Savory Parmesan Rosemary Waffles

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Last Christmas, I received a Cuisinart Griddler.  I love it!  It is great for Panini’s, cooking meat like chicken or burgers and even grilling veggies like zucchini and asparagus.  I found that I could purchase waffle plates to swap out and since I didn’t oven a waffle iron, I decided to make the purchase.  These savory waffles were actually my first time using them.  I’m not a huge breakfast fan (unless it is a taylor ham, egg and cheese) so of course I would first decide to try a savory dish.  Well, they came out great.  The rosemary is not overpowering and the parmesan adds just enough cheesiness.  Now, I would imagine that not everyone owns the Cuisinart Griddler with waffle plates and might actually just own a true waffle iron.  So my suggestion is to double check with the manufacturer’s directions on actually cooking the waffles.  I give times for what worked for me, but feel free to adjust for your own appliance.

These waffles act great as the bread of a sandwich or even served alongside eggs during brunch.  They are light and fluffy and have just enough of a savory flavor to satisfy that craving.  So, enjoy, and make the first bite count!

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Total Time:  40 minutes

Servings:  16 waffles

 

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups milk (I used skim)

1/2 cup olive oil

Non-stick cooking spray

 

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.  Add the Parmesan and rosemary and stir to combine.

3.  In a small bowl, combine the eggs and milk and whisk to combine.  While whisking, slowly add the olive oil to blend.

4.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.

5.  Lightly coat your waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and set it to heat up according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

6.  When the waffle iron is preheated, give the batter a good whisk and add about a cup to the center.  Use a heat resistant spatula and spread the batter until all parts are just covered.

7.  Close your waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s directions.  On my appliance, it took about 5-6 minutes to cook through.  When waffles are to desired doneness, gently remove them to a baking sheet lined with an oven-proof rack placed on top.

8.  Repeat steps 5-7 until all batter has been used.  Place baking sheet in oven for about 10 minutes to add that extra crispness to the outside of the waffle.  This is also a good way to reheat the waffles if you are not using them right away.  Enjoy!

 

Adapted from Cuisinart Recipe Book

Bonefish Grill Citrus Herb Vinaigrette

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Luckily, there is a Bonefish Grill restaurant right around the corner from our house.  I love their food, everything from the salad to the bread to the bang-bang shrimp.  It’s all amazing 🙂  Unfortunately, going there for dinner every night of the week will wear on the wallet.  One of my favorite things, even though so simple, is their salad with the house dressing.  It is a citrus herb vinaigrette that is light and delicious all at the same time.  I was browsing the internet one day and came across a recipe for such a dressing.  It tastes almost identical.  Really… you have to try it.  You can certainly use it on any salad even as simple as lettuce and croutons, but I love pairing it with the bonefish grill salad:  lettuce, toasted pine nuts, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese, just divine.  And this dressing is so easy to throw together, just remember to allow enough time for it to chill in the fridge before serving.  Make the first bite count!

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Total Time: 65 minutes

Servings:  about 1 and 1/2 cups

 

Ingredients:

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons water

2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar

4 teaspoons minced garlic

1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice

2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions:

1.  In a small microwave-safe bowl, whisk together all ingredients.

2.  Microwave the combined ingredients for 1 minute on High.

3.  Remove the bowl from the microwave and whisk constantly for 1 minute to blend all ingredients.

4.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill before serving.

 

Adapted from Epicurious

Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats

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I love being in the kitchen and whipping up something delicious.  My dog, Hurley, also loves when I’m in the kitchen cooking because he gets to eat up all the little bits that might fall to the floor.  But sometimes I am actually making him a little treat.  I adapted these treats from a website I saw and they came out great.  Using all natural ingredients for a healthy treat, my dog gobbles these up.  Although, I have to admit, he is a lab and they eat just about anything.   But I have given them as gifts to friends and family with dogs and they eat them up just the same, so they must be good.

Not only is there delicious peanut butter and oatmeal but this recipe also calls for parsley.  The parsley is supposed to help with the bad breath that dogs so easily get.  I’m not sure it’s a miracle cure, but I think it helps take the edge off a little.  Also, I specifically bought whole wheat flour to use for these treats because it is healthier.  Since my dog doesn’t eat any table food, I was a little nervous about using white flour and what that might to his digestive system.  So far, on these whole wheat peanut oatmeal treats, my dog has not had any issues.  So try these treats and see how your dog likes them!  Make the first bite count (for your dog)!

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Total Time:  50 minutes

Servings: about 25 treats

 

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

1/2 cup non-fat dry milk

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 large eggs

1/2 cup water + more if dough is too dry

1 cup peanut butter

bone-shaped cookie cutter

 

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Lightly spray 2 large cookie sheets.

2.  In a large bowl combine the first 4 ingredients.

3.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and water together.  Add eggs/water mixture and peanut butter to the dry mixture.  Using a spoon or your hands, combine all ingredients.  If dough seems a little dry, add more water a tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together.

4.  Flour a flat surface and flour a rolling pin.  Roll out the dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.  Use the cookie cutter to cut out treats and place them on the greased cookie sheet.  The treats will not spread out when cooking so they can be close together on the cookie sheet.  When you run out of room to cut out more treats, combine the dough remnants into a ball and roll it out again.  Cut treats and then repeat until all the dough is used.

5.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and crisp.  Store in an airtight container.

 

Adapted from Hub Pages website