20 responses

  1. Manon from Ontario
    September 23, 2012

    Love the waffle hash browns!
    MFO

  2. Rebecca
    September 24, 2012

    Nice post Julie! I like the little updates about all the things that you’ve been up to. I know that you’ve hinted at fertility struggles in the past – a common theme for many women in my life. While I’m sorry for your challenges, it warms my heart to see how close W is to his cousin (and how supportive you are of your sister).

    p.s. Looking forward to trying the hashbrown idea!

  3. Cathy
    September 24, 2012

    You obviously favour one boy over the other – LOL! It never occurred to me that people might think B was yours too, but of course, I know you guys :)

    I always think it’s just so great the way you and your sister support each other – I wish I had a sister across the street and a quasi sib for A!

    Yum, hashsbrowns!

  4. Lori E
    September 24, 2012

    I never use the shredded hash browns because I can’t them to crisp up nicely. There is no stopping me now. This will be a big hit at my house for sure. Plus I never make waffles anymore. New use for an old appliance.

  5. Lana
    September 24, 2012

    That first photo just made my mouth water! I can’t wait to try this. We have a waffle-iron that makes two individual, square waffles so we will have our own hashbrown “nest” for the rest of our breakfast. YUM! Thank you for this!

  6. Nicole Boyhouse
    September 24, 2012

    Ha! That made me laugh, how you are always favouring your son.

    And mother of god, those ice cream sandwiches. Must go now and make some chocolate zucchini bread.

  7. sara
    September 24, 2012

    Those ice cream sandwiches look awesome – what a great idea! YUM!

  8. Carolyn
    September 24, 2012

    In an earlier post, I feared by what you said/didn’t say that you and Mike had split. I am so relieved to hear you refer to him. I can’t imagine how it must feel to want another child and not have it happening, but my heart and thoughts reach out to you.

  9. Debra.
    September 24, 2012

    We are 2 for 5 in the kid department. Maybe fifth is your charm too !

  10. Lesli C-K
    September 24, 2012

    I loved seeing some pics of your trip to the farm. And I am going to try the ‘waffle hashbrowns’ – that`s something I haven`t seen. Thanks, Julie.

  11. Carol S-B
    September 24, 2012

    Julie, your brilliance never ceases to amaze. So one of your next cookbooks needs to be, “Original uses for ordinary appliances”. The waffle iron that was languishing, unloved, in the dusty reaches of the cupboard has a new life, turning out brownies (Oh, yeah, we remember that one), croques monsieur, gourmet grilled cheese, and hash browns. That sad little coffee pot in the hotel room perks right up when it’s pressed into service to heat soup. And the panini press? just a trendy flash in the pan? not when you grill mini doughnuts in it and serve them with Julie’s amazing caramel sauce for dipping.
    I can’t wait to hear what happens with the fondue pot…

  12. Teri
    September 24, 2012

    Sounds like you haven’t been getting the record breaking lows that are showing up in Manitoba, or there abouts. We’ve had frost in Ontario and temps around 16.

    Love the idea of the waffle hashbrowns. I low carb so we’ll try it sometime using a shredded sweet potato for mine. Thanks for the idea!

  13. Laurie from Burnaby
    September 24, 2012

    It’s a great idea to use an old waffle iron to make hash browns. I have an old coffee percolator that I use to cook asparagus – it stands up on the thick end which protects the tender tips while it’s cooking

    • JulieVR
      September 24, 2012

      Has anyone ever told you you’re a genius??

  14. RMB
    September 25, 2012

    My daughter loves Rachael Ray and watches her show every day, occasionally requesting that we make recipes from the show. Anyway, RR has done Waffle weeks, where she uses her Waffle Iron for things other than waffles. And this week is Mini Muffin week. If you’re looking for recipes for rarely used kitchen items, you could check out her website.

    On another note, I’ve always thought it was clear that you only had one son and any other children were rellies or friends.

    I walk past Gruman’s deli on my way to work and always wonder about it (it’s 6:30 am, so it’s not open). Loved the Gullet photo — will have to go there for lunch.

  15. Bev
    September 25, 2012

    These look so amazing, I am so excited! I love my waffle iron, so it will be VERY fun to make crispy potatoes in there!!

  16. Laura
    September 25, 2012

    Can we blame it on the late hour (12:40 am) that I was certain this post was about layering ice cream inbetween hash browns cooked in the waffle iron? Or the fact that I am about to lick my screen looking and said hash browns?

    BRILLIANT!

  17. Stephanie
    September 28, 2012

    yum!!!! I recently received a waffle maker and hadn’t thought of grating potatoes on it. That looks amazing.

  18. Audrey
    October 6, 2012

    The zucchini cake sounds delicious! It almost looks like a brownie, yum!

  19. Marianne Stancin
    October 9, 2012

    Tried the hashbrown waffles, and they were delish! Got a brand new waffle iron and haven’t even made waffles yet only these scruptions hasbrowns. Thanks for all the ideas, keep them coming my family thinks I’m brilliant.

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