Some awesome ways to use a waffle iron we found on www.lifehacker.com, written by Alan Henry. Just for fun, we are going to try them all. [caption id="attachment_1242" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo by J. Chris Vaughan[/caption] "The waffle iron has long been considered the quintessential "back of the kitchen cabinet" gift, only dragged out for that one time every few months you bother to make waffles from scratch, but thanks to the folks at Chow, it doesn't have to be. After all, what's a waffle iron but a pair of heating elements with a small space between? That's perfect for waffle-shaped brownies, muffins, and yes, even crispy fried hash-browns, just the way you like them. The principle for brownies and muffins is much the same as cookies and pizza pockets—you just need low heat, the right batter, and about five minutes of cooking time (Chow has recipes, if you're already eager.) Hash Browns are similar, but you'll need more heat, some oil to keep the potatoes from sticking while they cook, and more time, especially if you like your hash browns nice and crispy. Either way, and whichever recipes you use, it doesn't take too much effort to make your waffle iron an appliance worth keeping on the counter top instead of buried in the back of your pantry."