- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The waffle iron is a much-loved and trusted appliance at our house. It rests in a deep bottom drawer until being called into service, usually at 6:30 in the morning, and often at 6:30 at night. Our children love waffles, which they can make using a handy biscuit mix with a few add-ins. Often when I make waffles, I toss in a spoonful of cocoa and add a handful of chocolate chips. Funny thing, no one ever complains. Serve these chocolate waffles for supper or breakfast with crisp bacon on the side and, if you’re feeling really indulgent, banana slices and maple syrup on top. Five time-shaving breakfasts that double for dinner. If you think your family will be excited to see waffles on the breakfast table, try making them for dinner. There are all sorts of breakfast foods that double well at dinnertime. And they always bring smiles. • Cheese grits. We serve them alongside grilled steaks and salmon. • Waffles. Make your own and add toppings such as fresh blueberries and bacon or smoked salmon and capers. • { Omelets. Clean out the refrigerator and come up with wonderful fillings, such as cheese and onion, sauteed pepper and olive, ham and mushroom, you name it. bullet} Hash browns, right from the freezer. Serve them along with grilled sausages and homemade applesauce. • BLTs. As long as you can find good ripe tomatoes, fry the bacon and serve BLT sandwiches, any time of the day . Chocolate chip cinnamon waffles The preparation time is 5 minutes, and the cooking time is 18 to 24 minutes. Vegetable oil cooking spray, for misting the waffle iron 13/41/4 cups biscuit mix, such as Bisquick 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 11/4 cups milk 1 large egg 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Pinch of ground cinnamon cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips (see tip) Preheat an electric waffle iron. Mist the top and bottom of the interior with vegetable oil cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees (you’ll use it to keep the waffles warm until they are all ready to serve). Place the biscuit mix, cocoa, milk, egg, oil and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine well. Fold in the chocolate chips and mix until they are just incorporated. Ladle about a third cup of the batter onto the hot waffle iron, spreading it out so that it almost but not entirely covers the bottom. Close the lid and cook the waffle for 3 to 4 minutes or until the light comes on to indicate that the waffle is done. The waffle is fully cooked when it does not stick to the top or bottom of the iron. Using a fork, transfer the waffle to a heatproof plate and place it in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining waffle batter. Makes 6 servings. Tip: If you don’t have miniature chocolate chips, simply place a small chunk of semisweet chocolate in a food processor and pulse a few times to create chocolate shavings . TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

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