Chocolate Chip and Kahlua Liqueur Waffles – Let’s Get Cooking, Gainesville, Florida–and alligators

Mike with the yummy waffles he made for us

My brother Mike adapted the Heart Smart Bisquick waffle recipe into an even tastier version –

Preparation time: 3 minutes

Bake time: 5 minutes per batch

Spray waffle iron and preheat.


Waffle ingredients

2 cups of Bisquick Heart Smart mix

1/3 cup Kahlua or Tia Maria liqueur

1 cup milk

Chocolate chips – to your taste.  (Mike says the small chips tend to scorch less than the big chocolate chips).

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 egg

Stir ingredients until moist.

Pour onto the center of the hot greased waffle iron enough mixture to cover the waffle plates.   Mike says the chocolate chips tend to stay in the bottom of the mixing bowl, so you will need to help them get onto the waffle iron.

Close the waffle lid.

Bake about five minutes, until the steaming stops.  (The first one will take a little longer).

Carefully remove the waffle.  Enjoy.

Yummy chocolate and Kahlua waffles made by Mike

Continue the  process of cooking the waffles.

** To reheat (as if there is a chance any are left over): Heat waffles in a toaster until crisp.

High altitude (3,500-6,500′) – increase liquid to 1 1/2 cups.

This might not be the healthiest breakfast, but it is delicious.  Barry tried to mitigate the dietary impact by using sugar-free syrup.

Besides us eating well in Gainesville and enjoying visiting my brother and his wife, Erika, I wanted to see alligators.

With Mike, Barry, and Erika on a search for alligators

We found some.

Two came up toward the river bank where we were standing

Alligators are very quiet; I heard no splash

When they saw we had no food (and were too big to eat) the alligators left

I didn’t want to get too close.

The closest view I got of alligators was on the front page of the Gainesville paper:

from the 9/27/11 front page of The Sun Express. The little alligators look cute.

Gainesville with its University of Florida alligator logo means that we saw “gators” everywhere.

Hanging out with Mike

Sampling the local micro-brew

Front: Alan and Mike; Dad and Margaret, me and Patty

Come visit Gainesville — and try Mike’s Chocolate Chip and Kahlua waffles, but don’t eat so many that you can’t run away from the alligators.

Aloha, Renee


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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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