I got a new toy, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Have you ever wondered how well those apple peeler/slicer/corer machines really worked? I’ve always been a little curious, although they look pretty complex. Well, now I have one, and all I can say is…where have you been all my life???
Last week, I went back to my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin to visit my folks. Whenever I visit, there are always a few essential stops that I absolutely must make (in no particular order):
• Lambeau Field: because I bleed green and gold, like all Green Bay natives, of course.
• Kroll’s Restaurant: best classic burger joint located right across the street from Lambeau – try the deep fried cauliflower buds with ranch…I’m drooling just thinking of them.
• Seroogy’s: best chocolate shop anywhere, yes I’m biased, but once you try the meltaways, you’ll definitely agree.
• Cook’s Corner: the largest kitchen store in the nation.
Every time I step into Cook’s Corner, I have to take a moment to gaze in awe at all they have to offer. I could live in this store. Just give me a pillow and blanket and I’d happily set up camp somewhere between the fudge counter and the bakeware aisle. I mean, where else can you by beer-mug shaped pasta, imported from Germany?
And, do I need to mention, they have a discount wine shop? If that’s not enough, they also have an 8,000 square foot kitchenware outlet room, as well.
Whenever I visit, I HAVE to buy something. The minute I got there this time, my eyes were instantly drawn to a huge display table of apple slicers. Even better, they were on sale for half off! SOLD!!!
I managed to get out of there with only the apple slicer and a candy thermometer. Although, I almost fell prey to the towering display of panini presses and high-powered blenders, which were also discounted…sigh. Gotta leave something for next time.
And so, I couldn’t wait to give my new toy a test run as soon as I got home. We had a whopping three apples in our house, leftover from our last orchard trip, and I used them all to make this tasty breakfast for the boys, who thought that apples shaped like slinkies were the coolest thing ever.
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Waffles with Apple Spirals
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 small apples – peeled, cored, and sliced
Preheat a greased waffle iron.
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, melt butter and allow to cool. Add milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl and stir until just combined.
Cook waffles using 1/3 cup of batter per waffle. Garnish waffles with apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon and confectioner’s sugar.