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Chipotle Squash and Cheddar Waffles

Chipotle Squash and Cheddar Waffles

 

Snow days and freezer overflows mean lots and lots of cooking.  This past week I’ve made soups and stews to use up the last of my CSA frozen veggies from the year along with a few other things.  I’ve been trying to choose my carbs more carefully in the new year so decided to whip up a few new waffle recipes to have for snacks, breakfast or in place of sandwich bread (I had a breakfast sandwich with one of these today, so good!).  These waffles are gluten free and good for a little extra protein.  And best of all, easy to make.

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Fig and Anise Toffee

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Years ago when I was still living in Newfoundland and increasing my interest in all things cooking and baking, one of my friends and taste-testers came over for dinner and along with that dinner I made a loaf of fig and fennel bread out of some Martha Stewart mag.  I thought I was so fancy, lol. I don’t think she was overly fond of it and it was probably like a door-stopper, what with my bread-baking luck.  Thankfully we are still good friends.  That little dinner for some reason popped into my head as I was thinking up a new holiday toffee recipe, so this one goes out to that good friend.

 

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Cranberry Almond Crumble Toffee

 

Cranberry Almond Crumble Toffee

Happy holidays to you all !  And happy holidays to me as well, because I FINALLY got myself some Christmas baking spirit these past few days, and have been into the candy making as well.  I like to try a few new things each year, so I have two new toffee recipes coming up in addition to the other lovely recipes I’ve found (round-up to come!).

This recipe features a combination of cranberries, almonds, and spice cookies nestled in a buttery toffee, topped with creamy white chocolate.  The result was very Christmas-y, I thought.  Check it out for yourself !

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Beer and Cheddar Chickpea Waffles

Beer and Cheddar Chickpea Waffles (2)These savory beer and cheddar waffles are great for breakfast, lunch or snacks.  Enjoy them on their own with a dipping sauce of your choice (I have a dijon mayo here), or as I also have, used them in place of sandwich bread! And as long as you use a gluten-free beer, the chickpea flour used in these waffles means that they are not only filled with extra protein, but gluten-free too.  As with other waffles I’ve made, I also find that these stand up great to freezing, and are easily re-heated.

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Fig and Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fig Hazelnut and Chocolate Chip Cookies2This cookie is a new variation on my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, whipped up for a potluck this week.  I was going for a chewy cookie studded with lots of good things, and the combo of dried figs, toasted hazelnuts and chocolate hit the spot.

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Cherry Blossom Ice Pops

Cherry Blossom Ice Pops

Pic is not so pretty (it was hot here today), but trust me, these are GOOD.

Anyone reading my blog for a while now knows I have a fondness for recipes inspired by a certain tasty candy bar.  Continuing in that tradition, this week I whipped up a batch of chocolate ice pops studded with maraschino cherries, chopped peanuts and coconut.  Best part?  They’re dairy free !

This recipe made 6 pops using the mold I have.

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Confetti Milkshake (dairy-free!)

Confetti Milkshake (non-dairy)

Summer may be on its way out, but milkshakes are forever.  This is a fun version for kids young and old, and also happens to be dairy-free, and vegan !  The recipe makes enough for two milkshakes, but I’m sure you won’t have any trouble finding someone to share :)

Grab your blender and get ready for a tasty treat !

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