she once owned. She convinced me that I too could make crepes.
Over the years, Lynda and I have made crepes probably hundreds of times. We believe in getting our kids into the kitchen and this is one recipe they all know and love. As each of our three children grew, we taught them to make crepes too.
Somewhere along the way, one of our toddlers started calling them “roll-up pancakes” and that nickname has stuck. Now, it’s not unusual for them to come home from having spent the night at the home of a friend to tell us they introduced their hosts to the world of roll-up pancakes.
I love this recipe because it’s easy, fun and versatile; it binds our family in so many ways and allows us to share something with other families too.”
So, without further delay, here’s the Julian family’s beloved recipe for crepes.  (I mean “Roll-up Pancakes”) ……

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356. Family Recipes Contest: Karen Russell’s Reunion Cake

 With Christmas just days away, chances are you’re planning to reunite with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while.  So it’s the perfect time to share Karen Russell’s Reunion Cake, a recipe she learned from her Aunt Emiline and shared with us for our Barrington Family Recipes Contest.  Karen, by the way, is an artist who creates beautiful pottery right here in Barrington.  She embellishes her plates and bowls with clay-formed flowers, berries and leaves.  For these images, we plated her Reunion Cake on dishes handmade by Karen.
We’ve been collecting recipes for our contest since September and have been revealing them at 365Barrington, one by one, in recent weeks. Heinen’s grocery store in Barrington has given us seven generous gift cards to give away to seven winners in our contest which is still open for submissions.
(To view all of the Barrington Family Recipes we’ve shared to date, CLICK HERE.)
To enter the contest, all you have to do is CLICK HERE or enter your favorite recipe for our collection using the form below but this is the LAST CHANCE TO ENTER.  We’ll be revealing our winners in the coming days and, judging by her delicious Reunion Cake recipe, Karen could be a front runner.
We asked Karen to tell us where she learned to make her Reunion Cake and what she loves about it and here’s what she had to say:
“My mother came from a family of ten children. Nine married and had children so our Auer Family Reunions were very well attended with every family bringing a dish or two to pass. The third oldest, Aunt Emiline, was an excellent baker and this was often her contribution which is how the cake became the Reunion Cake.”
“It should be made a day or two before serving so there are no last minute preparations. The cake is not frosted so is easily transported. Being such a rich moist cake, the pieces should be small serving more people than a traditional cake. The Reunion Cake stays moist and very good several days without refrigeration.”
Thank you for sharing, Karen.  I can’t wait to try this recipe for our family’s Christmas this week……

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