A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Chicken and Waffles

Stephanie is a homeschooling mom of two, psychologist, and was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. She enjoys putting her efforts into education, building a healthy lifestyle, and cultivating family values, and shares those ideas here at Hudson Valley Parent.

I grew up in New York.  We serve chicken for dinner, and waffles for breakfast (unless you’re having breakfast for dinner, then waffles may grace the table).  Chicken and waffles together, though?  I don’t get it.   My husband, the meat eater, totally gets it.  So much so that he ordered it in a restaurant recently.  He loved it, of course, and thus began his quest to recreate it at home.

Chicken and Waffles

Our standby waffle recipe comes from the culinary goddess Silvana.  They’re crispy, fluffy, perfect-every-time waffles that just so happen to be gluten-free.  I make her pancake/waffle mix in bulk and keep it in a jar, ready to go.  If you’re gluten-free, you can’t go wrong with her recipe, or substitute your own family favorite.

There are as many fried chicken recipes floating around as there are, well, chickens.  Quite honestly, I wasn’t home and have no idea which recipe my husband used.  Unless he wrote it down, he probably doesn’t know, either.  He did use chicken breasts, to keep it healthy (well, healthier; it’s still fried chicken after all).  If you’re gluten-free, fried chicken is best made at home, substituting the proper flour.  So, you can google a recipe and decide if you want it baked or fried, buy your chicken already made if you so please, or steal it from your neighbor’s ranch- that’s up to you.  I can tell you that marinating it in buttermilk first leads to it being extra juicy.  We did this, as I always keep buttermilk powder in the fridge for impromptu cooking.  I love having the powder on hand so we can whip up pancakes or other culinary delights without worrying about what to do with the extra buttermilk in the carton. If you’re dairy-free, use any non-dairy milk and sour the milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.

I like my waffles with eggs, most preferably a spinach or broccoli and cheese omelet.  My husband giddily piled his chicken, waffles, and omelet all together, as you see here.  I ate my waffles and omelet as I normally do, thank you very much, but did try the chicken to be polite.  It was good, but I still can’t figure out why I’d want to eat it along with breakfast for dinner.  To each his own.  If you have some adventurous eaters in your home, give chicken and waffles a try.  Something different can be fun, so why not?

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A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Decorated Bananas

Sep 18, 2015

My kids (all kids) are snack monsters.  If left to their own devices, I think they’d eat snack every seven minutes.  Even before we were gluten free, I was never one to rely on packaged snacks.  It was always more rewarding to put together a little something special that would give the kids en...

A Year of Life in the Kitchen: Crockpot Pancake

Sep 11, 2015

I shared this recipe years ago, but it’s time to share it again given early weekday mornings, or busy evenings.  A crockpot pancake cooks itself with minimal preparation, and is the perfect opportunity to sneak in some fruit to start your day.  With the ability to use either a pancake mix or y...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Tacos and Sangria

Sep 4, 2015

Taco night is perfect for a busy weeknight evening, or even a get-together with friends. For us, it was both… friends in town on a Thursday night, which happened to be during the first week of school. We needed a kid-pleaser, but something that would come together quickly amidst some chaos. I ...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Granola Bars

Aug 28, 2015

As kids get ready to go back to school in the next few weeks, I’d like to share this recipe for an extra-special homemade treat to boost your child’s health and send along some love during the school day. Even though my kids are homeschooled, they greatly enjoy taking a homemade snack along on a fie...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Picnicking, Boscobel, and Chicken Skewers

Aug 21, 2015

Boscobel House An outdoor picnic presents a challenge, both to be creative and practical. There’s something inherently fun about packing up a meal and eating it later in a fun and outside location, and to me, part of that fun is in the uniqueness of the menu.  Every summer we enjoy an afternoon o...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Banana Bread

Aug 14, 2015

There are as many banana bread recipes out there as there are, well, bananas.  We bake with bananas often, usually when enough overripe bananas are waiting in the freezer that they’re blocking the ice.  Although I have a go-to recipe, if  I see a new one that looks good, I try it to see how it...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Prepping for Fall

Aug 7, 2015

It may still be summer, but August brings with it the reminder that the school year is soon to begin, and following that, Fall. There are some very sweet Fall moments… apple picking, the feel of pulling on a cozy sweater on a brisk day, the crunch of leaves under the blue sky. With it, though,...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Gluten-free Cheerios!

