I love cooking , but I'm still the queen of cooking shortcuts. On the weekends I jump into the kitchen with ambition that doesn't always align with time constraints, so I find myself improvising. Usually that means I don't make things entirely from scratch, and if something is missing from the ingredient list, I'll skip the run to the store. That's when the improvising comes in.
A few years ago I had a craving for waffles, but I was low on milk. However, I remembered someone saying that club soda was a great substitute so I gave it a try. The effect of this substitution was that my waffles were suddenly light and fluffy. I was sold. Now, I routinely make waffles when we're running low on milk. (As an aside, I should tell you that I'm worried about how much milk we'll need to buy when the kids are teenagers!!) I've also discovered that my homemade sparkling water does the trick, so I don't even have to worry about having to stock up on club soda!
This weekend is waffle weekend. (Got Milk? #fail) In addition to saving calories in the waffle process, I save money by cooking in advance. I make a big batch of waffle batter and cook a few of these delicious rounds to eat immediately and then freeze the extras for week days. Just pop the halves into the toaster and boom! Hot breakfast.