How did you celebrate National Waffle Day? On August 24 in 1869, a man named Cornelius Swartwout received the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Waffles are a delightful breakfast food and can be paired with almost any topping. Butter and maple syrup, fruit and whipped cream, a big scoop of ice cream, or even a helping of fried chicken—the choice is yours! Missed National Waffle Day? Don’t despair. National Waffle Week begins Sunday! The first waffles originated in Ancient Greece. The Greeks would cook flat cakes called obelios between two metal pans held over a fire. The Europeans (especially Belgium) perfected their recipes in the 1700s. Waffles in America. It is said the Pilgrims brought the waffle to America around 1620 when they founded New Amsterdam (later called New York). It seems they picked them up in Holland where they made a brief stop before turning west. Some stories say Thomas Jefferson started a mini-American waffle movement in the 1790s when he returned from France with a goose-handled waffle iron. In the late 1940s, when the electric waffle iron replaced those inconvenient metal plates, waffles officially became an American favorite. Things improved even more at the 1964 World’s Fair, when Americans were introduced to the Belgian waffle, made fluffy with the help of yeast and egg whites. Now the focus is on how to make the best-tasting waffle, not just how to cook it. Today the American waffle varies in size, shape, and toppings.
With more than 1,600 Waffle House restaurants scattered across America, the all-new Waffle House iPhone and Android locator applications will direct you to the closest restaurant and keep you connected with the Waffle Nation. Now that’s coverage. But wait! That’s breakfast, but what about the rest of the day & night? CHICKEN & WAFFLES That’s where Fried Chicken & waffles comes in, and this couple has its own story. The South has always claimed fried chicken & waffles as one of the original soul-food items. BUT, the Pennsylvania Dutch country was serving waffles topped with pulled chicken and gravy as early as 1610. It just never really crossed state lines. Challenging the Southern claim is Harlem, New York. In 1938, Wells supper club, which was just around the corner from the Apollo Theater, was the late night spot for jazz musicians of the time. Too late for dinner and not ready for breakfast, the musicians would unwind with fried chicken & waffles.
Stars like Sammy Davis Jr. & Nat King Cole were longstanding customers. Every part of the country has their version of Chicken & Waffles. Some do it with chicken wings, some use breasts, but for me there are only chicken legs. I can hold that leg in one hand while I cut the waffle with a folk in the other hand. Remember there is nothing better, after partying hard, then a full-flavored meal of grease & dough better known as Chicken & Waffles. Here are some suggestions for you to experience. I plan to highlight one each day on our Facebook page.
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