I think everyone can agree, there is something about coming home. No matter the age, coming home is so beautifully comforting. The smells, sights, and voices of the familiar put me at ease the moment I step foot inside my house.
Breakfast. In my opinion, one of the most glorious times of the day. I’m a morning person by nature, made even more so by a few cups of strong coffee. My favorite mornings are those when I am able to sit and have a long breakfast, usually stretching over a couple hours, while watching the Today Show and reading the paper.
But beyond coffee, breakfast can also present some challenges, because what is consumed in the morning usually sets the tone for eating patterns the rest of the day. Can anyone relate? I know if I start the day off with something overly sweet, my willpower the rest of the day is at a serious disadvantage. Battling my sweet tooth once it gets going is a losing game.
Some may suggest a fiber-filled bowl of oatmeal, but I find that starting my day off with a heaping bowl of carbohydrates, even if they are the good kind, just isn’t a good fit either. What’s a busy, health-concious, food-loving girl to do? Don’t write me off as crazy when I tell you that my solution is a Berry Tofu Smoothie.
I beg you….give this recipe a try. Packed with protein, calcium, and a serving of fruit, my Berry Tofu Smoothie manages to curb my craving for sweet without loading me down and keeps me full for hours. Try it…. and let me know what you think!
Berry Tofu Smoothie:
1 cup frozen mixed berries of your choice
1/2 cup Silken Tofu (firm or soft, it does not matter)
1/2 – 3/4cup skim milk
1 light yogurt such as Dannon Light and Fit or YoLight (any flavor you like)
2 tsp. Splenda (optional, but I like my smoothie a bit sweeter)
In a blender, process until smooth. The mixture will be thick, which I love. If you want a more drinkable smoothie, just add a bit more milk.
Cookbooks and I have somewhat of a complex relationship. They are both loved and hated simultaneously. In my tiny room, amid limited desk space, the top shelf is lined with everything from Cooking with Les Dames d’Escoffier to The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. I’ve spent hours curled up in front of the TV with cookbooks, enamored as much with the photos as the recipes themselves. In these books I find inspiration for new recipes, but I have a confession……very rarely do I actually swallow my pride and make a recipe from one of these books, a recipe that is (gasp!) not my own.
Today marks my last “first day” of classes….ever! I can hardly believe that my last semester of college is here. As a way to celebrate the last weekend of summer, I made a trip up to Minnesota to visit my best friend and have a relaxing weekend of good food, shopping, and catching up before classes.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of many of the great things we ate this weekend! I’m still growing accustomed to the idea of taking pictures of my food BEFORE I dig in. Usually I’m so excited about what’s in front of me that photographing my food goes to the bottom of my to-do list.
Every time I am up in Minnesota, I make a point to eat at least one lunch at D’Amico and Sons, since they only have locations in Minnesota and one in Naples, Florida. If you ever have a chance to eat lunch there, I would highly recommend it! I had a salad sampler plate with the “Fresh Vegetable, Mozzarella, and Romesco” and “Salmon and Shirmp” salads. Delish!
Another food highlight was the Hornsby’s Hard Cider. I usually don’t care for beer, but this drink was great! Emily and I had one outside while waiting for the barbecue to finish. It was a great way to beat the heat and tide us over until dinner was ready.
Off to class, once again!
Okay, back to the food! Cafe di Scala is a beautiful little restaurant inside an old Victorian house. With intimate seating areas and a great Italian menu, you can’t go wrong. I ordered an crostini with tomatoes and pesto sauce off the appetizer menu and the spicy onion soup. It was a great combo that didn’t leave me feeling hungry or overly stuffed. We also shared a couple of desserts for the table. I would highly reccomend the flourless chocolate torte with almond brittle crust. The saltiness of the brittle paired with the deep richness of the chocolate was fantastic!
The most wonderful part of the night, however, was spending time with some truly beautiful people who love a good meal and great conversation as much as I do. A successful night indeed.