My sister and I have been going through our mothers’ things. It’s bittersweet. 

My mother passed away unexpectedly in May. 

Mom loved to cook and bake. My sister and I both enjoyed looking at her recipes and reminiscing over her cookware. There were so many lovely meals our mother made for us over the years.

She saved many things from our childhood. Simple things like measuring cups and a bright yellow strainer that triggered a flood of memories cooking together in our childhood kitchen. But what brought back our favorite memories was her waffle iron. 

Every Sunday morning without fail, my mom and dad made a huge breakfast spread that always included homemade waffles.

Both our mom and dad loved to cook. As I’ve shared with you over the years, I grew up on homemade food. Hardly anything came from a box. We cooked and baked together as a family.

I know it’s easy to pull out a box of frozen waffles out of the freezer, but not only do homemade waffles taste better, they are fun to make.

Our mom and dad did not always agree on “whose” recipe was the best. 

My mother preferred Belgian style waffles and my dad always made the smaller flatter square kind. We had two different waffle irons. My dad’s were always crisp and my mom’s were soft and tender. 

When we came across our mother’s waffle iron that made countless waffles together as a family, we had a quick game of rock, paper, scissors. I won—actually we both won. We went back to my place that night and made waffles the next morning for breakfast. 

We both talked about which recipe was the best. We agreed we preferred Dad’s but sometimes his were too dry. Mom’s waffle iron was cooler. We thought we’d try Dad’s recipe with Mom’s Belgian waffle iron. Perfection. 

I miss both my mom and dad dearly. They were a huge part of my life. I have enough memories to carry me though the tough moments when I miss them. Their special things are now “our” special things—I won’t ever forget. 

Take time to create memories because someday that’s all you will have. 

The Best Belgian Waffles 

Serves 4

2 egg yolks

2 cups whole milk

2 cups flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1/3 cup melted butter

2 tsp. vanilla

2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Preheat waffle iron.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and make a well in the center.

In another bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour and whisk the milk into the egg yolks. Add the vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and stir until there are no lumps. Stir in the melted butter. Slowly fold in the egg whites. 

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Measure out a scant cup of batter and pour onto hot waffle iron. Bake until golden brown. Serve immediately. Repeat until batter is gone. 

Lisa Erickson is a food columnist who loves adventure and food. You can find more recipes by emailing her at wildchowrecipes@gmail.com.

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