Jul 31, 2015

Breakfast can be a carb-laden meal in most homes. Toast, cereal, waffles, bagels; basically, a gluten-fest. It’s often easier, healthier, and more affordable to eat naturally gluten-free alternatives- for example, eggs, turkey bacon, yogurt, fruit, or homemade options. Almost always, gluten-fo...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Popovers

Jul 24, 2015

On hot summer day, it’s often too hot to justify doing much baking.  I tend to make an exception when oodles of zucchini or berries are upon us and waiting to be baked into muffins, breads, and pies, but we’ve been eating our produce too quickly to have any left over for baking.  One oth...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Lemon Bars

Jul 17, 2015

My daughters and I were sitting in a waiting room, and on television was a woman sharing her recipe for lemon bars and feeding them to a crew of construction workers. The next morning, Pioneer Woman scrolls across my Facebook newsfeed with the status, “Here are the lemon bars I made on televis...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Muffin cupcakes

Jul 10, 2015

What’s the difference between a muffin and a cupcake? Frosting! This weekend we had both a birthday party and wedding to attend, and for our gluten and dairy-free family, events are always BYOD (bring your own dessert). Other than fruit, the odds are low that we’ll find anything on the d...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Dairy-Free Pesto

Jul 3, 2015

Looking for an easy dish to bring to a BBQ this weekend?  A pasta pesto salad will travel perfectly! I could sleep in a bed of fresh basil leaves.  I can never get enough of it.. added to pasta, on top of pizza, mixed into salad.. wherever, however, whenever.  Yet, I was always wary of pesto, as I w...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Slow Cooker Meatballs

Jun 26, 2015

I don’t think my Italian grandma would approve, but I decided to try Gluten Free on a Shoestring’s Slow Cooker meatball recipe. Growing up, meatballs were lovingly fried on the stove, then simmered for three hours in a large pot full of Grandma’s “gravy” (homemade pasta...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Salad for Lunch

Jun 19, 2015

Lunch is an ever-changing meal for us. Sometimes we’re packing lunch for field trips, other times we’re quickly transitioning between homeschooling and getting out the door for afternoon activities. Being gluten-free, the quick PBJ or turkey sandwich is not always an option, so we also h...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Zucchini

Jun 12, 2015

One of the wacky cucumbers from our first garden Once upon a time, I had a kick-a$$ vegetable garden.  It was purely beginner’s luck… we’d just bought our house, had a smidgen of property for the first time, and jumped wholeheartedly into gardening.  The next year, our compost attr...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: White Bean Chili

Jun 5, 2015

Chili is a comfort food, but mostly a fall and winter dish due to its heavy nature. We were having a vegetarian friend over for dinner and chili came to mind, but it being a spring day, I wanted to go lighter. I remembered seeing an interesting chili recipe in Make It Fast: Cook It Slow, so I dug it...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Gluten Free Classic Snacks

May 29, 2015

Nicole Hunn of the Gluten Free on a Shoestring series has a theory. If it can be made with gluten, it can be made without. As a fellow mom of a child who cannot eat gluten, I share her passion. No one wants to see her child missing out, especially when all of the other kids are indulging. Hunn’...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Chia Seeds

May 22, 2015

Chia seeds rock my world. They can stand in for eggs in baked goods, they pack a punch of vitamins and even some protein when added to smoothies, and most recently, we’ve been enjoying them in “puddings.” I say puddings loosely because the puddings we make with chia seeds are, well...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: BBQ Season

May 15, 2015

Spring is here (we’ve even had a few days that felt like summer!) and suddenly it’s the time of year when your dinners can transform. Instead of heavy soups, stews, and baked casseroles, meal prep moves outside for grilling. I have three favorite things about grilling. One, there’s...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Gluten Free in the Bread Machine

May 9, 2015

My bread machine and I have been pals since my grandma gave it to me as a wedding gift. I’ve used it to make countless loaves of bread, dough for rolls and pizza, even jam. Then we became gluten free. Screeech thump (that’s the sound of my use of the bread machine hitting the wall). Glut...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Chinese food

May 1, 2015

Chinese food was always a “we’re tired and hungry, let’s get take-out” kind of dinner for us. Then we became gluten-free, and for the first few years, Chinese food was off the list. Eventually, a few places in our area caught on and began to offer gluten-free Chinese food, bu...

