Brie-Slathered Waffles with Berries

New Year’s morning dawned bright and chilly three days ago. Three days! How have we already landed into tax preparation season, and diet detox season, and Easter-candy-in-the-grocery-aisles season? I don’t feel certain of how it all happened, but here we are. Three days in. And I’m rather enjoying  2013.

For one thing, I enjoy the dawn of a new year. 2012 was full of such turmoil, transition, and change. I hoped, on some severe level, that the New Age believers had it right, that the end of the Mayan Calendar meant the end of the world as we knew it, with the great ushering in of an age of Enlightenment once the clock ticked past that final date etched in ancient record. I don’t know if it’ll all be quite that, the thing about years is they tend to be full of a lot of breathing and eating and tiny-movements toward change, but the struggle and imperfections of everyday life, the fight for growth amidst the drudgery of routine, the making of magic in the midst of mortality…I rather think that is enlightenment, and we don’t need to wait for the arrival of some supernatural chemistry to make it better than it already can be when we decide to relish what we already have.

On the morning of New Years, I was awakened with a kiss. I moved about a kitchen making waffles while a darling new boyfriend busied himself making frothy cappuccino’s,  our barefeet padding the floor as we moved around each other. We set colored plates and bright red napkins on a white table moments before diving into brie-slathered waffles, maple syrup coated berries, and yummy conversation. Is this quiet simplicity enlightenment? If so, I think I shall request a good bit more of it. Also, I’ll keep relishing it. Because, Mmmmm….yummy.

This year on Cheeky Kitchen there’s gonsta be a fun, new focus on recipes I actually have time and money to make. Several of you darling readers have mentioned the number of sponsored posts that hit this site in the month of December. It’s been cray busy, moving into life as a single mama. Thanks so much for being patient as I work through the transition between what life was and what it is now. Rather than pretend everything is the same, I’m ready to grasp reality, and toss up recipes that will help all of us with our busy schedules. Get ready for healthy, fast, just a handful of ingredients, and family-friendly recipes as always, all with a handsomely delish foodie twist.

This is gonna be good. You ready? With a year full of recipes we all really have time to make, maybe this will be the year of enlightenment. After all, it’s the simple things. It really is.


Brie-Slathered Waffles with Berries


4 frozen belgian waffles
(or your favorite waffle recipe all baked up)
4 ounces brie spread (or triple cream brie)
2 cups blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and/or strawberries
1 cup pure maple syrup


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place waffles on a baking sheet and cook 7-10 minutes, or until hot. Schmear brie (or brie spread) over each waffle, return to oven and cook an additional 5-8 minutes, until the brie is melted. Top with fresh berries and maple syrup and serve immediately.