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Published: Sunday, 12/13/2009

Crepes make a great holiday dessert

Crepes are a very thin, unleavened pancake made with a thin egg batter and cooked on a very hot pan. Then usually each is filled with a sweet or savory filling.

Crepes can be made ahead, stacked between sheets of parchment or wax paper, and then wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated until needed. Or pre-made crepes can be bought.

Mexican Christmas Crepes are filled with Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche ice cream and then placed on Mexican Chocolate Sauce, sprinkled with sugar, and served. Dulce de leche is a sweet caramel made from milk and sugar which can be used as a dessert or a sauce; in this case, the ice cream company has used it to flavor ice cream.

At right is the recipe for this great holiday dessert.

The 100 finalists for the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest to be held April 11-13 in Orlando have been announced. Eight finalists are from Ohio: Linda Bibbo of Chagrin Falls, Katie Erbeck of Cincinnati, Beth Durnell of Columbus, Cindy Egersdorfer of Cuyahoga Falls, Amy Warren of Maineville, Susan Spicko of Newton Falls, Yolanda Sue Bowser of Solon, and Dennis Deel of Wooster.

There are no finalists from Michigan on the list.

The finalists will compete in four categories: Breakfast & Brunches, Entertaining Appetizers, Dinner Made Easy, and Sweet Treats. The Grand Prize is $1 million.

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau will hold its Dine About Town San Francisco Jan. 15-31 with a two-course lunch menu for $17.95 and a three-course dinner menu for $34.95. The complete restaurant list will be posted at onlyinsanfrancisco.com/dineabouttown beginning Tuesday. Dates and times of participation vary by restaurant. A la carte menus are also available. American Express is the preferred method of payment for Dine About Town.

Among the more than 100 participating restaurants are Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, Asia de Cuba, Le Colonial, and Scoma's Restaurant. New to the promotion are 5A5 Steak Lounge, Amber India, Eclipse, Midi, and Waterbar. Reservations are encouraged. Through Jan. 31, there are 15 participating hotels offering a two-night minimum stay and complimentary parking if paying by American Express. For information visit onlyinsanfrancisco.com.

The 21st anniversary of the Boston Wine Festival will run from Jan. 8 through April 2. Hosted by the Boston Harbor Hotel, the festival offers more than 50 wine and food pairing events including evening receptions, wine seminars, dinners, and themed Sunday brunches. On Jan. 14 and 15, the Battle of the Cabernets Dinner will be held for $225 each. On Feb. 9, Malbecs from Around the World will be $145. On Feb. 14, a Valentine's Brunch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be $75. For a complete brochure, visit bostonwinefestival.net.

Kathie Smith is The Blade's food editor.

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