A Year in the Life of the Kitchen: Cooking with Kids

Apr 24, 2015

Muffins that my little baker made by herself. She was so proud when they came out as expected! I’ve had my kids helping out in the kitchen since they were old enough to sit up. It goes without saying that cooking with kids will take longer in the beginning… sometimes much longer… a...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Beans

Apr 17, 2015

I’m  not very creative when it comes to utilizing beans in our dinners. I can make a mean chili, chickpeas frequent our salads, black bean go into quesadillas with zucchini, and I sometimes use them to make a dip or hummus. I’ll also admit that I never quite understood dried beans. Havin...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Quiche Reinvented

Apr 10, 2015

Quiche is a fan favorite in our house. It’s easy to make, hands-off while it cooks, and everyone loves it.  Yet, quiche is tricky once you begin to accommodate food allergies. When we became gluten-free, quiche stumbled, so I tried out a few crust recipes and settled on one that we liked. We w...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour

Apr 3, 2015

When we first discovered that my daughter and I had celiac disease, I was ready to go off the grid and make every-single-morsel my family ate.  On any given day, you could find me grinding rice for our own rice flour, which I blended with four other flours to make our own flour blend for baking; mak...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Slow Cooker Chinese Orange Chicken

Mar 27, 2015

I have a rule about slow cooking… it shouldn’t require too many steps or pre-cooking, otherwise, quite honestly, why am I using my crockpot? If I’m going to get out the skillet, lots and lots of ingredients, follow complicated steps, etc., I may as well just make it on the stove. T...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Baking Comfort Food

Mar 20, 2015

Last week I baked up some fresh goodness for a friend of mine who had unexpected surgery.  Due to Celiac disease and food allergies, she cannot have gluten, soy, dairy, or nuts.  Feeling limited while recovering, she welcomed the thought of some comfort food that didn’t come from a package.  W...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Black Bean Burgers

Mar 13, 2015

(Not to be confused with black bean spaghetti, if you read last week’s post. Just a coincidence, I don’t own stock in beans or anything). Once we became gluten-free, I learned that many veggie burgers have wheat as a binder. Disappointing. I also learned that making your own veggie burge...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Black Bean Spaghetti

Mar 6, 2015

Being gluten free often means stretching your creativity. As in, how do you prepare black bean spaghetti in an interesting and palatable way that your family will enjoy? Should it be Mexican-flavored (black beans?). Should it be Italian-flavored (spaghetti?). I’d never even heard of black bean...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Breakfast on the Road

Feb 27, 2015

I have these fond memories of early morning family day trips that began with getting an egg and cheese on a roll from the corner deli as we drove out of town.  I’m not sure where we were headed, but it really doesn’t matter.  Getting a special breakfast as we left for the day was part of...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Feb 20, 2015

There’s no bread in our house… living the grain-free lifestyle while healing my daughter’s tummy, meals are kinda boring.  Sweet potatoes are as exciting as it gets. Meanwhile, I was looking back through old recipes and photos, and happened upon a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread I’d made quite a while...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: An easy, healthy stir-fry

Feb 17, 2015

We’ve had an unusual food week.  My oldest is on an extra restricted (GAPS) diet due to some stomach issues, so we’ve had to get very creative in the kitchen.  We’re avoiding gluten and dairy as per usual, but have added soy, fructose, and all grains to the list.  What’s left to eat, you ask?  [R...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Split Pea Soup

Feb 6, 2015

Winter is the time for a bowl of good soup, and everyone who knows me knows that I am always looking for a new favorite to add to our repertoire.  My friend Sarah mentioned recently that she was making her mom’s split pea soup recipe, and I was cautiously intrigued.  I’m not a fan of […]

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Crepes

Jan 30, 2015

I’ve really been into breakfast lately… we wake up feeling energized and adventurous, wanting to create something fun and exciting. I wish I could say this carried over into dinner, but our evening meals have been lackluster and uninspired. Perhaps sooner or later this breakfast energy will appear a...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Muffin in a Mug

Jan 23, 2015

We love to cook and bake in our house, and somewhere along the lines, my kids got spoiled.  Cereal for breakfast is an insult… if it isn’t hot and doesn’t involve ingredients, it doesn’t count.  That said, I’m not running a diner, and can’t be expected to serve up...

