Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

When I was a kid, my mom made me waffles almost every weekend. My favorite thing to do was to eat them with chocolate chips and put one chip in each hole. Fast forward a few decades, and I still love waffles, but I am sort of picky about where I order them. My requirements for a waffle is it MUST be served with maple syrup (no artificial corn syrup thank you very much), and it needs to be a big, puffy Belgian- not thin like an Eggo Waffle. I also don’t really like fruit with my waffles; give me some freshly fried chicken and we are in business. But sadly, I rarely find a brunch joint serving chicken and waffles to my very specific requirements, so for football Sunday this week, I decided to do my own. After stealing  borrowing my mom’s waffle maker to make the magic happen, I was ready to make my own chicken and waffle creation. Continue reading Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

Asian-Mexican Fusion Pizza with Shrimp

I love making pizza for so many reasons. One, pizza dough freezes fantastically, which makes life just a little bit easier when you have a few balls on hand. Two, you can be as creative as you like; I literally don’t think I could ever get bored making pizza. Dayton has some amazing pizza places to try, that I have taken a lot of inspiration from. South Park Tavern had a special going on the last time I was there, that involved spinach and bacon combined with their Asian wing sauce as a base. A little farther down the road is Wheat Penny which has a pie with grilled peaches, pork belly, and pickled red onion. I thought both were so good, and it inspired me to take elements from both and combine them together. My result was a type of Mexican-Asian fusion pizza with roasted peppers, shrimp, pickled red onion, and cilantro. It could have been a disaster, but I promise you, it was delicious and worth trying.  Continue reading Asian-Mexican Fusion Pizza with Shrimp

Eggnog Bread Pudding

Over the summer, Luke and I discovered Australian Master Chef on Youtube and went on a 70 something episode binge over the course of two weeks. What I learned from that show (beyond the fact that the Australian people are endlessly polite and cheerful) is that America is missing out on a whole category of food- pudding! I’m not talking about those crappy pudding cups that your mom used to put in your lunch. I mean a proper British pudding; which is actually a broad term that refers to a dish that may be sweet or savory, and is generally starch or dairy based. Australia shares a lot of British food influences, which is why Australian reality cooking shows feature so many awesome recipes, including a wide array of puddings and meat pies. In the U.S. you occasionally see bread pudding on a restaurant’s dessert menu, usually in places with a Southern influence. Continue reading Eggnog Bread Pudding

Sweet Vanilla Challah Bread- Moral Support for First Time Bakers

This is the first post in what is going to be a two-parter. It’s Christmas time, which always puts me in the mood to tackle some kind of traditional, holiday dish. Challah is a braided egg bread that is typically served on Jewish holidays, such as Hanukkah. I’m not Jewish, and I don’t have a lot of experience with this bread, but I have always been drawn to how pretty and impressive it looks. While browsing cookbooks, I found a recipe for Challah Bread pudding, and decided that had to be my Christmas project. So, in this post I will be describing my experience making Challah bread and share my recipe. My follow-up post will go on to discuss how I turned my fresh baked bread into eggnog bread pudding.  Continue reading Sweet Vanilla Challah Bread- Moral Support for First Time Bakers