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Cooking up some love in the kitchen

January 18, 2019

When most people cook for their family, love is always an ingredient. Nothing provokes a warm, mushy feeling more than a thoughtful gesture like greeting a loved one with a plateful of delicious food. If the food happens to be in the shape of hearts, it’s like an explosion of the “feels” and a definite explanation point to “I so love you!”

Domestic dreaming has thrown me into a sea of promises that I fully intend to keep when I purchase one small kitchen appliance after another. I still have hopeful moments I’ll dig out the bamboo steamer I thought I had to have in order to make healthy meals for my family. When I watch infomercials, suddenly the perfect homemaker idealism kicks in and I’m on the phone at 2 a.m. reciting the numbers of my credit card to a random dude who assures me the best waffle maker ever made is on its way for my waffle making pleasure.

I’m never mad that I’ve made silly purchases in hopes of changing my weekly rotation of meals for my family. But I do wonder if sometimes, these products are less about improving our lifestyles and more about the unnecessary guilt we take a knee to because it’s about people we love. I’d never buy a waffle maker for myself, but I certainly thought my children would enjoy an occasional Saturday morning breakfast that was slathered with an avalanche of syrup. Fortunately, heart-shaped waffle makers are now available fairly cheaply at almost any store. Back in the day, I’d have to watch late-night TV to get my hands on such a toy as this, and oh how they have improved on the small kitchen appliances these days. This was a success on the first try.

Here are perfect little heartshaped waffles made especially for the ones you love. In light of the next holiday coming our way, I thought I’d be the first to prepare you with a few little ideas. This one is a perfect start to put a smile on your baby’s face. This is an easy, homemade recipe that will be perfect each time you fill your waffle maker. The love will be transformed into something sweet and edible.

HEART-SHAPED WAFFLES

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 large eggs, separated

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your waffle iron, spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks, vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.

Add the egg yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Fold in the egg whites.

Pour the batter onto your hot waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s directions.

Serve immediately with butter, syrup, powdered sugar or any other favorite toppings.

Janet McCormick is the author of “10-Minute Meals” and owner of Let’s Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.

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