Archive for November, 2010

Chicken Sausage and Cheese Waffles

November 21, 2010

We love waffles at our house, we eat them for breakfast and dinner! I have always used them as a quick meal idea during the week, but since I have started batch cooking they are even easier and faster! They can go from freezer to dinner table in about 10 min or less, which makes them awesome for a night when we are getting home later than usual, or when one of us has to go somewhere after dinner. And when I make them from freshly ground whole wheat flour and serve them with a side of fruit, I feel like it is a decent meal!

This is a recipe adapted from a  Rachael Ray recipe, I changed the flour to whole wheat, and decreased the amount of cheese and sausage a little (my family didn’t notice the difference!)  Pay attention to the amounts, this recipe as written makes 25 waffles in our waffle maker.  Just as a point of reference, we have the older style thin waffle maker with 4 squares, if you were making belgian or shaped waffles you might end up with a different number of waffles.  Right now our family eats 3 waffles in a meal, so those 25 waffles gave us dinner last night and 7 meals in the freezer!  The most tedious part is dicing the sausage, and actually making the waffles.  I think I spent 2.5 hours churning out waffles last night!

Ingredients:
9 cups whole wheat flour
6teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
10 1/2 cups buttermilk
24 tablespoons butter, melted
10 large eggs
6 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 pound fully cooked chicken sausage, cut into ¼-inch cubes

Directions:
Preheat a nonstick waffle iron to medium-high. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.   In a large bowl, beat the buttermilk, butter and eggs. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir to form a stiff batter. Stir in cheese and the sausage.   Scoop 1 cup of batter onto the preheated waffle iron.

If eating right away, cook until done.

If freezing, cook until just done but not brown.  Cool waffles, and put in freezer in a single layer on a cookie sheet for 15 min. Once they are partially frozen, put them in ziplock bag.  When eating, just pop into a 350 degree oven and cook 5-10 min, until hot and light brown.

 

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A family divided

November 10, 2010

This week our family is split up, I am here in Florida for a work-related conference, Jack is with my parents at their house, and Truett is at home with Chris.  Whenever our family is split into different locations, it feels odd and a little unsettling.  I think we are all having a good week though, I have learned a ton at my conference, Jack has had a blast at Mimi & Papa Lloyd’s.  I find myself checking in with my parents several times a day, just to hear how Jack’s day is going, or how he slept the night before, or whatever.  Maybe it is the fact that he is still a baby, but I feel more at a loss being out of touch with his daily routine than I do with Truett, obviously not that I miss him more, it is just odd not to know what he is doing from moment to moment.  My parents are sending me pictures of him looking happy!  His favorite toy is his Papa, he loves climbing over him, sitting on him, piercing his skin with his razor sharp finger nails, and demands Papa’s undivided attention.  Apparently he has also started saying the word “uh oh” this week, which brings his word count up to two (I am pretty sure he is saying “mama!”) !  I hope he doesn’t decide to grow up too much this week.  Chris and Truett are having fun baching it at home, every time I call home they are doing something fun like watching Diego and eating pizza.  On the way home from big school yesterday, Truett was playing with his flying car (the doors open and look like wings), which he has creatively named “Gosey car,” he told Chris that he was going to fly his car to Florida and get Jack.  That might be the sweetest thing I have ever heard him say.  I miss the boys like crazy!