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New Year and New Laughs

Each year brings ups and downs, joy and pain.  2013 was no different.

I did not do a lot of writing to this blog in 2013.  It was a year full of changes.  I went back to school to pursue my degree, I received a promotion on my job, and every few weeks I found myself on an airplane.  I started off 2013 with an empty nest and ended the year with a FULL house.

2014 will be a year in which I celebrate a semi-milestone birthday.  It will also be a year that will test the very core of who I am. Last night, my granddaughter asked what New Year resolution I had made.  I don’t usually make New Year resolutions.  However, I do resolve that in 2014 I will leverage my strengths and laugh so much more than I have ever laughed before.

One of the things I like to do is cook.  My husband and I are always on the prowl for great recipes.  I found a fantastic waffle recipe on Food52.com and I tweaked it for my family.  Since I had some fruit, I put it with a little of this and a little of that to make a fruit topping for the waffles.  Here is my version of waffles with wine poached fruit.  Enjoy!  And Happy New Year!

P.S.  First laugh of 2014.  My daughter did what college students usually do and slept VERY late today.  She missed out on the waffles.  LOL.

Waffles

 Makes approximately 6-7 waffles (6 1/2″ wide x 3/4″ thick)

Stir together and set aside:
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Combine in a medium bowl:
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Beat into milk mixture:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup melted butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or your favorite flavoring

  • Whisk milk mixture into flour mixture until clumps of flour are gone. Let batter sit for 30 minutes before making waffles.

  • Follow the directions for your waffle iron to cook the waffles.  If possible, serve immediately.  To keep warm, put in single layer on a perforated cooking sheet in a 170 degree oven.

Wine Poached Waffle Topping

4 apples or pears or combination of the two fruits
1/4 cup sweet red wine
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons of butter
pinch of sea salt

  • Peel, core and cut fruit into 1” chunks.  Mix fruit and all the rest of the ingredient in a saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat until fruit is soft.

  • Remove fruit from saucepan. Continue to cook liquid until reduced to a syrup.  Turn off heat.  Add fruit back to saucepan.  Stir fruit to coat with syrup.  Serve over waffles.