Taking on the Waffle Taco

There aren’t too many things I love more than a good breakfast. If given the choice between eating breakfast, lunch or dinner every day for the rest of my life, it’s breakfast all the way — beyond a doubt. Pancakes, waffles (with real Bisquick), eggs scrambled, over easy, sunnyside up, cinnamon rolls, muffins, toast, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, bagels and cream cheese, doughnuts, syrup, cereal — the list goes on and on. Pour a hot cup of coffee, and I’m set for the rest of the day. So, naturally, when I heard Taco Bell was launching their first breakfast menu today, I knew where my morning would lead.

waffle tacoThis is surprising to me considering the fact that I am not a fast food breakfast person. I’m not even a fast food person really. I actually had never been to a Taco Bell until Jacob and I went there on our first date. But for some reason or another, seeing Taco Bell’s breakfast promo made my mouth water. A.M. sausage and bacon crunchwrap/tacos, breakfast burritos, cinnabon delights. The pièce de résistance, though, has to be the waffle taco. A sausage patty (or bacon) with eggs squished into a waffle shaped like a taco topped with cheese. So at 10:30 a.m., I pulled up to drive thru, placed my order to an overly-friendly Taco Bell employee and experienced my first waffle taco.

My review? You’ll have to see the end of this post for that. By now, though, you should realize I never focus my blog entirely on the creations of others. I always like to switch it up a bit so I decided to create my own take on the perfect waffle taco breakfast.

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Every Kitchen Should Be Green

Ever since I can remember, I’ve held the belief that every kitchen should be green. To be honest, I’m not really sure why I think this way. Maybe because it’s my favorite color. The psychology of color says that green rooms offer tranquility and health. Calm, quiet, soothing. Who wouldn’t see the appeal in that? Thinking back, I remember seeing a picture in one of my Mom’s Country Living magazines. It was set in this adorable little cottage in the middle of some woods. The kitchen had green walls, white cabinets, hardwood floors. It looked perfect.

Since then, I’ve always wanted a green kitchen for myself. So consequently, that’s the first project I gave myself for our new house. When we first moved in, all the walls were the same color from when the house was first built. As much as I love a good beige, it’s important for me to have some personality flow throughout the house. And for our kitchen, green was the natural choice.

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It’s the Luck of the Irish

Coming from a large Irish background, I’m no stranger to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I’m pretty strict when it comes to following the typical traditions — decking out in all things green and enjoying at least one glass of green beer. I have a lot of Irish heritage on my Dad’s side (among many other backgrounds) so St. Patty’s was a big holiday in my family. My parents always made sure I was wearing some form of green that day for school, lest I be painfully pinched. Aside from clipping on shamrock pins or listening to some good Irish music, I mostly remember the food. Sheppard’s pie, corn beef and cabbage, potato and leek soup — the works. My favorite thing to eat, though, was definitely Irish soda bread.

Warm, fluffy and sweet, Irish soda bread couldn’t get any better. The traditional Irish soda bread typically includes whole meal flour, buttermilk and caraway seeds. But this year I decided to switch it up a bit by making Irish soda bread muffins. I always like to add a special “Claire” touch to everything I make and while it might go against tradition, I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

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First Come, First Serve

Welcome to my inaugural post in my little corner of the inter-webs. This day kicks off the beginning of what I hope are many more posts to come for my blog — Just a Little Bit of Clarity.

In this Food for Thought, I’ll be showing you how to make a classic margherita pizza. It seems strange to me that my first post should be centered around a pizza, but such is the case. I say this because up until recently I absolutely hated pizza. I know, right? Who in world hates eating pizza? I might as well have been the only kid in the world to feel this way. Sleepovers, birthday parties, Girl Scout meetings. Those were the worst. My Mom always had to pack a Tupperware full of spaghetti while the other kids filled up on pepperoni or sausage. Needless to say, I was the “odd man out.”

So why am I writing about pizza for my first post? Like with most things, my taste buds changed over time. Once I found out there were other possibilities outside of Papa John’s or Domino’s, I actually found out not all pizzas need to be filled with grease or cardboard crust to taste delicious. And here I find myself enjoying a fabulous margherita pizza that I’m going to share with you today.

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