Category Archives: Chocolate

Oatmeal-Walnut Waffles (With Chocolate Chips for my Sweetie)

oatmeal waffles

I’m happy to report that I’ve survived another pumpkin season, working at my family’s business Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Nebraska! One of the most fun things we did at the pumpkin patch this year was to host a pancake breakfast every Saturday in October. My sisters and I had to report to the farm bakery at 7am sharp, prep pancake batter, bacon and coffee for around 100 people and hope we could keep up with the flipping and serving. This event was a labor of love really – it was our Grandpa Ernie’s idea, back in the day, and we’re using our Grandpa Chuck’s from-scratch Buttermilk Pancake recipe, and well… our family just loves good pancakes, and we had fun sharing this passion with early-bird farm guests.

pancake breakfast

So naturally, my first Saturday morning back in Boston, reunited with my sweetie pie, I decided to switch up my delicious routine a bit (but not too much) and make waffles. I really like oatmeal waffles and pancakes because you get the extra texture and heartiness from the oats. I also added walnuts and a handful of mini chocolate chips to the batter (Geoff always requests chocolate chips in his pancakes). And mmm-mmm, these were just what we needed to kick the weekend off right. I may not have to whip up pancakes for 100 anymore (until next year!) but I’m happy to keep the Saturday morning pancake/waffle tradition going at the Fong house. Continue reading

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be? I can’t remember where I first heard this question, but somehow it stuck with me – I went through a period in college where it became my conversation starter of choice. Friends and new acquaintances would tell me their cookie and I would confidently spout out their personality profiles, like a fortune teller working on a Psych degree. And maybe I was just good at imagining stories, but it really did seem like people’s answers were a reflection of their personalities (watch out for those Oatmeal Raisin types!).

Chocolate Chip Cookies

And my answer to the question? Chocolate Chip: Classic, traditional, cheerful, easy-going, sweet and simple, always welcome, and, most of all, everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies. And that is why every baker needs a go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in their apron pocket.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
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