I was surprised to realize recently that sometimes practical gifts bring the most joy. My 9-year-old boys gave me a Waffle Iron for my birthday this year. As I opened their gift, their giddy looks of anticipation and glee made me smile. Their joy reinforced the importance of home-cooked comfort food, especially for kids who are gluten-free.

This waffle recipe is the best I've made. Find it at Epicurious.com. Try it with a pile of fresh berries, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a lot of love.

P.S. You'll be a goddess for a day if you have some whipped cream to dollop on top!

Kitchenfrau's Gluten Free Waffles

1 ½ cups rice flour (brown or white or combination)
½ cup tapioca flour
½ cup potato starch
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs, separated
½ cup oil
1 ½ cups milk (or almond milk, coconut milk or rice milk)

Mix all dry ingredients together with wire whip. Set aside.
Mix vanilla, egg yolks, oil and milk. Add to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly with wire whip.
In a separate bowl, whip egg whites with beaters until peaks form. Gently fold into batter.
Cook in waffle iron as directed, spraying iron with cooking oil spray as needed.
Makes about 7 waffles.

Our waffle iron is a Chef's Choice Waffle Pro 830B -- a perfect nonstick waffle iron.