Best Waffles

by Koko on March 2, 2015 · 0 comments

in Breakfast, Cooking, Recipe


It is my family’s tradition to have waffles every Christmas morning. Mom preps the batter the night before and as soon as we wake up on Christmas she starts up the waffle machine. We serve them with fresh berries, maple syrup, butter and whipped cream.


About once a month, Q and I make waffles for Sunday breakfast. I follow my mom’s tried and true recipe to a tee and it never disappoints. The only downside of this recipe is you have to prep the batter the night before so that it can rise. We use our Griddler with waffle inserts to make the waffles. My mom uses an old school Waffle Maker. Both turn out wonderfully (although mom’s always taste better).




Gelson’s Turkey Chili

by Koko on February 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Recipe, Soups & Chilis

gelson's chili

I like to call this chili “man chili” aka the opposite of “Koko chili.” “Koko chili” consists of lots of beans, broth, tomatoes, and then some meat thrown in. Examples of my kind of chili are Spicy Slow Cooker Chili or Easy Weeknight Black Bean and Turkey Chili- yes they have meat, but they have so much MORE. On the other hand, “man chili” is mainly meat, some beans and not a whole lot of broth. Yes, you can spice it up with some avocado, cheese and sour cream, but at its heart, it is man food.

For the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, I decided to make Q his “man chili” aka this Gelson’s Turkey Chili. I served it over brown rice and with some homemade corn bread. And Q could not stop talking about the fact that THIS is what chili should be like.



turkey sloppy joe, brioche buns

This has to be one of my favorite “man dishes.” While Q was deployed, my mom came to visit and we stocked the freezer with buns and Sloppy Joe mix so upon his return he had real man food. When Q came home and finally had one, he told me he would happily eat one every day of his life. Yes folks, they are THAT good.

For those of you who don’t want to hassle with making your own buns (listen, I know it’s not easy), go ahead and buy good ones from the grocery store. For those of you risking to make your own buns, good luck (but really, don’t worry about the shapes of your buns, just have fun with it). A great video on how to knead is here





turkey sloppy joes, brioche buns, buns,



Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Koko on January 26, 2015 · 3 comments

in Baking, Cookies, Recipe

deep dish cookie

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies are the treat of the week over here at the Bahler residence. These special treats are replicas of the BJ’s pizookie, a decadent ooie gooie cookie topped with ice cream. These “cookies” are baked in a deep ramekin, the top turns out nice and brown and the inside is still gooey and cookie dough esque.


I love making these for company because they can easily be made in advance, covered and kept in the fridge until company comes. Our company really enjoyed having individual desserts, and the presentation of a warm cookie with a scoop of fancy ice cream (we used Haagen Dazs Caramel Cone) really wowed them.

These are best served warm, so I like to put them in the oven as soon as I serve dinner. They take about 20 minutes and should sit for 5-10 before serving. This recipe can easily be doubled to make enough for a larger dinner party. I’ve done this and it has turned out really well.