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[#] Tue Feb 09 2016 15:08:18 EST from LoanShark

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an appropriately small drizzle of wasabi mayo (on a just-barely-seared tuna steak) is nice.

[#] Tue Feb 09 2016 18:25:02 EST from zooer

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> an appropriately small drizzle

Give or take.

[#] Wed Feb 10 2016 10:44:53 EST from zooer

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For national pizza day I tried the waffle pizzas again.  Don't put the sauce inside the waffle/calzone, they turn out much better if it is only cheese toppings inside.  Pour the sauce on top.

[#] Sat Feb 13 2016 12:49:49 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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That actually sounds a whole lot more sensible ... just leave the sauce out of the calzone completely; instead serve it in a ramekin for dippin'   :)

[#] Sun Feb 14 2016 14:02:56 EST from vince-q

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Hate to disagree but... and there are even Italians that dispute this...

The sauce belongs INSIDE the calzone.

The exception is, of course, northern Italians. They dip everything. After all, most of them would rather be French...

[#] Sun Feb 14 2016 20:09:18 EST from zooer

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Sat Feb 13 2016 12:49:49 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

That actually sounds a whole lot more sensible ... just leave the sauce out of the calzone completely; instead serve it in a ramekin for dippin'   :)

It wasn't great, but it might be a fun thing to do with the kids. Everyone likes waffles, everyone likes pizza.  

Sun Feb 14 2016 02:02:56 PM EST from vince-q @ Uncensored
Hate to disagree but... and there are even Italians that dispute this...

The sauce belongs INSIDE the calzone.

The exception is, of course, northern Italians. They dip everything. After all, most of them would rather be French...

  Okay, you can try waffle calzones with the sauce on the inside and after cleaning up the mess you might think to yourself, " hey, these are not traditional Eye-Talon calzones, they are toppings placed between dough and cooked in a waffle iron, maybe the sauce belongs on top like a syrup belongs on a waffle."


[#] Mon Feb 15 2016 11:03:40 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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At this point we have to consider whether it's a good idea to try to make calzones in a waffle maker in the first place.  PICS OR IT DIDNT HAPPEN

[#] Mon Feb 15 2016 11:36:06 EST from zooer

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Sigh, I wish you said this two weeks ago.  I had pictures, I was going to upload them but I figured no one would care.
It looks like a freaking waffle.  I took pictures of the first mess with all the sauce and cheese spilling onto the counter.  I took a second set of pictures for the good calzones.  I then decided that pictures of my new grand nephew were worth more on the SD card then pictures of pizza no one wanted to see

I will google waffle pizza and post links to those pictures and recipes.

If these are not acceptable it clearly means you don't want to spend quality time with your children.


[#] Wed Feb 17 2016 00:21:47 EST from wizard of aahz

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Simply put. When you've been out drinking and about to walk back to your dorm room and it's 20 below outside.. You want the sauce and boiling hot cheese INSIDE the calzone.. Then you use the darned thing as a source of warmth as you stumble home and take the occasional bite to a) warm your insides and b) kill the munchies.

sheesh. you folx need serious basic calzone instruction.

[#] Wed Feb 17 2016 16:07:28 EST from vince-q

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A 'waffle calzone' makes about as much sense as a 'mexican pizza' which is to say, it makes no sense at all.

[#] Wed Feb 17 2016 20:45:29 EST from zooer

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For fun!  Because everyone loves waffles, and everyone loves pizza.  Put the two together!


You know who doesn't like waffles or pizza?  MEXICANS! (Citation needed)

[#] Thu Feb 18 2016 19:03:23 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hey! You *NEVER* need a citation here. This isn't Wikipedophilia. Make stuff up and it instantly becomes the truth. For example, Jamie Oliver really does take all of his clothes off when he cooks.

I'd put waffle calzones in the same category as non-NY pizza. You can do it, and it might even be tasty, but it isn't really a calzone. And that's ok!

[#] Thu Feb 18 2016 20:43:35 EST from zooer

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Jamie Oliver waffled a calzone?  Wha?

That was the thing, they called it a pizza but it was more like a calzone than a pizza.  I think it should be called a pizza style stuffed waffle.  You could probably stuff it with anything.  The general idea is a stuffed waffle, this is pizza style.



[#] Thu Feb 18 2016 20:46:11 EST from zooer

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I hope "Jamie Oliver waffled a calzone" starts turning up in search engines.


[#] Fri Feb 19 2016 00:01:28 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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It will now.

[#] Mon Feb 29 2016 00:26:47 EST from ax25

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Chicken in a waffle.  And a site of grape cool-aid.