Living the Paleo Life

Jan 16, 2015

Paleo eating entails a diet of meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and avoiding dairy and grains.  It’s more complex than that and there is lots of controversy surrounding it, but that’s enough to get started.  Personally, it is not something I could follow exclusively because I love m...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Smoothies and Ice Pops

Jan 9, 2015

It seems kind of ironic to share a chilly beverage or treat recipe during this cold snap, I am aware. Yet, with all of the New Year’s resolutions and detox plans, a smoothie seems like the perfect way to start your day. And since Santa brought us awesome ice pop molds, you better believe we [&...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Not your frozen blueberry muffin

Jan 2, 2015

I have collected a lot of recipes over the years, and they all have something in common… my trademark cooking smudges and penciled in notes all over them.  Partially because I tend to be a bit picky and like to make substitutions; partially because I funnel my creativity into primarily two ave...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Feeding your gluten-free friends

Dec 22, 2014

Hosting a guest with food allergies (or bringing food to the home of someone with food allergies) can be nerve-wracking. Many aren’t sure what is safe, and are afraid to make their guests sick.  As we visit and host friends, I frequently get asked what my family and I can eat. Read on to safel...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Christmas Cookies

Dec 16, 2014

I have fond memories of Christmas cookies… I remember rolling dough in powdered sugar with my mom, and my Grandma’s crisp sugar butter cookies are legendary.  Her cookies were even kept in a motion-activated singing tin, because my sister and I were so likely to sneak a sample while we waited for di...

A Year in the Kitchen: Soup

Dec 12, 2014

This is the time of year that just begs for soup.  It’s already bone-cold, and we look forward to a warm bowl of soup after a busy afternoon out.  Soup is typically pretty quick to prepare, and a nice way to sneak in veggies that can be pureed or otherwise disguised, if you happen to […]

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread

Dec 5, 2014

Whether you’re gluten-free or gluten-loving, there’s nothing like freshly baked bread.  If you are gluten-free and have experimented in the kitchen, you know that some bread recipes fall, well, flat.  Poorly made gluten-free bread can be crumbly, wet, dense, or taste peculiar.  What’s a sandwich, sc...

A Year in the Life of a Gluten-Free Kitchen: Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken

Nov 28, 2014

I love my crockpot, and anyone who has and uses one knows why.  I cook, a lot. So then I clean up, a lot.  We run around, well, a lot.  Enter the magnificent crockpot… at 9 am, when I am still feeling alert, energetic, even optimistic about how much we will accomplish that day, I […]

A Year in the Life of a Gluten-Free Kitchen: Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. I tend to be a bit Grinchy once December rolls around, but I end November on a high note with all of my favorite foods, people, and holiday. Special occasions can be tricky when you’re gluten-free, but over the years we’ve put together a menu that [...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: (Gluten-Free) Christmas Cookies

Dec 19, 2013

Santa’s almost here, and that means it’s Christmas cookie time. We plan to make our cookies on Monday and Tuesday so they’ll be fresh for Christmas eve. If you’re looking for a recipe for a simple, kid-friendly cookie that the little ones can help create, check out a few of o...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: The Can’t Cook Book

Dec 12, 2013

Jessica Seinfeld’s first two cookbooks utilized pureed fruits and vegetables in her recipes, to incorporate a little extra nutrition into family meals. Her third book, which just hit the shelves recently, takes a whole new approach. The Can’t Cook Book is a gentle, informative, hand-holding cooking ...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

Dec 5, 2013

I have a special place in my heart for Stephanie O’Dea, food blogger and author whose new cookbook, 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, just graced my kitchen. Is it because we share the same name and both love to cook and blog about it? Is it the fact that her recipes are for the crockpot (my […]

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Black bean zucchini Quesadillas

Nov 30, 2013

I was going through my recipes recently and stumbled upon one I’d near forgotten about. This was a dinner I’d made fairly frequently and the whole family enjoyed. I dusted it off, made it for dinner, and it was so good I had to make it again a week later. Simple, nutritious, gluten-free,...

A Year in the Life of the Kitchen: Pumpkin scones

Nov 17, 2013

In our home, November wouldn’t be, well, November, without some kind of pumpkin-spiced goodie baking in the oven. We cook with pumpkin as an accent year round, but at some point it takes center stage. This recipe popped up on my Pinterest board last weekend, and after one look, I knew it would be Sa...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Chicken fried-rice

Nov 13, 2013

Hello, my name is Stephanie, and I like love am addicted to Chinese food. But my family is gluten-free. What to do? When we became gluten-free a few years ago, I asked the local Chinese restaurants if they could prepare gluten-free food. Their response? “Free delivery?” Fortunately, ther...

