New Year’s Resolution #1: Make more waffles.
Happy New Year, friends! I traveled to the west side of Michigan and was lucky enough to spend a whole week with friends and family. I was at so many small gatherings with delicious appetizers and fantastic people that it’s hard to keep them all straight. Thankfully I took a few photos.
My parents lost power before we arrived and we spent the first two nights with my brother and sister-in-law. I could stare at their pretty tree for hours. I went out for lunch and dinner with old friends that make me laugh harder than anyone else. Surprisingly west Michigan had much less snow than we had back home and I went for several walks in my pink shoes.We played fun games together and I hit up my favorite downtown small businesses.
After driving home for New Year’s Eve, I went to the huge mall near our house to check out Anthropologie’s sale and a few other favorite places. The Apple store was bananas. Marc’s grandparents had the whole family over for homemade soup and then we spent the next evening opening gifts and eating delicious lasagna with Marc’s parents and siblings. Matt and Meg invited us to a New Year’s Eve party with many of Marc’s cousins and a handful of good friends. We had a blast! They set up a photo booth area complete with tinsel backdrop and used their iPad and an app to take the pictures. I can’t imagine how the holidays could have been any better. How was yours? Tell me about the fun things you did!
Back to that resolution! Megan and Cindy have made some pretty great beer waffles and although I’m not a beer drinker, I was drawn to this recipe. The concept is that the beer adds a pleasant yeast flavor and gives the batter lift without the trouble of using dry yeast. You know what? This is my new favorite waffle recipe.
Guinness would work well here, but with all of the wonderful Michigan breweries around, I wanted to choose a Michigan stout. If you have a favorite local brewery, go for it! For this recipe I used Bell’s Double Cream Stout from Kalamazoo, Michigan, but New Holland Brewing Company’s Poet, North Peak Brewery’s Dubious Black Chocolate Stout, Founder’s Breakfast Stout or Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Neopolitan Milk Stout are also excellent Michigan options. The typical malt, chocolate and coffee notes in stouts lend a nice underlying flavor to the waffles.
I added a bit of spice and I swear they smell like Christmas when the batter hits the waffle iron. They are filling, but you can’t help but take another bite. Add a drizzle of real maple syrup and the cinnamon and cardamom will shine. I like to refrigerate any leftover waffles and pop them in the toaster for a crispy and delicious breakfast during the week.
Wishing you the happiest 2013!