[#] Tue Mar 01 2016 10:14:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ok, let's do some cooking.  This recipe is one of my "really easy but looks fancy" standbys.  I call it "Vaguely Mediterranean Pasta."  If you're viewing this on the web there's a photo below.


  • 16-ounce box of pasta (any shape; in the photo I used Perciatelli, which worked really well)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic (2-3 cloves, or about a tablespoon minced)
  • 14-ounce can of stewed tomatoes
  • fresh spinach (typically a 10 ounce bag), washed
  • 4-6 ounces of feta cheese (whole brick or pre-crumbled, doesn't matter)
  • Crushed red pepper flake (optional)
  • Oregano, salt, pepper


  • Begin preparing the pasta according to its directions and to your desired doneness.
  • Heat up some olive oil in your favorite sautee pan.  Use a big pan for this because everything's going in.  Mince the garlic and sautee it.  If you like spicy, cook the red pepper flakes in the oil; this gives the whole dish a nice background heat without being too in-your-face.
  • When the garlic is cooked, dump in the whole can of tomatoes, including the liquid.  All of it.  If they're too big you can break them up.
  • After it comes back up to a simmer, season with oregano, salt, and pepper.  Careful with the seasonings; the stewed tomatoes might have enough in them already.  Dump in all the spinach right on top and put a lid on it.
  • When the spinach is nicely wilted, dump in all of the pasta (drained) and all of the crumbled feta cheese.   Combine thoroughly.  The cheese will not melt.

Serves 4.  Put the damn phones away and talk to each other.

[#] Tue Mar 01 2016 10:38:36 EST from zooer

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This sounds good, although I don't like a strong mint flavor in my food dishes I would add a bit of that.

[#] Tue Mar 01 2016 10:48:39 EST from zooer

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You made me think of these really good Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers   I am going to try your pasta recipe this week.


 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
 1 tsp. finely minced garlic
 1 1/2 tsp. salt (I used fine sea salt)
 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (I used curly parsley, but either type will work)
 2 T olive oil
 2 tsp. sweet paprika
 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin (recipe called for 1 tsp., but I love cumin so I used a bit more)
 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
 1/4 tsp. Aleppo pepper (recipe called for cayenne, and any type of ground red pepper would work)


Remove ground turkey from the fridge and break into pieces in a bowl, then let it come to room temperature on the counter while you chop the herbs. Mix together the minced garlic and salt and sprinkle over the surface of the ground turkey. Chop mint and parsley and add to bowl, add the 2 T olive oil, then use your hands to gently mix the garlic, salt, chopped mint, chopped parsley, and olive oil into the meat. One at a time, measure specified amounts of sweet paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander, and Aleppo pepper and sprinkle over the surface of

the meat, then mix again with your hands, just enough to combine mixture and distribute spices. (Don't overmix.) Put a piece of cling-wrap on a small cutting board and divide the meat

into 4 or 6 same-sized balls, then flatten each ball into a patty and smooth the edges. Cover patties with another piece of cling-wrap if desired, and refrigerate 30 minutes or longer. (The recipe says refrigerate up to 4 hours, and next time I'd chill for at least an hour.) Use a paper towel to wipe surface of grill with olive oil, then heat charcoal or gas grill to medium heat. (You can hold your hand over the grill for 3-4 seconds at that temperature.) When grill is hot, remove patties from the fridge and brush the top of each one with olive oil if desired. (You may not need to do this if your grill is well- seasoned.) Put oiled side down on grill grate and grill with lid closed. If you want criss-cross grill marks, check after about 4 minutes, and rotate patties. Cook about 5-6 minutes per side, or until temperature of patties reaches 165 F /75C when tested with an instant- read thermometer.


Burgers can be served plain, on a regular hamburger bun, or inside pita or flatbread like I did. I served my burgers with Tzatziki Sauce that had some added chopped mint and parsley. You could also serve these with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

Yogurt topping Ingredients:
3 cups Greek Yogurt (or regular plain yogurt, strained as described above)
juice of one lemon (about 3 T)
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
about 1 T kosher salt for salting cucumbers
1 T finely chopped fresh dill (can substitute mint leaves for a slightly different version)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

If you don't have Greek yogurt, strain plain yogurt as described above. Peel cucumbers, then cut in half lengthwise and take a small spoon and scrape out seeds. Discard seeds. (If you use the small seedless or European cucumbers with few seeds, you can skip this step.) Slice cucumbers, then put in a colander, sprinkle on 1 T salt, and let stand for 30 minutes to draw out water. Drain well and wipe dry with paper towel.


Very good pictures and detailed instructions on the website: 

[#] Wed Mar 02 2016 10:05:55 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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That almost sounds like an attempt at sort of gyro-izing the burgers.  Does it have a similar flavor profile?

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