Almond Flour is a Powerhouse

Nov 7, 2013

One nice aspect of being gluten-free is the opportunity to experiment with different flours and the various nutritional and textural properties that result.  Almond flour is a powerhouse, with its low glycemic index, high fiber, and incredible protein profile.  It’s also grain-free, for those follow...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: (Crockpot) Chicken Teriyaki

Oct 24, 2013

I don’t know about your Fall season, but mine is insane. In between sports practices, dance classes, girl scouts, art class, piano lessons, and a morning of homeschooling, my free time is… wait, am I supposed to get free time? I’d better review my contract (ha ha). Being gluten-fre...

A Year in the Life of a Kitchen: Apple Crisp

Oct 16, 2013

I’m not sure how I’ve gotten this many years into food blogging without including a recipe for apple crisp, but please forgive me. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for apple crisp (the tattered recipe my sister gave me at my bridal shower, eleven years ago, confirms this...

Day Trip: Dia Beacon

Oct 7, 2013

Tucked away in the corner of Beacon, an unusual and stimulating gem quietly beckons visitors. The Dia: Beacon is a local museum that pushes the art envelope. Check any preconceived notions you hold about “art” at the door, because the Dia will take you on a wild ride. Installations at th...

Day Trip: Roosevelt Estate

Sep 28, 2013

I’m not sure if you know it, but you own land in Dutchess County. To be more specific, we all do. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate in Hyde Park is a National Park, which means we all own a little piece of it. If you haven’t been, a trip is in order. The FDR Estate […]

Day Trip: Apple picking

Sep 25, 2013

It’s that time of year again… school back in session, cool blue skies contrasted with changing leaves, and that crunch of foliage underfoot. Not to be missed… apple picking. We’ve gone every year since my oldest was a toddler, but one of my best apple picking memories is actu...

Day Trip: Long Dock Park

Sep 15, 2013

I’ve shared a number of my favorite Hudson Valley destinations, but I’ve kept my most favorite a secret. Perhaps I wanted to keep it all to myself? The common trend in all of my beloved spots is the presence of water, and Beacon’s Long Dock Park is no different. As you reach the wa...

Day Trip: Dover Stone Church

Sep 5, 2013

A hike is great, but a hike with a unique waterfall and stone structure at the end is even better. Enter Dover Stone Church, one of the most unusual sites in Dutchess County. Its recorded history dates back as early as the 1600s, when, as the legend goes, a Native American warrior hid in the […...

Day Trip: Bash Bish Falls

Aug 29, 2013

Two of the best things about living in the Hudson Valley are its proximity to the hustle and bustle of New York City, and its proximity to so many breath-taking natural wonders.  Bash Bish Falls is without a doubt one of those spots.  Bash Bish Falls is a 200 foot waterfall whose beauty is surrounde...

The Renaissance Faire

Aug 22, 2013

Going on weekends through September 22nd, the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY is a fun family day trip.  My husband and I thought our kids would enjoy the history and spectacle of the Faire,  so when I found out it was going on, we decided to check it out.  Not having been to the […]

New labeling standard for “Gluten-Free” food

Aug 15, 2013

Last week, renowned Celiac Disease researcher Dr. Peter Green helped the FDA reform the gluten-free food labeling standards (which currently allow up to 200 parts per million of gluten) to a voluntary compliance of up to 20 parts per million.  As exposure, and the resulting gastrointestinal distress...

Day Trip: Splashdown Beach

Aug 2, 2013

Summer in the Hudson Valley is something I look forward to all year long.  Not only do I enjoy the lush, green woods and the blue skies (finally!), but also the affordable, family-friendly outings and day trips just waiting to be planned.  Our family keeps a running “day-trip bucket list”...

A Year in the Kitchen: Pretzels

Jul 26, 2013

If you’re gluten-free and go out in the world, you’re barraged pretty frequently with things you can’t eat.  Though much of that food isn’t good for you anyway, that’s beside the point. You can’t eat it, which is very different from not wanting to eat it.  With pl...

A Year in the Kitchen: Cool snacks (gluten-free)

Jul 20, 2013

I don’t know if it’s just me, but in this heat wave, I can’t seem to muster up the energy to do much of anything. Well, other than swim, of course, but on the hottest days we stayed indoors.  However, the family needs to eat, and there’s no way around that.  Little ones get b...

Gluten-free summer living

Jul 12, 2013

Summer is a great time for quick, healthy, on-the-go meals.  I don’t know about your family, but mine loves to spend summertime poolside, out hiking or enjoying a picnic at an outdoor concert or movie.  Since many convenience foods are prepackaged, processed and not typically gluten-free, packing a ...