PHOTO BY JOHN LEE

PHOTO BY JOHN LEE

One look at the cover of Richard Blais‘s new book Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate and you know this isn’t your average celebrity chef cookbook.

blais coverThe photo on the cover (look left) is the first hint that what’s inside is supposed to be fun, perhaps a little silly and totally irreverent. Like Blais, the recipes in the book have a spontaneous energy to them.

Take Sri-Rancha for instance. Mix Sriracha and lemon juice into ranch dressing. Boom – you’ve got Sri-Rancha. It’s the sort of thing you might do on a whim at 2 in the morning but Blais has the smarts to slap a cute name on it and publish it as a recipe.

His recipe for Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter and Coffee Butter is an accessible and fun introduction into Blais’s thought process. If you listen to his interview below, he explains that taking flavors we pair together everyday and combining them in new ways is one of the easiest ways to get creative in the kitchen. We already drink coffee with pancakes…so why not add it to our pancakes?

Keep reading for the recipe…

 

 

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