Update to My Chaffle Post

Hey there! A while ago I wrote a post about chaffles. Chaffles are waffles made with cheese, hence the name chaffles. So, as good as those are, these could even be better! Well, in a different way, of course. So what are “these”? Here’s a pic:

So you take your favorite chaffle recipes and instead of cooking in a waffle maker, you spread it out on some oiled parchment paper in a pan and bake it in your toaster oven at 350 for 15 minutes. When its done it’ll look like this:

So, you cut it down the middle, then into strips and dip the strips in marinara like you would cheese sticks. Tastes great! My wife even likes them! I could take that same recipe, cook them in a waffle maker and my wife says they taste too eggy. But baked this way its good! Go figure! Here’s the link to the chaffle post for the recipe. I used a mozzarella and provolone cheese mixture I get at Costco. You can also add a tbl of almond flour to give it a little more body and some oregano, basil and garlic powder to go over the top Italian! Enjoy!

Mix Presentation Up with a Bento Box!

Being a chef in the restaurant biz for 25 years has made me keenly aware that one “eats with your eyes” first. Then, of course, its down the hatch! So presentation is very important, even if your just eating at home with family.  My wife and I found ourselves stuck in a rut, so she pulled out the Bento Boxes we bought a while back to give ourselves a visual treat of the food we were eating during the Coronavirus lockdown.

I had a bunch of leftovers in the fridge so I thought I’d use them up. I had Mad Max Tuna Salad. I call it Mad Max because the expiration date on the tuna cans was over a year and a half old! I also had some broccoli and cheese sauce. My wife made a little tomato salad for one compartment and I had to come up with something for the biggest compartment with a sauce for dipping.

So I was looking around the kitchen, in the fridge and pantry and then I saw in the distance on the kitchen island a bowl with a sweet potato in it! Viola! Sweet potato fries with a sriracha mayo dipping sauce! Nice! So my wife pulled out the sir fryer and made some nice sweet potato fries in a bout 15 minutes.

The three boxes came with one nice cover. They stack on top of one another, so I guess you really only need one cover. But if you had people over, wouldn’t it be nice to have them all covered and then everybody lifts the cover off at the same time? The suspense, the excitement, the anticipation!

Those are almond flour crackers around the Mad Max Tuna Salad. The sweet potato fries came out perfect!  

My wife and I had fun eating from the Bento Box. She also enjoyed some wine from a local winery, PageSpringsCellars.com