Today is ‘National Waffle Day’. Here are some Waffle Treats for you to make for your friends and/or family.
Sweet Potato Waffles – a great way to use leftover Sweet Potatoes or just to use your Sweet Potatoes. Good for Breakfast and or Dinner instead of Potatoes.
Gingerbread Waffles – this is definitely a ‘makeover’ using leftover Gingerbread pieces. This may not be appropriate for ‘National Waffle Day’ in August but keep it mind for your Winter Breakfasts or Desserts!
Hong Kong Waffles – a favorite of mine – fun to make and fun to eat. These Waffles are sold as ‘Street Food’ in Hong Kong but can easily be made with your Belgian Waffle Iron.
More Waffles – just an overview of the types of Waffle Irons and recipes available today!
Try one or more of these today or for your weekend Brunch, Lunch or Supper
Today is ‘National Candy Day’. Howa about trying this tasty treat called ‘Buckeye Candy’. This recipe was developed to resemble the fruit of the Buckeye tree which is indigenous to the State of Ohio. I was just there recently but forgot to look for the Buckeye tree. The recipe below is a tasty treat and is related to ‘Rice Krispy Squares’ – there are just more tasty ingredients in them.
Buckeye Balls are great to eat and make nice gifts too. Try them for an extra treat for Thanksgiving!
1/4 cup unsalted Butter Large Saucepan
5 cups Marshmallows Wooden Spoon
1cup Peanut Butter Chips Waxed Paper
1 cup Mini-Chocolate Chips Candy Bags or Plate
4 cups Rice Krispies®
Liquid Margarine or Soft Butter
- Melt the Butter in the Saucepan over low heat.
- Add the Marshmallows and stir constantly with the wooden spoon until the Marshmallows are completely melted; stir in the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips.
- Remove from the heat and add the Rice Krispies®; mix until the Krispies are completely coated with the melted Marshmallow mixture.
- Spread the Liquid Margarine or Soft Butter on your hands and then shape the Candy into Balls about the size of Ping Pong Balls.
- Place the shaped Candy onto a sheet of waxed paper or a glass plate. When cooled, place in a plastic bag or covered plate for storage or just serve and eat right away!!
Yield: About 20 Pieces
Waffles are a favorite food around the world and wherever you go you are sure to find a local favorite. They are definitely one of my favorite foods. Waffles need not be only a breakfast food. They can be used as a base for toppings for lunches, brunches or even dinners. There are Belgian or Brussels Waffles, there are Sourdough Waffles, there are Corn Waffles, Sweet Waffles, thin waffles, thick waffles, cookies that are made on waffle type irons and so on and so on.
A newly discovered favorite of mine is the Egg Waffle that is sold as a street food in Hong Kong. This waffle looks like a Belgian Waffle but is so soft that it can be rolled up and eaten. The traditional way to serve it is to spread it with Peanut Butter and then sprinkle sugar on it. I discovered a stove top iron that is made for this type of waffle. The grids, instead of being square look like round balls. Because it has so many eggs in it and has beaten egg whites in the batter that provide extra air, the waffle comes out very soft, but at the same very strong.
The Hong Kong Waffles is sweeter than most waffle batters. When I made it, I reduced the sugar by 1/3 and even then, it is still quite sweet. Besides providing sweetness, the sugar also helps to make the waffle softer than the usual everyday waffle. Because of the sweet quality this waffles is really only good for breakfast, as a snack or as a dessert. If the sugar is reduced too much, some of the soft quality will be lost.
This waffle is fun to make, fun to serve and fun to eat. Try them for yourself and see what different kinds of toppings you can come up with. My version combined fresh berries and sweetened whipped cream. I used a regular Belgian Waffle Iron to make these waffles and they came out fine. Even with the berries and cream, I was able to fold them and eat them without the use of a fork and knife. You can try this version or the traditional version which is to spread them with peanut butter or Nutella and then sprinkle them with granulated sugar. Try them and see! For the recipe, check under our recipe section/desserts.
We had Classic BLT’s for dinner the other night and that got me to thinking of all the ways in which the BLT can be altered. How many versions can you think of or create? Well, that is what I am planning to do with this blog. The Classic BLT is simply Toast with Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon and Mayonnaise. While the Classic BLT is very tasty, the ‘not so classic’ versions are really much more interesting and tastier. Anyone can come up with their version of a BLT but for starters I will list and describe a few below.
Our favorite is the BALT which is a Bacon Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich. Our bread preference is rye or Challah (Egg Bread) and we like it lightly toasted. Mayonnaise goes on the bread with sliced Avocado next and then the Bacon, Tomato and Lettuce. You can go a little further and add some sweet Vidalia or Maui Onion slices and create a whole new taste sensation. Another item that can be added is sliced Black Olives. Where can you go from here? Add your favorite condiments and the taste changes yet again.
Another favorite version of mine is an Egg Sandwich on Rye with Bacon and Tomato and of course Mayonnaise. Go a step further and add a slice of cheese to the hot Egg before adding the bacon and you have the nice sensation of melted cheese along with the Egg and Bacon.
How about a BLT on a French Roll with sautéed Onions and Red & Yellow Bell Peppers? Instead of regular Bacon, try it with Canadian Bacon, Proscuitto or Pancetta. (Pancetta is Italian style Bacon.) Add some sliced Turkey or grilled Chicken Breast and you have a Club Sandwich. Get a little more daring and add some Peperoncini or sliced Jalapenos to the Roll.
Create a different kind of sandwich and wrap the Bacon, Tomato and Lettuce in a Tomato or Spinach Tortilla and have a BLT Wrap. In this case, some mashed Avocado spread on the Tortilla before it is wrapped around the other ingredients would be very good.
Have you ever tried a BLT with Peanut Butter spread on the bread? If you are a Peanut Butter lover and a BLT Lover, you would get two of your favorites in one sandwich. If anyone out there tries it, please let me know how you liked it.
One last thing, don’t forget the Grilled Cheese BLT. There has been a big resurgence of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and nothing adds to the flavor of Cheese more than Bacon does. You might want to leave out the Lettuce on this one, so you would have to call it a Grilled Cheese BT. Whichever way you make yours, enjoy!
Note: For Bacon Cooking Instructions, please see our Recipe Section