As you read this, I’m in Florence, Italy, hopefully eating pizza or basking in the glow of the Renaissance or doing something decidedly Italian. If you get a moment, head over to my Instagram to see my Europe photos (presuming I ever found Wi-Fi)! In the meantime, let’s talk waffles . . .
During my school years, my dad was the kid wrangler. He woke me up every morning, popped frozen waffles in the toaster for me, and brushed my hair into a ponytail. I know what you’re thinking, but as dads go, he was actually a pretty decent hair stylist. He would even add a cutesy, curly hair bow at the end.
Those mornings are a special memory for me now, including piling into the car with my sisters and listening to country music on the way to school. Every now and then we’d get into the early 90s jams; my dad said that this song was written for me.
The frozen waffles, in particular, are a vivid memory doused in butter and maple syrup. I remember when I got to school every day, I could still smell the faint trace of maple syrup emanating from me. I had brushed my teeth and as far as I know, I hadn’t dipped my hair in it or anything, but somehow, it was always there.
This past weekend, I bought the first box of Eggo waffles I’ve owned in at least 15 years, but no maple syrup made it into my cart. I decided that waffles weren’t just for breakfast. Instead, I schmeared rosemary butter onto these waffles and toasted them until they were golden. While they toasted, I made a quick and easy tomato sauce with a few of the best ingredients (San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, hot Italian sausage from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, and a splash of red wine). I ladled the meat and sauce over each waffle, topping it with melty provolone. If you love meatball sliders, these are like meatball sliders’ sophisticated cousin.
The only thing I miss? That maple syrup smell reminding me of breakfast with my dad.
Tell me one of your favorite memories of childhood.
One year ago: Lobster Roll Salad (and salad tips!)
Two years ago: Blueberry Scones with Maple Glaze
Three years ago: Coffee Mousse Filled Doughnuts
Four years ago: Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade