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Leggo my Eggo! It may be the last frozen waffle I've got for awhile!

Panic at the grocery story! Eggo waffles are in short supply. For real?? This isn't some cruel April Fools joke? Oh wait, it's November. Yes, the Kellogg company - makers of the popular frozen food product - says there will be a shortage of Eggo frozen waffles. Until next summer!! Apparently two of the four plants that make the waffles are experiencing interruptions in production. Heavy rains that caused flooding have shut down the plant in Atlanta, Georgia. Couple that with repairs being done to production lines at the plant in Rossville, Tennessee, and the result will soon be empty freezer bins that once contained Eggo waffles! What's next? Food fights in the frozen food aisle? Although you won't find me tussling over the last box of Eggo at my local grocery store (is it heresy to admit I've never even tasted Eggo waffles?!), these are hard times for Eggo waffle lovers, to be sure. How will they cope? Wanna bet the sale (and price??) of waffle makers will be movin' on up? Granted, making your own waffles is a little more time-consuming and takes a bit more effort than opening the freezer and plugging in the toaster, but the result is so worth the few extra minutes and small amount of expended energy. And the rewards aren't just in the taste. Any leftovers can be frozen - and reheated in the toaster! How handy is that? Your own version of Eggos! In the freezer, ready when you are. This waffle shortage 'crisis' may indeed let you 'leggo of your Eggos'! If you're the proud owner of a waffle iron (or you're a soon-to-be-proud-waffle-iron-owner :)), this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Waffles should be in your file of recipes. And if you don't have a waffle iron and plan to ride out the waffle shortage, the batter can be used to make pancakes. (P.S. You can sign up to receive updates from Kellogg's to find out when Eggos will be on store shelves again.)

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Pumpkin Spice Waffles (Makes 8 waffles) 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground cinnamon 2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder 1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger 1 tsp (5 mL) ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda 3 eggs 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) milk 3/4 cup (175 mL) canned pumpkin purée 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, melted Cooking spray 1/3 cup (75 mL) toasted pecans, chopped Maple syrup (or table syrup) Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg and baking soda in a large bowl; mix well and set aside. Whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin purée and butter in another large bowl. Stir in flour mixture until a slightly lumpy batter forms. Spray preheated waffle iron with cooking spray; add batter and cook until waffles are set and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with chopped pecans and drizzled with maple syrup. Belgian Waffle Maker on Foodista

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