Ask my husband, ask my mom, ask my coworkers: I am not a morning person. Despite my middle age, I still have to set an alarm clock every day, even weekends, or risk sleeping until lunchtime. Most days the only reason I want to drag myself out of bed is the promise of strong coffee and kid cuddles.  Not surprisingly, I usually skip breakfast. With that being said, I adore this recipe and wanted to share it. It is one of my tried and true, never fails me dishes. If you spend the night at my house, this is one of three things I will serve you when you wake up. And if you are questioning why a dinner blog might post a waffle recipe, consider it your next “breakfast for dinner” meal idea.

I was skeptical of 100% whole wheat waffles but these are incredibly light and almost crisp. I promise! Serve with fresh raspberries, maple syrup, whipped cream, and raspberry puree or your favorite waffle toppings.

Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles

from King Arthur Flour

This recipe makes about 4 large waffles. I always double it, cook up the extra waffles then freeze them wrapped in wax paper inside freezer bags. Homemade freezer waffles! Much healthier and cheaper than Eggos.

  • 1 1/2 cups (170g) King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (340g) lukewarm milk
  • 5 tablespoons (71g) melted butter or 1/3 cup (67g) vegetable oil

Preheat your iron while you make the waffle batter. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and butter or oil.

Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until combined. The batter will be a bit lumpy. Cook the waffles as directed in the instructions that came with your waffle iron.

Raspberry Puree

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 pint fresh raspberries or 10 ounces frozen raspberries defrosted
  • 1/4 — 1/2 cup sugar, honey, or maple syrup (to taste)

Blend ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth.

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Halibut with Asparagus Sauce

by Kelly on July 5, 2020

Remember the first weeks of the pandemic when a trip to the grocery store required intense planning and anxiety, and shelves were eerily bare? Although I quickly gave up on finding cilantro and toilet paper, I knew our basement full of freezer and pantry items would carry us through an apocalypse scenario, at least for a few weeks. I have never felt happier to have our Sitka Salmon Shares subscription stocking our freezer. If you are a seafood lover and live in the upper Midwest, I highly recommend the program. The seafood is caught by small boat fisherman in Alaska, processed and flash frozen, then shipped directly to your doorstep. You cannot beat the quality and convenience.

Last month’s delivery included halibut. I find halibut tricky to work with since it is low in fat and can be bland. This preparation is flavorful, fast, and fancy enough for a dinner party. Make sure to season the sauce well but salt the fish minimally. The prosciutto provides plenty of saltiness.

Captain Stu’s Halibut with Asparagus

adapted from Sitka Salmon Shares

  • 4 (1/4 lb each) halibut fillets
  • 4 TB butter, divided
  • 3 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 8 small, tender sage leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • minced chives and lemon wedges, for serving

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large skillet, melt 2 TB of butter over medium heat. Add the green onions and sauté until softened, about 1–2 minutes. Add the asparagus along with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a simmer. Cook until asparagus is tender and water has been reduced to 2 Tbsp, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and add the spinach, lightly stirring until wilted. Let cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth with lid vented. Season well with salt and pepper and set aside.

Arrange prosciutto slices in pairs, overlapping them slightly. Place halibut fillets in the center of each, season with salt and pepper, then top each fillet with two sage leaves. Wrap prosciutto tightly around each fillet.

In a medium pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining butter and a drizzle of olive oil. Place each prosciutto-wrapped halibut in the pan, searing on both sides until browned, about 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until halibut is cooked through. Halibut should be firm when pressed but try not to overcook. Remove the halibut from the oven and top each with asparagus sauce, and a sprinkling of chives. Serve lemon wedge alongside.

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Flag Cake with Berries and Cream Cheese Frosting

June 27, 2020

Between this year’s COVID-19, Presidential antics, and a national (long overdue) reckoning with racism, I find myself falling back on the comfort of baking. 2020 feels like a perfect time to bake more cakes and restart the blog. I spent many hours cooking for my family during our shelter-at-home quarantine and suspect that many of […]

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Zucchini, Bacon, and Gruyère Quiche

February 1, 2015

Well, it’s been a while dear readers. I’m really, truly intending to get back to regular posting and I’m starting off with my favorite quiche recipe. I’ve always loved quiche but didn’t begin to obsess about it until my 20s, living in Bucktown (when it still had a bit of grit to it) mere blocks […]

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Harira (Moroccan Chick-Pea and Lentil Soup)

January 20, 2014

I love eating new foods and try to cook or bake a couple new things each week. People ask a lot about where I get all the new recipes. Usually I take a look in my pantry to see which ingredients are taking up the most shelf space, then check my fridge to see what […]

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Pecan Pie Rugelach

December 2, 2013

Last week we celebrated my favorite two food festivities on the same day: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. This once in a lifetime event (the next occurrence won’t happen for about 70,000 years) was a perfect chance to try a bit of Thanksgivukkah fusion cooking. Since I usually make our Thanksgiving dessert, I picked out this pecan […]

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Rhubarb Ginger Syrup

June 25, 2013

Apologies to you all for the unexpected posting hiatus. I had to take a trimester off if you know what I mean… Like all my other pregnancies, this one announced itself with 24/7 nausea and an aversion to nearly all food. Luckily, my second trimester started this week and I am feeling better already. Though not […]

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Pasta and White Beans with Sizzling Garlic-Rosemary Oil

April 1, 2013

Happy Spring dear readers! If you’ve had enough Easter ham, Passover brisket, or just want to try a tasty vegetarian main course, here’s one of our newest “Meatless Monday” faves. Good friend and reliable recipe sharer, Leah, sent this recipe to me a few weeks ago, remembering that my kids love beans. My kids do […]

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