I heard birds chirping this week.

I saw ducks in our lake and green things popping out of the ground. It smells like spring is coming, and despite the fact that it rained 100% of the weekend, I’m still feeling optimistic.

Buckwheat Crepes with Chicken, Asparagus, and Gruyere | Things I Made TodaySpring changes everything around here. The farmer’s market opens in mid-April, meaning our weekend routine changes completely. The sun stays up past 6pm, allowing us to take a nice, long, wear-your-toddler out walk before bedtime. There are no more wet boots to trudge in and out of the house, or lone mittens to find when you’re already running late, or cars to start so that you can leave the house without your teeth rattling.

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Sure, as unoriginal as it sounds, I’m excited for winter to be over. I’m ready for all the good things that come with spring, including—of course—asparagus. One of the first vegetables that’ll be popping out of the ground here shortly, and one of my favorites.

Buckwheat Crepes with Chicken, Asparagus, and Gruyere | Things I Made Today

I like it shaved into salads, made into pesto, for breakfast, or in this addictive lemon and pancetta dish. But this week, I wanted it snuggled into a crepe, together with some shredded chicken, red onions, and creamy gruyere cheese.

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I chose to make the crepes out of buckwheat flour to give them a more interesting, more wholesome flavor and texture, but you can go a more traditional route with all purpose flour as well. As for the filling, it’s perfectly balanced like a savory crepe should be. It tastes like spring. And I’m ready for that.

Buckwheat Crepes with Chicken, Asparagus, and Gruyere | Things I Made Today

Buckwheat Crepes with Chicken, Asparagus, and Gruyere
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 4-6
For the crepes:
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For the filling:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, end trimmed, cut on the bias into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter, for greasing the pan
  • 2 scallions, chopped, as garnish
To make the batter:
  1. Combine flour, milk, eggs, butter, and salt in a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
To make the filling:
  1. Season chicken thighs generously with salt. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until it starts to brown, turning occasionally, until it's cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let cool slightly. Once cool, shred with forks.
  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan. Turn heat to medium high and add red onion. Cook until it softens, about 5 minutes, then stir in garlic and asparagus, and a pinch of salt. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and stir in shredded chicken and gruyere cheese. Set aside.
To make the crepes and assemble:
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and let melt. Using a paper towel, spread butter around and wipe off any excess. Pour about ¼ cup of crepe batter into the pan, swirling as you go so that the batter coats the entire pan. Cook crepe until it starts to brown, about 1 minute. Flip and cook other side for about 30 seconds. Transfer crepes to a plate and repeat with remaining batter. You'll end up with 4-6 crepes.
  2. Divide filling evenly among crepes. Fold edges over the center. Place folded crepes back into pan to allow cheese to melt for about 1 minute. Garnish with scallions and serve immediately.


The last few weeks, I feel like we’ve descended into moderate chaos.

We kicked off a what-feels-like major construction project in our home. There is dust flying everywhere. All doors in our house are shut to keep it out. The project, which I’ll share more about later, is already going to take twice as long as originally predicted. But even though everyone told me that was going to be the case, I’m still somehow caught off guard.

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They say life is all about facing new challenges.

They say you should shoot for the moon, and even if you miss you’ll land among the stars. Coming from a Russian household landing among the stars would be considered a failure, so I never understood that quote. But I digress.

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About 6 months ago while Jason was away for work, I walked into Sur La Table all bright eyed and cheery and walked out with a pasta roller. I went home, put Theo to bed, and then poured myself a heavy glass of wine. I was going to make fresh pasta, and I was going to be super chic by filling it with an egg yolk—how on trend—and then I was going to Instagram the shit out of that dinner.
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