Cinnamon Spiced Bacon Waffles

June 20, 2010 by Katie  
Filed under Breakfast

My waffle obsession really started just before Jason and I were married. As a gift, my Grandma Joan gave us what we call a “waffle stick maker” that basically makes waffles in individually little sticks. Suddenly we were whipping up waffles for breakfast two or three times a week. I think you all have figured out by now that we eat pretty well in the Clack house. With pre-packaged waffle mix, there’s no excuse to not be making waffles more often!

Normally I’m happy with just smothering peanut butter all over my plain waffles with bacon on the side. But when I saw Giade De Laurentiis actually put bacon inside her waffle batter, I just about died and went to heaven. What a genius idea! I made a few tweaks to her recipe and this is what I came up with. The sugar helps bring all the other flavors to life without being overly sweet. In just 15 minutes you can enjoy an easy homemade recipe that will win over any guest.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut on Rosemary Skewers

June 17, 2010 by Katie  
Filed under Seafood

I can’t figure out why I’m having such a writer’s block when it comes to this post. Afterall, these prosciutto-wrapped halibut skewers are one of my top ten favorite things to make. Maybe that’s why. I’m struggling with finding the right words to capture how truly delicious these are. I should probably invest in a thesaurus. : ) These skewers are too awesome for words! They are the reason I counted down the days until halibut season opened last month. If you like to cook seasonally like me, now’s the time to buy halibut.

There’s a few philosophies I have about food and cooking that will become evident in a short amount of time. I’ll share one of the most important ones with you tonight since it’s relevant to the recipe.

#1. When in doubt, wrap it in bacon, prosciutto or pancetta.

Simple as that. You know how Bubba from “Forrest Gump” was the king of shrimp? “Shrimp salad, shrimp soup, bbq shrimp”….and he went on and on. Well that’s like me and bacon. I know this isn’t some revolutionary concept. Obviously everyone knows that salty pig fat is to-die-for, but I don’t think most of you embrace this food truth to the extent that I do. It provides that savory richness known as umami and is one of the elements that fuels my love of cooking.

Whenever I’m uninspired for dinner or feel the need to impress my guests, I wrap something in prosciutto and call it good. Some things I make are hit-or-miss, but I know without a doubt that anything wrapped in pig-fat will end up devoured by my meat-loving friends. So don’t be surprised when you start to see this common denominator start to crop up throughout my posts. Pancetta-wrapped pork loin, bacon-wrapped tequila shrimp, prosciutto-wrapped roasted pears with arugula….the list goes on.

Disclaimer: I’m all about eating healthy too. The trick to taking care of your body while eating bacon wrapped foods is simple. Don’t gorge yourself! Eat in moderation. Make sure the other 2/3 of your meal is comprised of fresh vegetables and whole grains. Also, because of the potent flavor that these pork products offer, you end up eating much less of it overall than you would something with a more muted flavor like ground beef.

I hope you’ll use the fresh rosemary skewer idea and run wild with it. Don’t be surprised when they take average veggie kabobs to the next level.
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