My husband bought a waffle maker (and I’m not afraid to use it).

© Sarah Lipoff 2010

The other day while running errands, my husband got his lovely man-heart set on a waffle maker. It’s not like he’s a big waffle man. In fact, I don’t really remember him ordering waffles when eating out for breakfast (ever) or sharing amazing waffle stories from his childhood. So, this waffle mania was a new thing.

I was so okay with that, and sure wasn’t going to say no to a new kitchen gadget. I LOVE kitchen gadgets!

By the end of the day, a shiny-new waffle iron was in my kitchen ready to be used and abused. We started out easy with some basic waffles combined with fresh fall strawberries and ice cream for dessert. The rest of the week was pretty busy and we didn’t have much of a chance to spend more quality time with our new waffle machine.

But, then, last night, I was really ready to test it out. I had country-style pork ribs in the freezer that needed cooking and a package of cornbread mix that was wanting to connect with that pork. A match made in heaven, right?! But, a match made in super-swine heaven when that cornbread met with my new waffle maker!

What can I say. Cornbread in the waffle maker with the addition of some finely chopped spinach and green onion was just about the best thing ever. And, with some fresh cabbage slaw as a side, this dinner turned major out-of-control superb.

So, what’s your favorite thing to create in your waffle maker?

(If you don’t have one, go pick one up. Seriously. Go pick one up, now.)