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Posted May 10 2011 6:50pm
Remember how last time I learned that I’ll never allow myself to run out of bananas?

Well, it’s still true.

I’ve also learned I can never pass up a sale on Barbara’s

…that I will never, ever be convinced that there is a coffee greater than Green Mountain

…I will never, ever learn that bars with a chocolate coating shouldn’t be thrown in your pocket for a snack on a sunny day…

and that sometimes the best ideas come from just listening to the radio.

It’s true. I’ve been meaning to make Swedish Not-Meatballs for the past couple of months because I’m always hearing some commercial for some bar’s famed Swedish meatballs. I know, you’re probably wondering what on earth I listen to that radio station for.

I just can’t help it, it’s that inspirational. When they’re not cracking dirty jokes and other general nonsense.

And then there’s the commercia l that Dunkin’ Donuts has been airing lately. Not gonna lie, my first thought was “that is disgusting.”

And then I realized I found it disgusting out of sheer jealousy, because honestly, why would I think that to be disgusting? I do, after all, have a blueberry chickpea recipe …and just posted about BBQ Tofu PB&J (which, by the way, I was thrilled to read so many of you wanting to try it. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Those of you who thought the idea to be putrid, that’s okay too.)

Because honestly, having maple sausage between blueberry waffles taps into my “oh, it’s salty and sweet? I’ll take it!” gene.

Yes, there’s a gene for that. I don’t know who I inherited it from because I can’t get my mom to touch the raisins (or nuts) I put in her baked eggplant , let alone eat them…but I digress.

To quote the DD website:

Two blueberry flavored waffles, scrambled egg, maple flavored sausage, and American cheese. How can it get any better?

Oh, you did not just ask that. Because it can get a whola lotta betta.

First mission? Make the “sausage.”

I attempted to mapleify my apple-curry sausages, but what I really wound up with was a big ol’ turd.

Grossest looking thing that’s ever come out of my oven. It was really brave of me to actually eat turd-looking object, but it was actually quite good. Obviously, I’m not posting that recipe, though, because no one wants to eat something that looks like…that. I’ll finagle a bagle the recipe and maybe then we’ll have something. For now, though, I’ll just direct you to this sausage recipe.

If my sister was living here still, I’d definitely have put one in her bed or something. You can call me an awful sister, but I’m still just g etting her back for seeing the Bruins twice without me.

Either way, when April Fools day rolls around next year, hit me up for this recipe. But for today, I’m moving on.

Next, came the waffles.

Obviously, I love me some waffles , but I’ve been neglecting them lately for something that comes straight out of a box. (A.K.A. cereal.) Having them for lunch or dinner is a little more convenient these days.

Now, Dunkin’ does this with blueberries “blueberry nuggets,” but I was really feelin’ strawberries instead.

If your face is still in “scrunchy face ew” mode at the mention of blueberry nuggets, maybe I should clarify that yes, I just said blueberry nuggets.

INGREDIENTS: Egg Patty: Whole Eggs, Whole Milk, Soy Oil, Water, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Xanthan Gum, White Pepper, Citric Acid; Blueberry Flavored Waffle: Water, Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Canola Oil, Blueberry Nuggets (Dextrose, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Soybean Oil, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Blueberries, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Blue 2 Lake, Red 40 Lake), Nonfat Dry Milk, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Sugar, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Egg Yolks, Egg Whites, Calcium Propionate (Preservative); Maple Flavored Sausage: Pork, Water, Sugar, Maple Sugar, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural and Artificial Maple Flavor (with Maltodextrin, Caramel Color, Maple Syrup), Dextrose, Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, Spice Extractives, BHA and Propyl Gallate (Preservatives), Citric Acid; Cheese: American Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Water, Dry Cream, Milkfat, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Annatto and Oleoresin Paprika Color (if colored), Soy Lecithin (non-sticking agent).

Well then.

Here’s how she went down:

  • a basic oatmeal and cornmeal waffle recipe, most reminiscent of this one , with strawberries added in
  • browned mushrooms (I watched Julie & Julia the other week and now all I say to myself is “don’t crowd the mushrooms!” when doing this)
  • chopped seitan sausage
  • an eensy-weensy drizzle of maple syrup
You know what?

Dunkin’ Donuts is on to something. I could eat like this.

…although having a giant plate of kale chips on the side is always nice, too.

**Disclaimer: I’m not badmouthing Dunkin’ Donuts for having a wafflewich, obviously, even if I didn’t have nice things to say about their blueberry nuggets. I was, after all, the one to have my own wafflewich for dinner. Apparently my standards are slipping, because I was also the one exclaiming “C’mon! There’s nothing that bad about a wafflewich!” to Bobby Flay through my screen as he was critiquing Soul Daddy’s wafflewich.)  And just to bring my wafflewich word count to 6 for this paragraph, I’ll say it again: wafflewich.***

What do you take inspiration from?

What have you “recreated” or “made over” lately/tried to replicate?

Say wafflewich once or twice, just for fun for me?

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