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Crispy waffles bring out the best in lunch

March 06, 2002|BY KATE COLEMAN

Cooking is a hobby for Lisa Shaw. "It's really a relaxation," she says.

So far.

That may change on Saturday, March 9, when Shaw prepares one of her favorite recipes - live on television.

Shaw and her recipe were selected to be part of "B is for Brunch," a three-and-a-half-hour cooking marathon that will be broadcast on WITF-TV, the public television station in Harrisburg, Pa.

Shaw, who lives in Mercersburg, Pa., likes to watch television cooking shows. When she saw the invitation to send recipes for a chance to be part of the program, she said, "What the heck," and gave it a try.

The program is one of several in the station's alphabet series. Others have included "V is for Vegetable," "E is for Ethnic" and "P is for Pasta," says Sandy Kern, who produces WITF's cooking shows.

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Central Pennsylvania residents - "just regular people who like to cook" -each will have nine and a half minutes to share their favorite ways to "do brunch," Kern says.

Shaw, 40, has been making an adapted version of the raised waffle recipe from Rose Levy Beranbaum's "Cake Bible" book for several years. If you're looking for the recipe in the book, it's called "Marion Cunningham's Raised Waffles."

Shaw and her husband, James, enjoy entertaining. An agriculture teacher at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Shaw likes to make "unfussy" meals look elaborate.

Raised waffles meet her requirements.

The batter can be prepared in five to eight minutes the night before. Leftover batter freezes well, Shaw says.

She likes to serve the waffles with a fruit topping - strawberries, blueberries or raspberries, and she sometimes uses low-fat yogurt instead of sweet maple syrup. Canadian bacon, ham or sausages are nice complements, Shaw says.

Cooked waffles also freeze well and come in handy for dessert. Shaw recommends ice cream and a fruit topping.

Shaw will take some already prepared Raised Waffles to the studio Saturday. And she has been practicing her preparation at home. She says she's not nervous - yet.

Although she hasn't ever cooked on a live television broadcast, Shaw and her cooking have experienced a bit of the limelight. Cakes she has baked and donated to benefit auctions for local organizations have brought as much as $450.

Is there a secret to Shaw's waffle making?

The secret may be in the waffle iron Shaw has had since before she was married 12 years ago.

She wanted to have a less beat-up utensil for her television debut, so she bought a new one.

She tried several batches on the new iron, but the waffles weren't brown enough, and they were soft and mushy.

She ordered one via rush delivery from a cooking catalog and will give it a try. If she's not satisfied with the waffles, she'll take her old standby to Harrisburg.

Watch out, Emeril. Bam! Here comes Lisa Shaw.

To watch Shaw make the waffles, tune to:

"B Is For Brunch" WITF-TV

Central PA Cooks Share Best Brunch Recipes

Saturday, March 9, 2 to 5:30 p.m. and rebroadcast Sunday, March 17 from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

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